Music is integral and key to life at Russell House. We provide a high-quality musical education to engage and inspire pupils and develop their talent, believing that every child is a musician. In the process, we increase their self-confidence, creativity and sense of achievement.

Music and musicians are valued and respected at Russell House and everyone is encouraged to participate. Pupils perform, listen to, review and evaluate music across a range of historical periods, genres, styles and traditions. Class music lessons involve singing, composing and listening, and the children are introduced to a wide range of musical styles. 

Outside academic lessons, our orchestra caters for musicians of all abilities as they move through the school, and provides valuable opportunities to play with others and learn ensemble skills.

What's on offer


All children in Forms 4, 5, 6 and 7 take part in Choristers in the morning. Singing is a fantastic way to start the day. The Choristers perform at festivals and concerts - formal and informal - throughout the school year.

Chamber Choir

Chamber Choir is our selective choir and comprises the most talented singers from Forms 5, 6 and 7. Chamber Choir enables the more able musicians to sing more challenging repertoire and to learn to read choral music fluently. They sing in the same events as our Choristers, as well as in some joint concerts with other schools. We have enjoyed success in the Sevenoaks Three Arts Festival Choirs Competition.

Russell House Orchestra

Instrumentalists in Forms 2 to 7 are encouraged to join our orchestra and rehearse in the Music Room during lunch break.

Instrumental lessons

These are offered in a wide range of instruments and we can seek tutors for any instrument that interests pupils. Currently 80% of the Main School pupils take advantage of these opportunities.