The Britten Building
The opening of The Britten Building represents the beginning of a new era for Music at Gresham’s. Named after Old Greshamian, composer Benjamin Britten, The Britten Building is a culmination of a £6.5 million, five year project to improve the musical provision at Gresham’s and is the most significant addition to the school in twenty years.
This wonderful new building is surely the envy of almost every school in the UK. The new 140-seat recital hall and industry-standard recording studio are state of the art. Boasting large and light practice rooms and generous teaching rooms, together with a terrific café, this building will serve our musicians well for many years to come.
To celebrate the opening of the building British composer Bob Chilcott composed a new anthem, set to the words of OG Matthew Meiklejohn, A Prophecy of Dawn, which was performed to The Princess Royal on July 1st, at the opening of the building.
The Strathmore Studio
The Strathmore Studio is found in the heart of the Britten Building complex. Fantastically well-equipped and impressive, it is linked to the recital hall, a live room, and several other recording spaces in the building. From here not only do our Music Technology pupils have a fantastic facility, but Grasshopper radio thrives, and all the bands including Gresham’s Girls, prosper.
One of only 15 Senior UK Schools to have Steinway status, Gresham’s is committed to excellence, and our Steinway status demonstrates this. We are very pleased to have 24 grand and upright Steinway pianos across the schools.
Thanks to the generous sponsorship of The Gresham’s Foundation, the School can be counted amongst one of a prestigious group of schools to receive the All Steinway status; Gresham’s has now become the first school in the East of England, one of only six independent schools in the UK and the first Prep and Pre-Prep School in the country to receive this accolade. Gresham’s is one of only 15 Senior UK Schools to have Steinway status and we are very pleased to have 24 grand and upright Steinway pianos across the schools.