CLSG students playing instruments on prep roof


There is something for everyone, regardless of their talent or experience, and we encourage everybody to take part in some musical activity.

Music at City

Music forms an integral part of the school curriculum. From individual music lessons to joint orchestras with CLS hosted at prestigious performance spaces, we cherish the broad range of musical opportunities for girls in years 7-13.

Why study Music at City?

We strive to create the very best atmosphere that will give every girl the opportunity to develop their musical skills by providing many diverse and stimulating experiences practically, creatively and academically. We offer a wide range of musical activities both within and out of the classroom.

In the classroom much of the work is practical, whether singing or learning how to play instruments, formal work or creating experimental compositions. We use IT to enhance creative work and every girl composes. Nearly every type of musical ensemble is catered for, whether traditional or popular. Discussions, visits to the opera, concerts in and out of school, workshops, competitions and visiting musicians all support the work of the department. We also try and identify those who may be gifted and talented and encourage them to take up a new instrument, join extra-curricular music activities, apply for music scholarships or external music colleges if appropriate.

Our Staff

Richard Quesnel, MA (Cantab), FRSA, Chevalier de l'Ordre des Arts et des Lettres
Director of Music
Helen Cox, MA (Cantab), ARCM
Second in Music (Instrumental Studies)
Charlie Rusbridger, BMUS (Bristol), MMus (London)
Second in Music (Academic)
Duncan Fraser, BA (Cantab), FRSA
Teacher of Music
Mollie Wilkin, BA (Sussex)
Music Department Co-Ordinator


CLSG student playing the saxophone

"Music at GCSE has improved my appreciation for music as a whole. Although at times it can be challenging, I feel that I have excelled in composition, performance and analysing many musical styles."

Isabel, year 10

Beyond the curriculum

There are a wealth of performing opportunities for our students at City. These include scholars' concert; Autumn concert; Young Musician of the Year competition; summer concert; regular lunchtime concerts; Joint Orchestra/Choir Concert with CLS; Joint Chamber Music Concert with Freemens’ School; City Schools Concert; concert trips to the Barbican; carol services; Year 7 Concert; Sing and Swing.

CLSG student playing the cello