Music is very much at the centre of life at Bury Grammar, ensuring that every girl is able to develop an appreciation of its innate value. All girls are asked to have a go, no matter what their ability and those with talent are encouraged by the whole school community to flourish and achieve great things.


All orchestral instruments, Voice and Piano are taught by a team of highly qualified and experienced music staff. Many girls also take advantage of the excellent musical opportunities offered by the local music service.

Girls are able to play in the Symphony Orchestra, Festival Choir, Concert Band, Clarinet Choir, Junior Choir, Concerto Orchestra, Brass Ensemble, Flute Choir, Percussion Ensemble, Choral Society, String Quartets and a wide selection of Chamber Groups. Many musical ensembles are run in conjunction with the boys’ school.

The School Choral Society gives an annual concert in the Parish Church of a great choral work. Recent performances include Brahms’ Requiem, Mozart Requiem, Faure Requiem, Haydn Creation, Handel Messiah, Britten Rejoice in the Lamb, Handel Coronation Anthems.

The Festival Choir sings liturgical music for all School Services and performs at several concerts a year. This is an auditioned choir of about 60 singers who perform more advanced music. The Choir have undertaken foreign tours, more recently to Rome, Paris and Salzburg.

The Symphony Orchestra performs some of the great orchestral repertoire. Recent performances include Tchaikovsky Romeo and Juliet, Dvorak Symphony No 9 and Schubert Unfinished Symphony.

There is a regular programme of concerts giving everyone the chance to perform. This ensures that girls learn the discipline of regular practice, independent organisation and how to work in concert with others. Every year the School holds a prize giving ceremony in the Bridgewater Hall and several ensembles are able to perform in this.