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A full range of instrumental and singing lessons is taught by a team of visiting music teachers. ABRSM, Trinity-Guildhall and Rock School examinations are held each term.

Senior School

All Third Form pupils follow a general music course, which allows them to experience and learn music from within a wide range of styles.

The Music option in the Fourth and Fifth Forms allows pupils to study in preparation for the IGCSE Music examination. Programmes of study outside the parameters of the examination course are taught alongside the examination work, allowing teachers and pupils to explore a greater breadth and depth of musical study.

Music practice time is available as part of the afternoon activities’ programme.

Music Scholarships are available for Year 9 entry. Please contact our Admissions Department for further details: or by telephone on +44 (0) 1273 465805

Sixth Form

AS and A2 students study in preparation for the OCR examinations, with mandatory units in performance, composition and aural and historical studies, including set works.


Occasional visits to concerts and services are organised each year. The Chapel Choir and Chamber Choir sing Evensong at major cathedrals across the country. In recent years, the Chapel Choir and Choral Scholars have visited Seville, Venice, South Wales and the South West of England.


A range of masterclasses is available to Lancing musicians. Recent visitors have included The Atalanta Piano Quartet*, clarinettist Joseph Shiner*, Drum'n'Brass 10-piece Old Dirty Brasstards*, renowned soprano Elizabeth Watts and Barbershop champions, Tagline.

*Lancing College Associate Artists

Our current music calendar can be viewed/downloaded here:

Lancing College Music Calendar (PDF)

Staff Position
Mr Ian Morgan-Williams (GMus RNCM) Director of Music (School)
Mr D Neil Cox (MA Cantab, FRCO, FTCL, LRAM, ARCM) Director of Music (Chapel) &
organ studies
Mrs Beverley Allen Music School Secretary
  • Music at Lancing

    With past pupils including Sir Peter Pears and David Bedford, and a history that includes the composition of Britten's St Nicolas Cantata for our centenary in 1948 and Pärt’s Triodion for our 150th anniversary in 1998, Lancing has a rich musical past. This is our foundation for an even richer musical future.

    A team of 20-30 Music Scholars and award holders (awards are made for entry at Third Form and Sixth Form) strengthens and supports the work of this most diverse of Music Departments. The opportunities for Lancing musicians to develop and flourish are second to none, and are as many and varied as one would find at any non-specialist music school. The 250-300 instrumental, singing, composition and theory lessons that take place each week, with visiting and resident tutors, provide the bed-rock of our work with many of the talented young musicians – that, and the ever-so-slightly eccentric and relaxed environment that is Lancing College Music School.

    We encourage all pupils to make music. For the really keen and the casual musician, there is as much music being taught, rehearsed, workshopped and performed as could be imagined. From Lancing’s well-established Rock Music Workshops to the remarkable Choral Evensong excursions by its choir to many of Britain’s finest cathedrals, there is something for everyone – and many try everything!

    Why not visit us at a performance or a service to see (and hear) for yourself…? See the Music Calendar, and contact the Music Secretary on for more information.

  • Facilities and Equipment

    Lancing College boasts six important performance venues for music: the Music School Recital Room, the Sanderson Room – part of the old library, the Lancing Theatre, the Chapel, its Crypt and the Great School Hall.

    The Recital Room is home to an impressive selection of instruments and equipment, including two new Kawai RX-5 grand pianos, a Roland C80 electronic harpsichord, a vibraphone, orchestral xylophone, tubular bells, tam tams and an Adams MCPV43 concert marimba. Recently rebuilt Blüthner and Steinway concert grand pianos are housed in the Sanderson Room and in Great School, where most major concerts take place. Other grand, and many new and recently restored upright, pianos, are to be found in various venues around the school, with eighteen pianos available for practice and coaching sessions in the Music School.

    An extensive range of orchestral and band instruments is available for loan at Lancing, as well as high-quality rock music equipment and percussion instruments.

