We are committed to providing a range of musical experiences for all our children in order to deepen and broaden their musical interests and skills. As well as whole class music lessons, individual private instrumental lessons and musical ensembles, children have many opportunities to perform and show their talent.
general music making in school
Music is at the heart of our school and all pupils are encouraged to take part in our ensembles. There are ten extra music groups which meet each week and include:
- Lower school choir
- Chamber choir
- Wind band
- Brass group
- String ensemble
- Percussion ensemble
- Saxophone ensemble
- Steel pan group
- Ukulele group
There are regular opportunities to perform at school and next year will see the introduction of informal lunchtime concerts to allow pupils the chance to showcase their music. The highlight of the year is the Prom concert which is in the Summer term. This is a wonderful evening which celebrates the children’s commitment to music throughout the year and it is thoroughly enjoyed by all.
Pupils also perform at St Michael’s Without for their Christmas and Easter performances in addition to singing at local hospices and homes for the elderly in the area. These community performances are important to us and the children and reinforce how powerful music can be in bringing people together.
Pupils also have the opportunity to compete in our hotly contested ‘in house’ Young Musician’s Challenge and the pupils perform at a very high standard. Individual music lessons are available on all of the Orchestral instruments and our pupils enjoy success in their ABRSM exams which they can take at school.
We are proud to be part of the Bath Abbey Singing programme and are fortunate to have Shean Bowers, Assistant Director of music at Bath Abbey to teach our children singing technique once a week.
We have a musical production each year which alternates between one year group and a whole school production.
We are very fortunate in having a dedicated team of specialist instrumental teachers who teach individual lessons for clarinet, saxophone, flute, piano, keyboard, brass, cello, percussion, bassoon, violin, guitar and singing.