Creative Arts

Creative Arts

A large emphasis is put on creativity at John Lyon and our well-resourced Music, Drama and Art departments are extremely well regarded in their ability to allow boys of all ages to shine in the arts.

Each year dozens of concerts, performances, plays, shows and exhibitions are put on, many of which see our boys work and perform alongside students from other schools around us.

What's On - Music, Drama and Art Events

In our Drama department, we have two fully equipped studio spaces, perfect for rehearsal and smaller performances. For larger productions, there is a full drama rig in the Boyd Campbell Hall. Full-scale musicals, such as 2017’s South Pacific, are put on at Harrow School’s 350-seater Ryan Theatre or at local theatres such as the Watersmeet. Extensive relationships with local girls’ schools ensure that we can offer a full range of dramatic productions and pupils interested in developing their skills both on and behind the stage can get involved from their early years.

The Music department has earned itself a strong reputation for both its breadth and quality. The John Lyon Music School houses a 120-seater recital hall equipped with two Steinway concert grand pianos, a state-of-the-art recording studio and eight individual practice studios. The Motet Choir regularly sings Evensong at cathedrals around the UK. The Lyonian Chorus, Motet Choir, String Orchestra and many ensembles ensure that boys of all abilities and musical interests are well catered for and encouraged.

The Art department offers a creative and professional working environment filled with professional equipment. Our facilities include a suite of computers in every classroom featuring extensive art and graphic packages, as well as a print and animation studio. A darkroom and studio lighting ensure that we can support and foster budding photographers.

Our boys’ artwork is displayed in the Mall Gallery located in the central spine of John Lyon. We have at least five major art exhibitions every year.


The John Lyon Motet Choir sings Drop, drop slow tears by Orlando Gibbons