Music plays a central role in the life of our school from Music and Movement classes and the annual Nativity play in the Early Years and Infants, to singing in chapel, joining the school orchestra and performing in our musical production in the upper years.
All children receive one class lesson of music a week and the whole school meets for a weekly hymn practice. In lessons we use a variety of resources including the Music Express and Music All the Time courses and the lesson plans from the BBC's 10 Pieces programme in line with the National Curriculum. In addition to the choir and orchestra, there is a very popular African Drumming club and all the children in Year 3 are taught how to play the recorder and read music.
All children have the opportunity to learn a musical instrument with highly experienced professional musicians. Lessons in violin, cello, double bass, flute, clarinet, oboe, drums, guitar, saxophone, bassoon, French Horn, trumpet, trombone and piano and take place in our Senior School. Children take the ABRSM music examinations and Year 6 pupils are encouraged to compete for music exhibitions into the Senior School for Year 7.
Individual instrumentalists play at our Friday assemblies to give them valuable performing experience. Organised concerts are an opportunity to show off their skills and play in front of an audience.
The school has an orchestra for children and staff which welcomes both beginners and more experienced players. Staff play alongside the children enabling them to experience the fun and camaraderie of playing together. The choir performs regularly at Open Mornings, concerts, assemblies, school events and leads the singing at our chapel services.
Every other year the Junior School puts on a musical. Recent successes have included Bugsy Malone and Splash!
Whether it's in the classroom, as a member of an ensemble or as a soloist, our aim is for each child to have the opportunity to experience the joy of music making.
Yearly Musical Events
Carol Service at St Edmund's Church
Carols at Bridge House
Carols at the Christmas Fayre
School Production (Bi-annual)
Summer Concert (Bi-annual)