Our Woodwind Ensemble regularly performs both locally and nationally.

Woodwind instrumentalists receive expert tuition from professional teachers, and relish the chance to perform in company with others.


Our Brass Ensembles frequently performs in the Abbey, providing fanfares and other accompaniments. The groups also perform regular concerts through the region, and enter competitions such as the prestigious Pro Corda Chamber Music Competition.

Chamber Music

Sherborne has a rich tradition of chamber music. We have piano trios, string quartets and several quintets. Membership of such groups is usually by invitation, though boys are encouraged to set up their own groups if they wish.


There are lots of opportunities for string players to perform at Sherborne — in the orchestras, in chamber music ensembles and in solo performances. Electric guitarists can join RocSoc and form a band, and acoustic players regularly perform in ‘Unplugged’ concerts.

Wind Band

Notable for its diverse membership, the Wind Band is open to players of all abilities. It is an enthusiastic ensemble with a strong team ethos and a genuine sense of common purpose. It performs one major concert per term, and regularly features on the programme at other School events.


Our 23-piece Big Band, known as the Sherborne Swing Band, has a reputation both for quality and entertainment. As well as performing locally, it has completed hugely successful tours to places such as the Barbados, Grenada and St Lucia.

Our eight-piece Jazz Band is similarly successful, performing music from the bebop era and beyond. Membership is highly competitive and the band is much in demand to play at wedding receptions and other local events.

Rock and Pop

There are many pupil-led rock bands at Sherborne.