Watch Our Christmas Carol Service Via YouTube

Watch our Christmas Carol Service from 14:15 (GMT) on the 10th December, simply by clicking HERE.  The link will take you to our YouTube channel, where you can enjoy the Ewell Castle School Christmas Carol Service which will include Nine Lessons and Carols.   You can follow the Carol Service via our Order of Service, please click HERE.


Music At Ewell Castle School

Curriculum Music lessons are taught in Years 7 and 8 and the subject becomes optional thereafter. One lesson per week is taught at Key Stage 3, three lessons at Key Stage 4 and six lessons at Key Stage 5. In the Sixth Form pupils may opt for Music and/or Music Technology A Level courses. We also provide Music Technology BTEC with a wide range of further opportunities in this area, outside of the classroom.

Pupils learn about music from all cultures and times, with lessons involving practical music-making and all pupils having a chance to perform at one or more of the numerous concerts presented by the Department each year. Individual musical tuition is available to any pupil who wishes to learn an instrument, from and to any standard, with a wide selection of instruments offered. There are a variety of musical groups and ensembles. These include Chapel Choir and instrumental groups such as a Concert Band, Percussion Ensemble, Chamber Orchestra and Chamber Wind. The largest and grandest musical event of the year is the whole-school musical, currently held at the Epsom Playhouse. Performers are accompanied by a professional orchestra, technical team and dressed by costumiers.

Pupils are encouraged to organise their own smaller bands and may use the facilities to practise at their own leisure. The Music Department hosts a weekly concert series in-house, an annual large-scale musical production performed at the Epsom Playhouse, an annual Christmas Cabaret at The Bourne Hall and an annual choral and instrumental concert at St Mary's Church as well as several other impressive events through the year. Our bi-annual music tour has seen our Chapel Choir perform at Notre Dame Cathedral and Cologne Cathedral.



The ability to play a musical instrument is a satisfying, rewarding skill to have for life. Aside from the sense of achievement gained from progression through graded examinations, performing music in groups, bands and ensembles is a highly enjoyable and sociable experience.


We are currently able to provide musical tuition for the following instruments:

Brass Woodwind Strings Percussion Other
Trumpet Clarinet Classical Guitar Drum Kit Voice
Cornet Flute Acoustic Pop Guitar    
Trombone Saxophone Electric Guitar Orchestral percussion Organ
Tenor Horn   Bass Guitar    
Euphonium   Cello    
Baritone Tuba        
    Classical Piano    
    Jazz Piano    

Instrumental Lessons Offered

In addition to these instruments, a greater choice is offered by Fitznells Music Centre (see details below).

Lesson Format

Ewell Castle School offers musical tuition on a one-to-one basis for any pupil or student that wishes to learn an instrument. Lessons take place in both the Prep School Music Department which is based at Glyn House and the Senior School Music Department at the Castle site.  Lessons are provided by qualified Visiting Music Teachers (VMT’s).

Our current staff list of Visiting Music Teachers is:

Visiting Music Teacher  
Mr Ben Thompsett Woodwind
Mrs Sarah Holmes Music Theory
Mr Jonathan Holmes Organ
Mr Jack Yardley Drums
Mr Chris Guy Brass and Brass Band
Mr Jonathan Wheeler Drums, Percussion and Function Band
Mr David Weston Electric, Acoustic and Bass Guitar
Mr Jay Ong Acoustic Guitar
Mr Simon Leeson Piano
Miss Amy Bryce Classical Voice and Piano
Mr James Hall Voice and Pop Choir

Lessons last for 30 minutes and are provided throughout the school day including lunchtimes and break-times. Some lessons may also be after school. There is an average of 10 lessons a term but a guaranteed 30 lessons over the course of an academic year. Normally lessons are scheduled on a ‘rotational system’ with other students so that the same academic lessons are not missed frequently. Timetables are posted on the Senior School Music Department notice board at the start of each term.


Lessons cost from £20.00 per 30-minute lesson (depending on the chosen instrument and teacher). Invoices are issued termly by the instrumental teacher and charges are reviewed annually. Payment is either by cheque or on-line transfer directly to the visiting music teacher.

Cancellations and amendments

To cancel instrumental lessons, teachers must be given a full term’s notice in writing. Advanced notice must be given if any lessons will be missed to avoid unnecessary charges.

Additional information

Instrument insurance is advised for expensive instruments. This is often covered by home/contents insurance, but we would recommend that you check the details carefully.

It is possible to rent most instruments from local shops or Surrey County Music Service. Please ask the Music Department should you require further advice.

Fitznells Music Centre

An established, community music service based at Ewell Castle School offering private music tuition on a range of instruments at the weekend and after school hours. Fitznells also offers a variety of groups and ensembles. For more information, please visit their website


How to Book

To request instrumental tuition please click here to access our interactive booking form.

Once your request has been received, the Music Administrator will pass your request to the respective VMT who then in turn contact you to schedule the lessons and arrange payment.

If you have any further questions, please contact Mrs Jenny McCallum, Music Administrator on 020 8393 1413 Ext. 258, or via email at

Teaching Staff

Mr B Essenhigh BA, QTS - Director of Performing Arts and Head of Music Department

Mrs V Edwards MA, BMus, PGCE - Teacher of Music and Head of Year 8