MUSIC.

The School has an excellent musical tradition and offers a wide range of activities and opportunities for students both in and beyond the classroom.

The accommodation and resources for music are good. Most class music lessons and extra-curricular rehearsals take place in the main Music Room with smaller instrumental teaching rooms used for A Level music teaching and individual instrumental tuition. The Great Hall is close by, equipped with the 1932 Walker Organ and the Steinway Concert Grand Piano.

All students in Years 7, 8 and 9 are taught music as a subject within the National Curriculum. Programmes of study are centred around the attainment targets of ‘Performing and Composing’ and ‘Listening and Appraising’. Pupils have the benefit of extensive, modern resources including a class set of Yamaha electronic keyboards. In Years 10 and 11 Music may be chosen as a GCSE subject, whilst the AS/A2 level course offers a preparation for further study at university or conservatoire.

A range of ICT facilities is available to students at all levels of the curriculum. There are computers with integrated music software and MIDI keyboards used for composition and music notation work.

The opportunity exists for each student to learn to play a musical instrument. The School is served by a team of visiting instrumental teachers who provide individual or shared lessons on a weekly basis. Tuition is currently available in piano; electronic keyboard; organ; classical, electric and bass guitar; flute; oboe; clarinet; alto and tenor saxophone; bassoon; recorder; violin; viola; cello; double bass; trumpet; trombone; baritone; euphonium; French horn; tuba and drum kit.

There is a full programme of instrumental and choral activities which enables students to develop their interests and talents. After making sufficient progress, instrumentalists are able to join a number of extra-curricular ensembles including the Training Band, Orchestra and Big Band. There are a number of chamber ensembles available for students including a String Quartet, Woodwind Group and Brass Ensemble. All of these groups rehearse regularly and a variety of musical events and concerts presented each term offer the opportunity for public performance. Membership of the school choir is open to all interested students and staff and recent concerts have included such works as Vivaldi’s Gloria and Fauré’s Requiem. The Service of Nine Lessons and Carols by Candlelight takes place each December and is one of the highlights of the school calendar.

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