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Fortismere Music Department is a  thriving, vibrant and creative hub; as a  specialist music department our mission is to nurture talent and to inspire high quality music making. We are based in a state-of-the-art Music Block in 'The Arts Complex' of North Wing, which houses two fully equipped recording studios, three classrooms, five peripatetic teaching rooms, twelve practice rooms, a music technology suite and a hall for rehearsals and concerts.

As a Department we  showcase our students talents throughout the year with annual Christmas Concerts as well as performance opportunities such as Music and Poetry, Charity Band Night and  Fortitude. We also regularly collaborate with a variety of groups such as the English Pocket Opera, The Crouch End Festival Chorus, Voces 8,  The London Sinfonietta and the English Baroque Choir at venues including the Barbican Centre, St John Smith Square and Cadogan Hall. This year we will also be working with visiting musicians from Markham College Peru for our Viva La Musica concert in June 2020.

At Fortismere we pride ourselves on our high quality music making and with this in mind we are able to offer our students plenty of playing opportunities throughout the week. This includes weekly rehearsals for Choirs, String Ensembles, Guitar Groups, Big Band and Orchestra; for our more advanced students we also offer the opportunity to play with our Community Orchestra or sing with our Community Choir. These two groups form part of our Fortismere Music Centre which is open to the public on a Saturday and offers high quality music lessons and ensembles. Both groups perform throughout the year with highlights for 2019/20 including the Passion according to St Matthew and the York Bowen Viola Concerto performed by international soloist Timothy Ridout.

Learning in the classroom traces the history of music in classical, popular and world genres, strengthened by a wider experience of music in the community and the music profession. The curriculum challenges musicianship, technical skill and intellectual application through diversity, detail and high expectations. The popularity of Music is reflected in the  numbers that opt to study the subject at KS4 and KS5, with growing numbers entering music conservatoires and pursuing careers in the music profession.

With a dedicated and expert team of 4 music staff and 20 visiting instrumental/ vocal teachers over 250 students benefit from high quality individual instrumental/ vocal lessons that take place each week. International music tours are a highlight of our calendar with previous tours including: Italy, France, Ireland, Spain, China and Italy with a trip to Peru planned for July 2021.


Director of Music - Edward Jefferies -

Lead Teacher Curriculum - Sarah Ogilby -

Classroom and Music Technology Teacher -

Music Technology Teacher -



Topics covered will include:

  • Musical Elements & the Classroom Orchestra
  • Word Setting and Melody writing
  • Music technology
  • Harmony: chords and chord progressions
  • Music in the Media
  • Twentieth Century Art Music & World Dance Music


Our students study the Edexcel 2MU01 course, covering:

  1. Western classical music 1600-1899
  2. Music in the 20th century
  3. Popular Music
  4. World Music
  • Unit 1: Performing music, 30%
  • Unit 2: Composing music, 30%
  • Unit 3: Listening and Appraising paper, 40%

Post 16

Exam Board = Edexcel 8MU01 (new specification Sep 2008)



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Extra Curricular


All ensemble activities take place in the Music Block.

To enquire about instrumental and vocal lessons, please email: Alternatively you can download an application form.

Music Centre - Saturday Only


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