    Since 1986, Lancing Chapel has been graced with three outstanding organs. The four-manual Walker was rebuilt from the original installed in the Chapel in 1914. It is complemented by a new choir organ in the classical tradition by Frobenius. Both organs have mechanical actions but are electronically linked. In the Crypt there is a chamber organ of 1818 by Elliott.

    The Music School itself comprises a suite of seminar rooms/studies for full-time members of the Department: Director of Music (Chapel) Mr Neil Cox, and Director of Music (School) Dr Ian Morgan-Williams; the Recital Room; the Chapel Room – a listening studio and Sixth Form study; the Computer Suite – housing a network of iMacs connected to the school computer network and running, among others, Sibelius and Cubase software; the Music Library; the electronic drum/rock studio; and a suite of practice/teaching studios.

  • Choirs, Orchestras and Other Ensembles

    If you want to sing at Lancing, there's so much more to choose from than just the Chapel Choir. The choir itself, with about 60 members, sings at school services, gives concerts in the chapel and other great churches and cathedrals across the country, tours Europe and has made a number of recordings. Other choral groups include: the College Singers, which consists of pupils, staff, parents and friends, who meet mainly during the Lent Term; the Chamber Choir, which meets throughout the year contributes to College concerts and services in the Chapel; the Choral Scholars; and a variety of ad hoc and pupil-led ensembles.

    The Lancing College Symphony Orchestra, String Orchestra, Sinfonia, Swing Band and Concert Band all perform regularly at our series of Lunchtime Concerts and at a variety of formal and informal events at Lancing and outside of school. Recent repertoire includes Diana Burrell’s Temper, Corelli’s Concerto Grosso in D, Op.6, No.4, Messiaen’s O Sacrum con Vivium, Mozart’s Overture to The Magic Flute, scenes from Purcell’s The Fairy Queen, Shostakovich’s Piano Concerto No.2, selections from Tchaikovsky’s Nutcracker Suite and Vaughan Williams’ setting of The Turtle Dove. We encourage pupils to organise and rehearse their own ensembles, with teacher support given throughout the process. This includes rock bands, jazz groups, vocal and chamber ensembles, who take advantage of the Music School's rehearsal facilities, equipment and extensive libraries.

  • Lancing College Associate Artists

    Introduced for 2016, Lancing College Music Department announces its first Associate Artists, who will provide an outstanding series of masterclasses for our students, as well as public concerts throughout the year.

    Joseph Shiner, acclaimed clarinettist
    Joseph Shiner is noted for his fluidity of tonal colour and highly communicative, insightful playing. He is the recipient of the Hattori Foundation Senior Award, the Making Music Philip and Dorothy Green Award for Young Concert Artists, the Worshipful Company of Musicians’ Prince’s Prize and the Royal Academy of Music’s Buffet Crampon Clarinet Prize, and is also a selected artist for the City Music Foundation. He has premiered compositions by Ian Morgan-Williams, Lancing’s Director of Music, at St Martin-in-the-Fields and Lancing College; and recently performed Ian’s Party Pieces at St John’s, Smith Square.

    The Atalanta Piano Quartet
    This quartet, whose members share a passion for chamber music, is led by Simon Lane, a much sought after repetiteur. Simon performs with instrumentalists and singers across the country, in venues including Wigmore Hall, St. George’s Bristol, Queen Elizabeth Hall, and Bridgewater Hall, as well as the US and throughout Europe; and in festivals including Bachfest Leipzig, Leeds Lieder, Brighton Festival and Ljubljana Summer. 

    Old Dirty Brasstards, London’s finest drum ‘n’ brass experience
    This tweed-clad 10-piece brass and drum collective, which performs an eclectic mix of pop, R&B and soul, has introduced brass music to new audiences through its uniquely entertaining and energetic style, and performs at major music festivals across the UK, including Bestival, Glastonbury and Latitude, as well as venues such as Fabric, the Forum, Hammersmith Apollo, KOKO and Scala, along with residencies at Brooklyn Bowl and the Brixton, Camden & Shoreditch Blues Kitchens.

