To enrich the learning done in lessons, the children all have the opportunity to get more involved in the Performing Arts at other times in the day. Whether it be performing in the choir, shining in a Musical Theatre concert, playing the drums in the school band or at one of the many plays put on throughout the year, our children embrace the opportunity to excel and support their peers in this creative field.
Weekly Drama Club sessions are available to all students, providing a forum for improvisation, characterisation and a chance to share a love of the subject with their peers in different year groups. All children work towards a performance every year so that they can demonstrate their growing skills on the stage, with the Year 8 Leavers’ Play a highlight of the school calendar. Pupils also enjoy being part of the backstage and technical teams for these events, making it a real team effort.
Stephanie Underwood-Webb, Head of Drama
Extra-curricular music groups include Concert Band, Junior Band, Senior Strings, All Stars, Senior Choir, Junior Choir and Male Voice Choir. Opportunities to perform are numerous. Concerts on the theatre stage happen every term for Main School, whilst the class concerts offer a more intimate setting in the Music Room for inexperienced performers. The hotly contested House Music Competition, adjudicated by a visiting Director of Music, involves everyone singing for their team and a select few playing their solos. The Senior Choir is to be seen in their robes and ruffs at St James’ Church, Colwall, at the Carol Service and March School Service, the former welcoming teachers and parents to provide the harmony.
One of the new highlights of the year is the Jazz and Swing Evening in the spring term, where a number of senior schools send their Jazz group/choir to perform at a black tie event, and where the senior choir is the headline act!
Jonathan Bungard, Head of Music
Students have the opportunity to take private Musical Theatre lessons with our charismatic and highly popular tutors. Superb evening performances take place bi-termly and students are successfully coached for examination grades often well over their expected levels of achievement for their age due to the commitment and skill of our staff.
Jane Whittle, Musical Theatre Teacher
‘I was blown away at the first Musical Theatre concert that I attended. The standard of musicianship and performance was extraordinary but what my wife and I were most inspired by was the support from the other children and the way in which they wanted their friends and peers to do well.’