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Music

Above all, children at Aldwickbury are encouraged to find joy in music – the department fundamentally believes in the transformative power of music to impact every child in a positive way.

Our extra-curricular music provision boasts an impressive selection of music ensembles in which the boys can participate. These include:

School Orchestra
School Choir (non-auditioned, Years 3-8)
Chamber Choir (advanced, auditioned choir for senior boys)
Aldwickbury Strings (staff and boys, advanced chamber group)
Intermediate Strings
Woodwind Ensemble
Brass Ensemble
Guitar Ensembles
Percussion Ensemble
Rock Band
Samba Band
Recorder Clubs
Year 3 Violin Club
Pre-Prep Choir

A major music and drama production takes place every Easter term, with a cast of 60 or so volunteers from Years 7-8. Similar opportunities exist in Years 5 and 6, and the Pre-Prep and Junior Departments.

There are two major concerts in the year, and a traditional Carol service, alongside a number of informal lunchtime recitals which provide performing experience for boys at any stage of their musical development.

Individual tuition is provided in piano, violin, viola, cello, double bass, trumpet, trombone, horn, euphonium, baritone, guitar (electric and classical), percussion (kit and orchestral), flute, clarinet, saxophone, oboe, singing and theory. Every boy in Year 3 learns the violin for two terms during curricular music lessons.

Approximately 200 individual lessons (Years 1-8) take place each week. An Associated Board examiner visits the school each term and Theory of Music examinations also take place. A pleasing number of Merits and Distinctions are regularly obtained and failures are almost unheard of. Most years see at least one Music Scholarship to a senior school.

Music at Aldwickbury

The Chidell Hall provides a tremendous space for our cultural pursuits. All the boys have music and drama lessons as  part of the curriculum. The hall is a perfect setting for performances and for whole school gatherings, drama lessons, and chapel services.

Aldwickbury School Arts Festival 2014

A joint concert with the Chorakademie Children's Choir