The Music and Drama department is run by Mrs Parker-Litjens.
Music is a unique way of communicating that can inspire and motivate children. Besides being a creative and enjoyable activity, music can be highly academic and demanding subject. We provide opportunities for all children to create, play, perform and enjoy music to develop skills to appreciate a wide variety of musical forms. All children throughout the school have two lessons a week with Miss Thomas.
In the Pre-Prep. through to Intermediate the children have Infant Singing in which they enjoy singing and performing to each other as well as using basic percussion.
Music Evening 2018
All children in the Junior School who have peripatetic music lessons in school playing piano, flute, violin, guitar and drums delighted their parents' at our annual Music Evening. This is always an enjoyable night and it is attended by all the music staff and this year, Mrs Khoo joined us and taught all children a selection of songs that they performed to all the guests.
At the end of the evening Mrs Parker-Litjens presented all children with a certificate to mark the occasion.
Le Cafe 2018
Children from Intermediate and Transition have been rehearsing since September a selection of songs called “Le Café” written by Mrs Mary Irwin-Parker. We hoped that the children were going to take part in Music for Youth which is a National Music Festival. Unfortunately, after we had made all the costumes, taught all the children the songs, the category for the Infant section changed and the organisers decided not to accept any Infant entries and choirs.
However we continued to rehearse first with Mrs Gallagher and then with Mrs Parker-Litjens. The dishes were introduced by our “French waiter” and the rest of the children were dressed as dishes from the menu including; Bangers and Mash, Welsh ribbit, Knickerbocker Glory, Spanish Omelette, Pizzas, Banana Split Quiche Lorraine, Apple Pie and Custard! The children sung and danced for their delighted parents when they came to watch them in the school hall.
Success for the Vegetable Plot
After a long wait we have been informed that Intermediate and Transition have been selected to perform The Vegetable Plot
at The Music for Youth National Festival. They will be performing in the Infants and Juniors Final at The Symphony Hall in Birmingham on Tuesday 5th
July. Many congratulation to Miss Allen and Mrs Gallagher for helping the children to achieve qualification to this very prestigious event.
Visit the Gallery
to view more photographs taken at the special Mother's Day Vegetable Plot performance.
The Vegetable Plot 2016
February, the children had to be up extremely early to travel to London for a very important music competition. After a few weeks of practice, Transition and Intermediate set off on a coach ready to perform The Vegetable Plot at the Southbank Centre in the Music for Youth Regional Competition. They sang beautifully and they thoroughly enjoyed the experience of representing the school and performing to a huge audience. Miss Allen and Mrs Parker-Litjens were extremely proud of all the children for their enthusiasm and for being the best vegetables they know! We will wait and hear now to see if they progress any further in the competition.
Music Evening 2015
We all enjoyed a wonderful night of entertainment at our annual Midsummer Night’s Music Evening when all children in the junior who receive peripatetic music lessons in Piano, Guitar, Violin, Flute, Saxophone and Drums entertain their parents. This year we had over 100 performances and they were joined by children who have started Music Theatre lessons. It is a fantastic, relaxed evening when the children preform at their own level and receive a certificate at the end to celebrate their achievement. Thanks go to all the music staff: Mrs Irwin-Parker- Piano, Mr D Parker- Guitar, Mr M Wotherspoon- Drums, Mrs Cook- Violin, Flute and Saxophone and Mrs Gallagher-Music Theatre.
In October we were approached by New Hall School to take part in a special music morning run by The Royal College of Music.
Gamelan is traditional ensemble
music of Java
, made up predominantly of percussive instruments
. The most common instruments are metallophones
played by mallets as well as a set of hand played drums called kendhang
which register the beat
. Other instruments include xylophones
, bamboo flutes
and bowed instrument
The children learnt about Gamelan music and performed together at the end of an exciting music lesson. Our thanks go to Mrs G. Cook who went to New Hall on behalf of the school to find out what would take place and to have a quick lesson on Gamelan! She then taught the children how to use these strange and exotic instruments filling the room with sound and rhythm.
It was a very enjoyable day. Please visit the image gallery to see more photographs.