Friends of Egglescliffe School Music

Our Music

Our Music

Egglescliffe is a flourishing and highly successful school in Stockton-on-Tees. It has a long tradition of excellence in music education with a range of high-performing ensembles including a Chamber Choir, Orchestra, Brass Band and Big Band. Our ensembles have performed at venues such as the Royal Albert Hall, Birmingham Symphony Hall and Durham Cathedral.

Egglescliffe School Chamber Choir

Egglescliffe School Chamber Choir is a mixed-voice choir comprising approximately 40 students aged between 11 and 18. The Choir is one of the finest school choirs in the country and three of our choristers are also members of the National Youth Choir of Great Britain. The choir has consistently gained national recognition in the annual Music For Youth Festival at Birmingham Symphony Hall. They have also performed at Durham Cathedral and at the National Schools Prom at the Royal Albert Hall.

In July 2018 they have been invited to perform with the world-renowned Gabrieli Consort as part of a choral extravanganza project An English Coronation which will culminate in a performance at Ely Cathedral followed by recording sessions for a commercial CD. This exciting project reimagines a royal coronation, drawing on the music programmed at the four coronations of the last century to create a choral extravaganza of repertoire from five centuries, from Tallis and Handel to Walton and Vaughan Williams.

Choral Director – John Forsyth FRSA MBE

We are delighted and extremely fortunate to have John Forsyth as our Choral Director. John has enjoyed a successful career in music and education whilst continuing to teach violin and classical guitar and performing professionally as a singer and as an instrumentalist. John studied classical guitar with John Williams and Julian Bream after gaining an MA and Performer Diplomas in both violin and classical guitar.

His principal interest remains that of developing and extending choral music and encouraging young people to discover the joy of singing. He is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts, and in 2011 he was made an MBE in the Queen’s Birthday Honours for his services to music and to music education nationally, but particularly for his work in the North East and the Tees Valley.


Support The Friends!

A donation to the Friends Of Egglescliffe School Music charity will help to support music tuition, the purchase of instruments and to promote school music more broadly in our community.