Extra Curricular Music & Musical Tuition
The Music Department
The Music Department is a flourishing and vibrant department at St Francis School which is led by the Director of Music, Mrs Kay Francis and assisted by Mrs Kate Griffiths, the Assistant Director of Music.
Musical Tuition by Specialist Teachers
75% of pupils from Reception to Year 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 ten peripatetic music teachers deliver lessons on the following instruments at St Francis School:
Drums and Guitar : Mr Sam Goffen
Brass : Mr Tim Crouter
Voice: Mrs Diane Charlesworth
Violin/Viola: Mrs Julie Mettyear
Cello: Mrs Emily Isaac-Johnson
Piano : Mrs Judy Weeks, Miss Rosemary Burn and Mrs Sarah Sainsbury
Flute: Mrs Susie Hutchinson
Clarinet/Saxophone/Recorder: Mrs Helen Pysanczyn
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), Jazz Band, Orchestra and Recorder groups. In addition, the Music Scholarship Club provide pupils with opportunities to develop their academic understanding of music and their general musicianship.
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 Summer 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 Autumn Term ‘Last Choir Standing’ competition is a celebration of singing across the whole school. Every class from Reception to Year 8, spend Music lessons preparing performances for the school and parents to watch and enjoy. Our external adjudicators award winners to each category and finally the Outstanding choir, known as the ‘Last Choir Standing’. Last year’s winners were 7W. This year’s theme is ‘Disney’
Past calendar events include collaborations with composer Tom Bayliss and vocal workshops led by the acclaimed Acapella ensemble Apollo 5.
Events in our 2019 – 2020 calendar include:
Prep Department: Music Recitals, Harvest Assembly, Last Choir Standing Competition, Monkton School Choral
Workshop Day, Open Morning Orchestra Performance and the School Carol Service in Marlborough College
Pre-Prep: Last Choir Standing Competition, the EYFS Nativity, Reception, Years 1 and 2 Nativity and the School
Carol Service in Marlborough College Chapel.
Prep Department: Years 5 and 6 Production, Music Recitals, Easter Assembly and Music Cluster Festival event
for local schools.
Pre-Prep: EYFS Mother’s Day Assembly and Springtime Celebration.
Prep Department: Summer Production for Years 3 and 4, St Francis Individual Music Festival, Summer Concert
involving all of the school’s choirs and ensemble groups and a Production for Years 7 and 8.
Pre-Prep: EYFS Summer performance and Summer Showcase.