    Lancing College Associate Artists (PDF, 9MB)

    Please see our Music Calendar for further details.

  • Alumni

    David Bedford (Field’s 1951-1955) – composer
    Steuart Bedford (Field’s 1952–1957)– pianist & conductor
    Corin Buckeridge (Teme 1977-1981) – composer
    Geoffrey Bush (Old's 1933-1938) – composer
    John Gibbons (Gibbs' 1977-1981) – conductor
    Nicholas Kraemer (Field’s 1958-1962) – harpsichordist & conductor
    Dennis Lee (Field’s 1963-1964) – pianist
    Sir Peter Pears (Head’s 1923-1928) – opera singer
    Nicholas Price (Second’s 1989-1994) – composer
    Ric Salmon (Second’s 1990-1995) – former Vice President of A&R at Warner Music International
    Sebastian Stanley (Olds 1997-2002) – pianist
    David Wroe (Sanderson’s 1977-1982) – conductor

    In recent years, Lancing musicians have been members of the National Youth Chamber Orchestra, National Youth Wind Ensemble, National Children’s Chamber Orchestra, National Children’s Wind Orchestra, and the National Youth Wind Orchestra. Many have been appointed as Choral Scholars at major universities and cathedrals.

    The College has a long history of success in regional and local music competitions and festivals.

  • Links with the Drama Department

    The Music and Drama Departments at Lancing have developed strong links, not only through their joint-production of bi-annual musicals (Jesus Christ Superstar – 2002; Me and My Girl – 2004; Guys and Dolls – 2006; West Side Story - November 2008; Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat - November 2011 and Oliver! - November 2014 ), but through the enterprising use of new music for other productions. Nikki Dragonetti (Twelfth Night) and Ian Morgan-Williams (Seneca’s Oedipus and Murder in the Cathedral) have composed original music for recent productions, and improvised music has been created by several of our student composers.

  • Inter-House Music Competition

    Lancing is proud to present this – one of the largest, annual events of its kind – in the Lent Term. Distinguished adjudicators gather to hear upward of 450 individual and ensemble performances, original musical arrangements and compositions, in classes ranging from the conventional to the downright bizarre. If you are a pupil at Lancing College and have ever touched a musical instrument (or anything else that produces sound, for that matter) or sung in the bath, you will be involved. The Finals’ Concert in early February is one of the highlights of Lancing’s calendar, bringing together the very best of our young musicians.

    Recent adjudication panels have included: Jonathan Ayling – cellist; Timothy Barratt – pianist; David Bedford OL - composer; Martin Butler - composer, Professor of Music, University of Sussex; Stephen Coombs – pianist; Jacqueline Dennett – violinist; Herbie Flowers – bassist; John Forster – former Head of Orchestral Studies and Conducting, RCM; Chris Hirons - violinist, Director of National Youth Chamber Orchestra; Gill Johnston - bassoonist, Musical Director of NYWE and NYCO; Patricia Morris – flautist; Jonathan Plowright - pianist; Stephen Pettit – music critic; Adam Swayne – composer & pianist; David Theodore – oboist; and Jonathan Willcocks – composer & conductor.

  • Invitation to Visit

    Should you be interested in becoming a Lancing musician, then we will be very interested to hear from you. You are welcome to come and look around Lancing at any time – please contact the Admissions Officer on to arrange a visit. We also have two Open Days each year, when music workshops will be held, and you can reserve a place for the next one here.

    The Music School presents regular experience days for Preparatory and Primary Schools, including the Chamber Music Day, Chorister Day and Lancing’s famous Prep Schools’ Orchestral Day, which has been running successfully for over 30 years. For more information about these, please contact the Music Secretary on

    But the best way to experience Lancing musicians at their best is to attend one of our many concerts and services throughout the year. See the Music Calendar here for information about this term's concerts. Most performances at Lancing are open to the public, but you must book a place beforehand, by contacting the Music Secretary on

The quality of musical composition is extremely high and results in music examinations are excellent.
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