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Friends of Bryanston Music


Welcome to Friends of Bryanston Music - Celebrating and Supporting Music at Bryanston. 

As an Old Bryanstonian (Forrester 1966), I am delighted to have been asked by the school to be Patron of Friends of Bryanston Music, a vibrant group open to all who enjoy music and recognise its importance to Bryanston and its community.

Sir Mark Elder CH, CBE

Bryanston has always placed the same level of importance on the arts as it has sport and academic studies, and this approach helped me and so many others discover and develop our passion for music. The Tom Wheare Music School is proof, if proof were needed, of that.

The breadth of music-making facilities and performance spaces within the music school enable a wide range of performances to take place, from small, intimate concerts to the grander-scale Professional Concert Series.

On behalf of Bryanston and the Friends of Bryanston Music, I warmly invite you to come and enjoy a great and varied selection of performances from both talented Bryanston pupils and professional musicians.

Sir Mark Elder CH, CBE
Patron of Friends of Bryanston Music                  

As a member of Friends of Bryanston Music, you will receive:

  • Termly newsletters updating you on events
  • Priority booking for Professional Concert Series
  • FBM members only events

Don't forget membership is free and open to all, simply complete the online registration form here

You can also find out more on the Friends of Bryanston Music Facebook page.

Forthcoming events

We have a wonderful programme in place for Spring 2018, which, unless stated, will take place in the Elder Concert Hall. 

Wednesday 10 January, 8.15pm - Franz Schubert: the Piano and the Power of Friendship 
We are very excited to announce a lecture by Dr Graham Griffiths; a former Bryanston pupil.

Tickets: Free to FBM members, please book your place

Wednesday 17 January, 5.30pm - Evensong
Chichester Cathedral, The Royal Chantry, Cathedral Cloisters, Chichester, West Sussex PO19 1PX
A beautiful setting for Evensong by Bryanston’s Chamber Choir. 

Wednesday 24 January, 8.15pm - A3 (year 12) Music Scholars’ Concert

Friday 9 February, 7.30pm - Kathryn Stott Piano Recital
“She plays wonderfully, allowing her music fluidity and space; her virtuoso outpourings are formidable.” (The Daily Telegraph)

Tickets: £15

Friday 2 March, 6.30pm - Easy Listening Concert by pupils (intermediate)

Friday 9 March, 7.30pm - Spring Choral Concert 
Winchester Cathedral, 9 The Close, Winchester, Hampshire SO23 9LS

Accompanied by a professional orchestra, the Combined Choir join the Bryanston Choral Society for the magnificent The Dream of Gerontius, which is widely regarded as Elgar’s finest choral work. The concert will begin with the premier performance of a new choral and orchestral piece composed by Director of Music, Duncan Emerson.

Tickets range from £10 to £20 

Saturday 17 March, 7.30pm - Will McNicol: Dragonflies, Frogs and Bumblebees Album Launch 
As one of Acoustic Guitar Magazine’s 30 Great Guitarists Under 30 from around the world (2014), this is an evening not to be missed. As Will releases his new album at the Elder Concert Hall, he will be joined on stage by some special guests. 

Tickets: £10

Saturday 24 March, 7pm - Friends of Bryanston Music Fundraising Dinner
Please join us for a wonderful evening of music, food and fun whilst raising funds in support of pupils and music at Bryanston.
Tickets: £50 per head or £375 per table of 8 

Dates for summer 2018:

Friday 11 May, 7.30pm - Liane Carrol

Saturday 9 June, early evening - Outdoor Summer Concert
Beechwood Lawn
Join us for a wonderful evening of music on Beechwood Lawn. Please bring along a picnic and blanket and please note this event is weather dependent. 

Friday 15 June, 7.30pm - Madeleine Mitchell (violin) and Nigel Clayton (piano)
Featuring music from Madeleine Mitchell’s Violin Muse, pre-release copies of which will be available for sale and signing after the concert.
Tickets: £7.50 

Please note all our Scholar Concerts are 45-minutes long and are a unique opportunity to see some very talented musicians in action. The concerts are free to attend and please register with Sam Tonks, Alumni Relations Officer at 01258 484514 or if you wish to attend.

Professional Concert Series

Bryanston’s reputation and facilities for music have helped to attract some of the top performers in the country as part of our Professional Concert Series. We hope you can join us to experience these world-class musicians and look forward to welcoming you to Bryanston.