Winterfold has an incredibly busy music department with a huge range of musical groups taking place every week. They cater for all standards, from beginners to the advanced. They also cover all styles from baroque to jazz and funk. Listed below are some of the groups which your child will become involved in if they learn an instrument at the school.
Chamber Choir are a small and very selective group of singers. Led by their wonderful vocal coach they perform a wide range of sacred and more popular repertoire. The choir have sung at various venues including most recently the Vatican, The Pantheon and St Peters Basillica in Rome. A little closer to home, performances have taken place at Villa Park, Birmingham Town Hall, Kidderminster Town Hall, and The Bullring. Other venues visited include Barcelona Cathedral, Prague Cathedral and Monseratt Cathedral.
Winterfold are proud of their orchestra. This ensemble is some 30 strong with a complete range of instruments from violins to double bass and trombones. They tackle arrangements of classical pieces and orchestral favourites such as ‘Pirates of the Caribbean’. Several of the members play in county level ensembles.
The Groove Diggers are the flagship ensemble of the school and the senior jazz band. The group have performed at a wide range of events and venues, including Birmingham Town Hall, Kidderminster Town Hall, Bewdley Museum, Upton Jazz Festival, Far Forest Country Fair and many more. Members of the band have even ventured to Europe and beyond to showcase their talents.
The average age of the band is only 12 years old. They have had extraordinary success and recognition over the last two years, both at a local and national level. Performances include the Symphony Hall in Birmingham and the Royal Albert Hall Foyer Cafe.
Junior Brass are the training band for beginner brass players. The group gives them an introduction to playing in an ensemble and learning how to count in time and pitch their notes. They perform at the Christmas Market and the Summer Concert.
Senior Brass are one of the busiest groups in the school, especially at Christmas time when they seem to be popping up everywhere with their brassy Christmas cheer! The group is made up of the best players in the school and produce a wonderful sound when in top form.
As the training band for the ‘Groove Diggers’, the Off Beats have really come into their own of late with an entry into the National Youth Music Festival. They went on to win place in the Jazz Finals held in the Town Hall Birmingham. They are made up primarily of musicians from years 5 to 6 and all take their music very seriously.
The ‘Jazz Choir’ was formed by a group of close friends many years ago. It has kept going and now is made up of the best singers from Years 7 and 8. They rehearse every week and learn how to sing in harmony and in an accapella style. They perform a wide range of music.
The Wind Band is the top band for wind players in the school. They perform a wide range of music, often specially arranged for them. They perform at the Christmas Market and the Summer Concert.
The String Group is for beginner string players who are not quite yet ready to play in the orchestra. It supports the junior string programme followed by Year 2 pupils by allowing the young players to have an ensemble to play in together.