Music is a major tradition and strength at the school. Boys are encouraged to get involved from their first days at the school. Over 300 boys are actively engaged in instrumental lessons and musical groups from choirs to orchestras, from concert bands to smaller ensembles, from brass band to jazz Big Bands.
We believe music helps boys to achieve. It requires individual practice, but the pleasure of working as a team to produce music of the highest quality cannot be underestimated. Our boys produce outstanding concerts and are regular visitors to the schools Proms at the Royal Albert Hall as well as the National Festival for Music finals. International tours extend our audiences as well as being great social occasions.
"People are proud to be here. It's a completely different experience from other schools."
"There is a fantastic working atmosphere - everyone wants to do well."
"We're all singers: as well as loads of different styles of choirs in school, all of us perform elsewhere. I am in the London Bach Choir and a viola player in the National Youth Orchestra, Rob's in the National Youth Choir, George has deferred a place as organ scholar at Oxford to instead be a Choral Scholar at Wells Cathedral and Charlie won the county Fellowship Award for her singing. Anya does Folk Dancing and teaches English to young Polish children and is off to Nottingham to read Law."
"Everyone is respected for who they are, and what they do."
Our musicians benefit not only from some of the finest facilities in the country but also from financial support from the Old Grammar School Foundation to enable lessons to be subsidised.
The teaching of Drama has benefited from the fantastic facilities provided in the Theatre in The Cripps Hall. Matt Smith - or Dr Who - was Head Boy when it opened and performed in the first production in the theatre. Several productions take place each year, giving opportunities for every type of interest - from classic tragedies, to zany modern works, via musicals and small studio performances.
NSB is a school that produces polished musical and dramatic performances of a professional standard. Being in the audience is a pleasure, not a duty!