Orchestral Open Day

Orchestral Open Day

Caterham School Music Department opens its doors each year to pupils from all schools for an exciting day of music-making. This annual event usually takes place in May each year and sees young musicians from the Caterham area coming together to create some fantastic music together. All participants will have the opportunity to work with our specialist instrumental staff and observe a masterclass.


Young musicians (Grades 2+ and years 3-9) are invited to participate in this fun day of performing either as an ensemble musician or additionally as a soloist- who will receive a masterclass on their instrument. All musicians will perform together in a closing concert at the end of the day.

Collaborative music-making events such as this offer the following benefits to young musicians:

  • Experience playing in a larger ensemble
  • Develop ensemble playing skills
  • Work with ‘new faces’ and receive advice and support from expert musicians in their fields
  • Opportunity to meet other young musicians in the area
  • Receive and hear detailed and precise advice on technique in masterclass sessions
  • Explore new repertoire and sight read in a relaxed environment
  • Make use of skills achieved and rehearsed for instrumental music exams
  • Make use of music theory skills


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10.00 musicians arrive (registration and collection of medical requirements etc)
  introduction and safety talk



sectional rehearsals, Strings, Brass, Woodwind and Percussion (to cover ensemble repertoire and orchestral pieces)

11.30 Break 
11.45 Full orchestra rehearsal
12.00 Masterclasses
12.30 Lunch 
1.00 Full orchestra rehearsal
2.30 Break
2.45 Concert walk-through
3.30 Concert
4.00 Close



This part of the day is designed to allow selected children attending the day to receive detailed advice about performance and technique. If you would like your child to be considered for this please do indicate on the form. We will try to allow for a range of masterclasses to cover all orchestral families. If your child is not receiving a masterclass, they will observing those who are. This is very beneficial to all musicians and is an enjoyable part of the day. Please note that places for masterclasses will be limited.



Please complete the below form to sign-up your child for this exciting day:


useful information and details

– All participants should arrive with snacks and a packed lunch. Caterham School is a nut-free school, please check ingredients carefully

– Please pack reeds and other equipment required for their instrument

– Participants should wear comfortable clothing and there is no dress code for the concert

– Refreshments for parents and teachers will be served in the Humphreys Theatre foyer from 3pm. Please do arrive in time to walk up to this location from the main car park.


Please visit  http://www.caterhamschool.co.uk/contact/ for maps and directions

The postcode, for sat navs is CR3 6YA

The full address is: Caterham School, Harestone Valley Road, SURREY, CR3 6YA

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