Extra Curricular Music & Musical Tuition
Musical Tuition by Specialist Teachers
52% of pupils in Years 1 to 8 are receiving musical tuition on at least one musical instrument. Children are regularly prepared and entered for ABRSM, London College Music and Trinity Rock and Pop examinations. We are proud of the high proportion of pupils who are awarded merit and distinctions for performance on a board range of instruments. A team of eight peripatetic music teachers deliver lessons on the following instruments at St Francis School:
Piano : Judy Weeks, Jill Schell and Chris Body
Violin and Viola : Iona Hassan
Clarinet, Flute, Saxophone and Recorder : Anya Bellamy
Guitar, Ukulele and Drum kit : Jim Bateman
Guitar and Ukulele : Lyndsay Bateman
Cornet and Trombone : Tim Crouter
Voice: Diane Charlesworth and Sandra Mayo
There are many opportunities for pupils to develop their musical skills outside of their classroom lessons. These ensembles include: Haybrook Choir (all pupils in years 1 & 2), Junior Choir (Years 3 & 4), Senior Choir (Years 5 & 8), Orchestra, Recorder ensemble, Ukulele Club, Hand bell ensemble. In addition, the Music Theory Club and Haybrook Composition Club provide pupils with opportunities to develop their academic understanding of music and their general musicianship. Pupils applying for music scholarships are also invited to join Music Scholarship Club.
There are plenty of opportunities for pupils to develop into confident and proficient performers.
Termly Music Recitals provide a supportive and friendly platform for pupils to perform solos to family, friends and staff.
The Individual Music Festival, held in the Spring Term provides pupils with a more formal, competitive performance environment. Each year pupils compete in preliminary rounds, for a place in the final competition, adjudicated by guests with specialist knowledge of performance.
The Summer Term ‘Last Choir Standing’ competition is a celebration of singing across the whole school. Every class from reception to Year 8, spend choir lessons preparing performances for the school and parents to watch and enjoy. Our external adjudicators award winners to each catergory and finally the Outstanding choir, known as the ‘Last Choir Standing’. Our 2016 winners were 4H.
Past calendar events include collaborations with composer Tom Bayliss and vocal workshops led by the acclaimed Acapella ensemble Apollo 5.
Events in our 2016- 2017 calendar include:
Prep Department: Autumn Term Recital, Devizes Junior Eisteddfod Competition, Pagent performance: ‘Panto from the Past’, Carol Singing in the local community and the Carol Service in Marlborough College Chapel.
Pre Prep: Devizes Junior Eisteddfod Competition, EYFS nativity, Years 1 and 2 nativity and the Carol Service in Marlborough College Chapel.
Prep Department: St Francis Individual Music Festival, 75th Anniversary Choral Concert
Pre Prep: EYFS Mother’s day Assembly, Springtime Celebration
Prep Department: Last Choir Standing, Summer Production for Years 5,6,7 and 8
Pre Prep: Last Choir Standing, EYFS Summer performance, Summer Showcase.