It has been a very busy term indeed for The Music & Performing Arts Department for Mr Redman and his merry band of enthusiastic helpers. Enhanced input from Mr Northcott – our ‘Music’ GAP student – Mr Opie and Mr Renouf is paying real dividends alongside the regular support of Mrs Moulton, Mrs Evans and our Peripatetic staff.
Several small ‘bands’ have been formed to give experience and opportunity for pupils who learn musical instruments and theory groups are thriving. The Solo Showcase concerts have, once again, been a wonderful opportunity for the children - offering them the chance to ‘road test’ new pieces (or practice exam pieces) in front of a small and friendly audience. It has been particularly great to watch our younger children perform in the Junior specific showcases. Watch this space for boarders’ showcases in the Lent Term! The Chapel Choir sang MASS at Prior Park early in the term which was a wonderful occasion – as was the Autumn Concert which saw a packed Chapel witness a wide array of performances. The children had a thoroughly good time performing!
Year 6 children have been working on a performance of ‘Olivia’ as part of the Saturday Enrichment Programme which will be performed in February and numerous children took part in the LAMDA exams in Speech and Drama and Associated Board Music Exams. In all the performances this term (solo or ensemble, exam or concert) there has been a notable increase in the poise, polish and sense of occasion. This has been reflected in a 100% pass rate across all exams this term and the highest ever number of distinctions. The pupils (and staff) are to be congratulated for all their work to reach the new benchmark that they have created.