At St. Mary’s College we enjoy making, listening to and appreciating music of all genres. We strongly encourage students to become involved in making music outside the classroom. Activities include:
- A wide variety of individual or grouped instrumental lessons (vocals, piano, woodwind, brass, string, percussion, classical guitar, electric guitar, bass guitar).
- School chamber orchestra, made up of pupils and members of staff that rehearse weekly. An eclectic repertoire of pop, classical, jazz, marching band, film themes, and so on.
- School Choir, which rehearses weekly and performs choral and popular music from the medieval period through to current chart songs.
- School Worship Band, which is made up of between 4 and 8 pupils and staff, led by Miss N Tomkins. This rock band rehearses regularly and performs modern Christian rock and traditional hymns during the regular school Masses and other liturgies throughout the year, as well as performing in the school concerts.
- We have numerous pupil rock bands and a Battle of the Bands concert is held annually.
- Small ensembles and solo performance in our monthly lunchtime concerts and larger concerts are held throughout the year at Christmas and at the end of the summer term.
- Many workshops are held throughout the year focusing on song writing, vocal skills and percussion ensemble
- There is an annual school stage production.
Pupils are also encouraged in their music-making activities away from school, many being involved in local music theatre companies, music festivals, and so on. There are opportunities for students to attend concerts, operas and musicals both locally and in London.
As a continuation of Key Stage 2, every child in years 7-9 studies music in Key Stage 3. These creative music lessons are studied within a historical and cultural setting. We listen to European and World Music and analyse it according to the requirements of the National Curriculum. The rudiments of theory are also studied together with basic composition using information technology. In Years 10 and 11 students have the opportunity to study music to GCSE as part of the options scheme.
We strongly encourage students to become involved in making music outside of the classroom. We have a choir and instrumental groups who perform at many activities throughout the year.
These activities include musical evenings, seasonal festivals, choral services, and religious services held both in school as well as at external venues. There are also opportunities for students to attend concerts, operas and musicals both locally and in London.
The school is also home to ‘Ocean Brass’. For more information about them visit here (http://www.oceanbrass.com)