Music is vibrant at QEHS, with the focus being on creating music of a high standard which involves as many students as possible. The ensembles we currently run are:
- Concert Band
- Swing Band
- Junior Band
- Chamber Choir
- Flute Choir
- Cinematic Percussion Ensemble
- Guitar Ensemble
plus a range of smaller ensembles run by staff and students. New starters join Junior Band after a term of lessons. Many students play more than one instrument in school, and there are many students who have private lessons outside school and take part in school ensembles.
We run GCSE and A Level Music courses and are well resourced as a department, with a suite of computers with both Sibelius and Cubase, a range of music practice rooms, a class set of djembe, and a full samba kit. We hold ABRSM Practical Exams each term at school and can also book Trinity Exams to be taken at Lincoln Music Centre. We also offer ABRSM Theory Classes after school throughout the year subject to demand. Students who have private lessons can take their ABRSM Exams at school if this is more convenient.
We put on two main concerts each year with all school ensembles (Christmas and Spring). The Choirs and senior instrumentalists are also invited to take part in the annual “Carols For All” celebration at Gainsborough All Saints’ Church in mid-December with Gainsborough Choral Society and Lincoln Pro Musica Orchestra.
Other music performances include numerous small recitals through the school year, including Piano Recital, Junior and Senior Recitals, and the Guitar and Drum Recital, and events organised by Lincolnshire Music Service. Year 7 students put on their own musical production each year (for example, Lion King, Aladdin, or Beauty and the Beast), which ensures that they are excited by and involved in music right from their early days in the school. House Music is a competitive student-run event which takes place in February. The Music Department also offers students the opportunity to take their Bronze Arts Award qualification.
The whole-school production takes place in the Summer Term; recent productions include Grease, Wizard of Oz, Legally Blonde and West Side Story.
Instrumental and Singing Lessons
As well as our own Music teaching staff, we are well supported by peripatetic staff from the Lincolnshire Music Service (LMS), who also take part in school performances and regularly support our students in concerts and exam preparation. At QEHS, students can learn:
- Violin, Viola, Cello, Double Bass
- Acoustic, Classical, Electric and Bass Guitar
- Trumpet, Trombone, Horn and Tuba
- Oboe, Bassoon, Clarinet, Flute and Saxophones
- Church Organ (for piano students of Grade 4 or above)
- To book Church Organ please use the separate booking form available here.
- To book Percussion Lessons use the separate booking form here.
- For Singing and all other Instrumental Lessons, please apply via the Lincolnshire Music Service booking portal:
This enables you to create an online account where you can pay for lessons and instrument hire, and access information such as timetables, teacher’s comments and attendance records. For more information, please read further LMS guidance here.
If you have any queries about instrumental or singing lessons at QEHS, please email: email@example.com.
Instruments in school
If your child is bringing an instrument to school (hired or privately owned), it must have a QEHS name tag on the case. Please fill in the form found here and email it to firstname.lastname@example.org and the Music Department will create a tag for your child’s instrument case.
If you would like to view our new QEHS Percussion YouTube Video, please click here.
To see more from the Lincolnshire Music Service, click on the video links below
Ain't No Mountain High Enough: https://youtu.be/MoEpr7DZ9ro
First Light: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6tIu66MPofI
Can't Stop the Feeling: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FUXnDzmI1yE