- primary school student playing violin
The Junior School has an excellent reputation for musical performance. All the girls are encouraged to learn to play an instrument for fun and for the challenge of learning a new skill.
Peripatetic lessons are provided by a talented team of working musicians. Lessons are available on the piano, recorder, flute, clarinet, guitar, violin, viola, cello, clarinet, cornet and singing. Pupils are given the opportunity to perform in assemblies, concerts and festivals. Each Junior year group has a choir as part of the weekly curriculum but there is also a Junior Chamber Choir which works at a particularly high standard (winner of Beckenham Festival for three years in a row).
"This initiation to string musical instruments is a great initiative…our daughter was recently asked to start an instrument, so the timing is perfect. She could not wait to treat us with her first concert yesterday!" Parent
Click here to view a video of the Junior Chamber Choir in action.
The Orchestra, which is open to all Junior girls who learn an instrument, rehearses weekly and performs regularly.
Each year the school holds its Summer Concert at the Old Royal Naval College, Greenwich. Click here to view the photos from the most recent Summer concert, a spectacular production of Benjamin Brittain's 'Noye's Fludde'.
HSBC Project: 'The Song of the Earth' Concert (Spring 2015)
Our Junior school has been working together with pupils from Invicta Primary in an HSBC-sponsored community music concert project. The essence of this new project has been to bring children together to sing and perform in a community concert. The Song of the Earth cantata of eleven songs follows the fairy tale of 'The Nightingale' by Hans Christian Andersen, about an emperor who prefers the tinkling of a bejewelled mechanical bird to the song of a real nightingale.
We are very grateful to HSBC who sponsored this project, which began in November last year. Years 5 and 6 from Invicta Primary and Years 4 and 5 from Blackheath High have worked together with Lin Marsh, the composer, and their music teachers, Rhys Barker and Ruth Coles to learn these songs.
Instrumentalists from both schools have also had rehearsals led by Ed Scolding from Blackheath Conservatoire to learn parts orchestrated by Ed especially for this performance. The backing track to the song ‘Got the T-shirt’ has been mixed and produced by Year 6 pupils at Invicta using their iPads.
The performance was enthusiastically received by the audience, which also included Helen Fraser, CEO of the GDST, who Tweeted: “Amazing children’s cantata last night @BlackheathHigh @Invicta_primary, Song of the Earth by Lin Marsh. Brilliant singing, beautiful music”. A selection of photos from the concert can be viewed in the gallery at the foot of this page.
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