“Music is incredible here. We can join the orchestra, choir or a band, or all three!” – Year 7 Pupil
Music is a huge part of life at Winterfold. All children receive music tuition within the normal school timetable and the course includes singing, simple composition and theory, and an aural introduction to all styles of music. In addition, over three quarters the children in the school receive individual tuition in at least one instrument and a wide range of instruments are played with both skill and enthusiasm. There are currently approximately 150 pupils learning instruments in the Prep School and a Year 2 Strings Programme in the Pre-Prep. Pupils sit ABRSM exams within school and in the last three years have passed an incredible 224 Grades, including 34 at Grades 5, 6 and 7! Children also gain many Music Scholarships to top senior schools.
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, South Africa and Rome, including singing in the Vatican. 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. Recent performances include ‘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. Half of the County Jazz Orchestra, known as ‘WYJO’, is made up of current and ex-Winterfold pupils. We have also had representatives in the National Children’s Orchestra and the finals of ‘Worcester Young Musician’.
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 also regular Platform Performance concerts with solo and ensemble performances. Our new Performing Arts Centre, opened two years ago 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.
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