There is one School Choir open to boys and girls in all year groups; there are no auditions, you simply come along to rehearsals. The Choir performs a repertoire of both Sacred and Secular songs, at Prize giving in October, at Christmas and in special Assemblies, as well as other occasions in school and in the local community.
Choir - Mr Patterson/Mrs Steele on Mondays and Thursdays at lunchtime (12.30 – 1.00).
Orchestra - Mr Patterson Thursdays (2:50 – 3:50).
There is usually a short warm-up, sometimes led by Choir members themselves, then we rehearse songs for performances in school and in the local community. If you enjoy singing and can hold a tune, why not give it a try? You will make new friends, learn some new songs and a little about singing technique and have some fun.
TThis is probably a rather ‘grand’ term for us, but every year we create some sort of group of instrumentalists who play together for special occasions in and out of school. Orchestra is obligatory for pupils receiving tuition on the EA Music Scheme, but is open to anyone who plays an instrument reasonably well. We meet after school every Thursday. There is nothing like the ‘buzz’ you get from playing together with other musicians, and in addition this deepens your understanding of harmony and form and develops skills on your instrument.
Any school pupils who play together in any type of group or band can receive rehearsal help from Music Teachers, and may use the Practice Room when it is available. They may also perform in school concerts and events.
There are various opportunities to pay for specialist tuition in musical instruments. Tuition in orchestral instruments is provided by the EA Music Service. This is usually started in Primary School, but sometimes there are places for Beginners. There are also private tutors who come into school to tutor Piano, Guitar and Drumkit. Most lessons take place during the school day, but pupils must keep up with lessons missed.
We regularly put on a whole-school production, which may be a concert, talent show, musical or something different. Auditions are held early in the school year, followed by 2 – 3 months of weekly rehearsals, leading to a final performance (or performances). There are opportunities to be involved backstage or in supporting teams as well as by taking a main role.