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Co-curricular performance and enjoyment of music is encouraged and made available to all pupils through a wide range of weekly, termly and annual musical activities.
The choirs, instrumental ensembles and soloists of Blackheath High School can be heard rehearsing and performing throughout the school year, both on the school site, in facilities which include the purpose-built 300-seat theatre and old chapel, and at venues across London, the UK and Europe. Recent performances have taken place at St. John’s, Smith Square, Eltham Palace, Blackheath Halls and the Old Royal Naval College, Greenwich, at which a choir and orchestra of over 150 of the school’s students performed. Recent Music tours include Amsterdam*, Barcelona and with a tour to Venice planned for February 2017. In collaboration with the drama department, students have staged musical productions including ‘Beauty and the Best’, 'Annie', ‘Grease’, ‘Bugsy Malone’ and ‘Dracula Spectacula’ (where cast, chorus and band members are pupils). Among the many musically able students at Blackheath High School, a significant number attend Saturday music schools, including Junior Trinity whilst some have gained places in national groups such as the National Youth Choir.
[* some of the Amsterdam Tour photos can be viewed in the gallery at the foot of this page. Our full photo gallery of the tour can be viewed here: All the photographs from this tour are reproduced courtesy of photographer Marianne Swienink-Havard http://swieninkhavard.co.uk/.
Extra-curricular performance and enjoyment of music is encouraged and made available to all pupils through a wide range of weekly, termly and annual musical activities.
Instrumental and Singing Lessons
Many students receive weekly, individual instrumental and singing lessons delivered by a staff of 13 visiting music teachers. At present, students receive tuition in flute, oboe, clarinet, saxophone, trumpet, trombone, violin, viola, cello, double bass, piano, voice, guitar and drum kit. If you would like your daughter to receive tuition in these or any other instruments, please contact the director of music for an application form.
Year 7 ‘Taster’ Instrumental Lessons
In addition to optional instrumental/vocal tuition offered to all students, all members of Year 7 are currently offered the opportunity to learn a musical instrument which they have not before studied. This opportunity takes the form of free instrumental tuition and the loan of a musical instrument for one year. The experience has inspired many students to continue to learn and enjoy participating in a variety of instrumental ensembles.
The school’s ensembles rehearse weekly and perform throughout the year in concerts both in and outside the school. A downloadable document outlining all the music ensembles can be found at the foot of this page. They include:
A small ensemble for advanced percussionists performing a selection of contemporary repertoire. Auditioned.
The Choir represents the school at its public events, as well as performing in termly concerts. Challenging classical and contemporary works are performed, for which sight-singing ability is important. Auditioned.
A contemporary choir singing songs from the hit show, Glee. All welcome.
A beginner percussion ensemble focusing on reading and ensemble skills. Unique instruments are used inlcuding dustbins, buckets and brooms! All welcome.
A drop in clinic to supports students studying Music and Music Technology at GCSE and A Level. GCSE and A Level students.
A percussion ensemble focusing on playing tuned percussion instruments.
Open to vocalists, guitarists, bass guitarists, drummers, percussionists and horn section, the band performs contemporary rock and pop and other music chosen by its members. By invitation.
A large scale samba band performing traditional samba grooves on authentic instruments. All welcome.
A chamber ensemble involving the most advanced string, wind, brass and percussion players. By invitation.
A Ukulele Orchestra for players of all abilities. The group regularly performs in concerts and has members from all year groups. All welcome.
An advanced a cappella group of 15 students. The students choose the repertoire and have become extremely well respected within the school community. Auditioned.
Year 7 Choir
All members of Year 7 participate in this choir, performing music with a wide appeal. The choir builds on the singing experience gained in junior school and prepares students to join the Chamber Choir. As a member of the choir, all Year 7 pupils take part in the Christmas Carol Concert and the Spring Concert.
The school’s choirs and ensembles give three major concerts each year, one being at an external venue. Significant works recently performed include Jenkins Song of Sanctuary and Britten's Noye's Fludde.
Tea Time Concerts
The Tea Time Concert series gives soloists and small ensembles the opportunity to perform in an informal setting, presenting their musical achievements to an audience of parents and friends.
Exam concerts are an informal opportunity for Asssociated Board and Trinity exam candidates to perform to family and friends, whilst gaining performance experience ahead of their music examinations.
A musical is staged annually in the spring term of each year, involving students from Years 7 to 13, taking place in the school’s fully equipped, 300 seat auditorium. Recent productions have included 'Beauty & the Beast', ‘Annie’, ‘Grease’, ‘Bugsy Malone’ and 'Dracula Spectacula'.
Art and Music Exhibitions
The school’s Chamber Choir, ensembles and soloists provide entertainment and a presentation of pupils’ artistic achievements in collaboration with the art department.
Community and fundraising
We fundraise for St Christopher’s Hospice each Christmas at Lewisham Shopping Centre and also perform at a local residential home, Dowe House. We provide entertainment for the local Senior Citizens Tea Party and regularly collaborate with local primary schools on vocal and percussion projects.
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