“Music is incredible here. We can join the orchestra, choir or a band, or all three!”
– Year 7 Pupil
Winterfold has a hugely eclectic music department which allows children to develop their skills performing a dazzling array of different styles and genres.
On the choral front, we have six choirs who perform both in school and at external venues, including international tours of Barcelona, Prague and South Africa. They have even sung Mass at St.Peter’s in Rome and at the Pantheon and are travelling in 2020 to sing in Athens. There is a selected Chamber Choir, which sings sacred repertoire and leads the carol service, plus a Parents’ Choir who sing alto, tenor and bass at school concerts. Performances have included ‘Adiemus’ by Karl Jenkins, Faure’s Requiem, ‘Phantom of the Opera’ and ‘Les Miserables’.
Our senior jazz band, ‘The Groove Diggers’, is much sought after for external concerts and events and has appeared at the Upton Jazz Festival for several years, entered the National Youth Music Festival and recorded a CD at the Metropolis Studios in London. They have won the ‘National Jazz Partnership Award’ and performed at Symphony Hall and the Royal Albert Hall in London. Half of the County Jazz Orchestra, known as ‘WYJO’, is made up of current and ex-Winterfold pupils. The band has been invited to play at a huge range of events, including the Mayor of Kidderminster’s robing, Shrewsbury School’s Jazz cabaret and Bromsgrove School’s Pop and Jazz night.
We have also had representatives in the National Children’s Orchestra and the finals of Worcester Young Musician, the Bromsgrove International Musicians’ platform and the Dudley Festival of Music, Drama and Dance.
Our annual Music Competition gives every young musician the chance to show what he or she can do and there are separate classes for each section of the orchestra. There are regular Platform Performance concerts with solo and ensemble performances. We also have ‘Mini Me’ concerts in the front hall of the School, using the wonderful grand piano and acoustics. At least twice a term, there are musical coffee mornings, where parents can relax whilst being serenaded by chamber music.
Our Performing Arts Centre, opened by HRH The Earl of Wessex, is the perfect venue for such concerts and performances. We feel that it is particularly important that those who play and sing should also hear and enjoy good ‘live’ music so we regularly attend local concerts and play host to visiting musicians, including strong links with a Ugandan Choir. Our annual Summer Concert is a huge ‘themed’ spectacle of music, which showcases the talent for the year with ‘concerto’ performances and large scale choral works, which often include specially commissioned arrangements.
For more information on Music at Winterfold, please click the drop down menu at the top of the webpage, where you will find more information about Winterfold’s ensembles, our bands ‘Off Beats’ and ‘Groove Diggers’, as well as the teaching staff.
You can find the Winterfold Music Department on the various Social Media channels below – and don’t forget to check out our unique music shop.
The Groove Diggers travelled to the metropolitan hub that is Halesowen to make a recording at Life Central Church. The group had a day laying down tracks with their sound engineers and professional sound rig. The sound system in the church is akin to something at the LG arena and the children fed off the energy and quality of the music. Here is the result:
The Winterfold House School Music Shop is unique as the only in-house music shop in the country.
We sell second hand music, instruments and music accessories and are also a hub for information about what is happening musically at the school.
MONDAY: Mornings before school, 8.30-9.00am.
FRIDAY: Afternoon, after school from approx 3.00pm onwards.
Please be aware that the shop is staffed by parent volunteers.
Donations of unwanted music would be very welcome for our Music Shop. Also, don’t forget to check our stock before you buy any new music or instruments.
If you would like to donate any musical items, please contact the School Office or pop into our Music Shop when you are next at Winterfold.