Musical ensembles flourish at Felsted and include a Symphony Orchestra, String Orchestra, Wind Band, Jazz Band, Full Chapel Choir, the 20 Chamber Choir, Wind Quintet, Brass Ensemble, Flute Choir and chamber groups including string quartets, piano trios and many more. All of these ensembles have regular opportunities to perform to the School as well as wider audiences in a calendar of musical concerts and competitions and solo performances are also encouraged. The Wind Quintet was recently awarded a free professional coaching session at the National Chamber Music Competition for Schools.
As well as providing regular music for Sunday chapel services, the Full Choir and Chamber Choir both contribute to concerts each term performing a mixed repertoire of sacred and secular works.
Felsted's Symphony Orchestra is a full-sized orchestra, which takes on major works for termly concerts. Recent performances have included ‘Bolero’ – Ravel, ‘Symphonie Fantastique’ – Berlioz, ‘Symphony in D minor’ – Franck, ‘Symphony no.5’ - Shostakovich and ‘Danse Macabre’ – Saint-Saens. The orchestra regularly accompanies our most talented musicians in concerto performances, including the Saint-Saens '‘Cello Concerto' and the Grieg ‘Piano Concerto’.
Our Jazz Band is a full Big Band which plays jazz in many different styles. In the past pupils have had professional coaching from the renowned British jazz musician, Django Bates.
Chamber and Solo Performance are encouraged and there are many opportunities for pupils to perform. Chamber ensembles are flexible and depend on the players we have in the school, but recently have included string quartets, piano trios, brass ensemble, flute choir and saxophone quartet. We are also invited to play outside of school. Recent performances have been at Abbess Roding Church (solo/chamber music), Colne Engaine Church (Jazz Band), White Roding (Jazz Band) and the Chelmsford Fringe Festival.