Clifton College

Making more music with instruments

We have a completely refurbished Music School which is open to the wider community and we need more new musical instruments to maximise the use of this spectacular resource.

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The state of the art Joseph Cooper Music School has been refurbished to enable practice, performance and recording of music to the highest standards. This is a facility the wider community will and can enjoy as every performance is automatically recorded and then editing suites enable top quality CDs to be made of every type of music. Such a facility would be even more useful if we were able to fully equip the practice and performance rooms with top quality musical insrtruments. We have spent £1.5m on the refurbishment thanks partialy to the Joseph Cooper (an old boy of the schoool) bequest and match funded from school income but that has left little money for new pianos, percussion and specialist instruments. The expected total cost for these is £80,000 which would include a new performance grand piano. It would be possible to have any donation mentioned at every performance and on every recording made at the Music School. As part of the College's 150th in 2012 and the opening of the Joseph Cooper Music School on September 15th by Sir David Willcocks we are launching a schedule of concerts and performances and recordings along with primary schools, special schools and local music groups as well as providing a series of Masterclasses by professional musicians across the globe.