Over 60 concerts each year

Truro School music is one of the most busy and vibrant music departments in the country. With 60 varied concerts each year, Truro School offers pupils numerous opportunities, to rehearse, perform and develop. A third of the school takes individual instrumental or vocal lessons each week from 30 of the county’s top specialist teachers.

Major events each term include the annual Hall for Cornwall Concert, the Junior and Senior Charity Concerts and many band, orchestral and choir ensembles.

Bands, Choirs, Orchestras & Ensembles

Truro School offers pupils numerous opportunities, to rehearse, perform and develop.

There are choirs and ensembles for every instrumental group and these take place during morning break, lunchtime, before and after school. Ensemble playing is integral to musical experience and education.

All pupils who play an instrument are encouraged to join an appropriate ensemble which will accelerate their learning and provide additional enjoyment, often lifelong.

Any pupil wishing to join an ensemble should talk to the member of staff who runs it. It is expected that pupils will then be committed to the ensemble and attend rehearsals regularly so that they may take part in a concert. Prior permission must be sought if a pupil is unable to attend a rehearsal. Scholars in particular, are expected to lead by example in attending regularly.

Ensembles: Chamber Choir, Boys Barbershop, Junior Boys’ Choir, Symphony Orchestra, Wind Band, Jazz Orchestra, Junior Band, B Natural Girls’ A cappella, Choir, Chamber Orchestra, Early Music Group, Senior Strings, Junior Strings, String Quartet, Flute Choir, Clarinet Choir, Saxophone Ensemble, Saxophone Quartet, Percussion Ensemble, Samba Band, Rock Band, Guitar Group

Song Writing

The music industry is built upon song writing. Perspectives, ideas and observations, layered with melody and harmony makeup the backbone of an industry that contributed billions of pounds to the UK economy between. Spend a Wednesday afternoon working with professional songwriter and producer Ryan Jones as you develop a portfolio of songs to be performed and recorded, either by yourself or by another singer/ ensemble.

Concerts, Musicals, Trips & Events

There are regular concerts after school when pupils of all ability and experience perform in front of their peers, family and friends. Performance is an important part of pupils’ musical education and these informal concert opportunities enable confidence to grow as pupils become more accustomed to performing. Musicians also collaborate with the Drama Department in musical productions and each year the pupils run a Junior and Senior Charity Concert.  Every aspect is done by the pupils themselves, from arranging auditions, selecting performers, rehearsing to organising programmes, tickets and refreshments.

Individual Instrument & Vocal Lessons

Tuition is given in the majority of orchestral and brass instruments, as well as the Piano, Guitar, Voice and Organ, during the school day on a rota basis. Full details about how lessons are arranged, payment of fees and required notice period are given in the application form.

For general music enquires, or to download an application form and full tuition details, please contact the Music office. Tel: 01872 246097 / Email: [email protected]



We are very proud of our relationship with Truro Cathedral; both the girl and boy choristers of Truro Cathedral Choir are educated at Truro School. The choristers have earned an international reputation for outstanding quality and play an important role within the school community.

Girls currently in Year 8 can apply for entry into the Choir when they reach Year 9 the following September. To find out more about our Girl Chorister Scholarships, please click the link below.

Academic Music

In the 1st, 2nd and 3rd Years, all pupils have two music lessons each week. Lessons are designed to be fun and there is an emphasis on practical music making, with students being encouraged to compose, improvise and perform.

Music GCSE is available to all singers and instrumentalists who have achieved a minimum standard of Grade 3.

Music A-Level offers pupils who play an instrument or sing the opportunity to develop their performing, composing and appraising skills within the school’s busy, buzzing and vibrant Music Department.

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The Truro School Identity

Our school motto, Esse Quam Videri (to be, rather than to seem to be), captures the essence of our identity and is defined by the 5 C's below. Underpinned by strong Christian principles, we are a caring and inclusive community which values, nurtures and develops each individual.

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