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The aim of the Music Department at Hall Grove is to give opportunities for all pupils to enjoy and explore music of all types. Pupils are encouraged to participate in both group and individual practical activities, and are given opportunities for achieving high standards of music making.

 

 

Whilst it is understood that some will become accomplished in this discipline, it is also the desire that all should be musically literate and at ease with the subject, feeling that they can use performance and creative skills in other areas of life. There are so many opportunities for the children to learn and take part in music and musical events; each and every one gets caught up in the excitement of preparations for the various shows and concerts produced by Hall Grove.

All pupils at Hall Grove have the opportunity to learn a musical instrument, to take part in group work and to sing in choirs. Currently, over 220 instrumental lessons are taught by our team of fifteen highly qualified, dedicated and inspirational visiting staff. We offer lessons in a wide range of the standard orchestral instruments in addition to singing, piano, recorder, classical and electric guitar, ukulele, organ and percussion. Lessons take place during the school day and are on a weekly rotation to minimise disruption to academic progress. We encourage them to be entered for examinations of the Associated Board of the Royal Schools of Music andr other recognised bodies.  Our Informal Lunchtime Concerts provides numerous performance opportunities, which instil independence and confidence as well as giving pleasure to those listening. Once pupils have reached a certain level of proficiency they are encouraged to join in the many musical groups that meet throughout the week. These include Percussion Ensemble, Junior Strings, Chamber Ensemble, Senior Strings, Jazz Band, Choristers, Hall Grove Choir and Concert Band. Our annual Instrumental Competition enables every instrumentalist in the school to gain skills and benefit from the encouragement and advice from an external adjudicator.

In recent years, multiple Music Scholarships and Awards have been won to Bryanston, Eton, Hampton, RGS Guildford, St. George’s Ascot, St. Mary's Ascot, St. George’s College Weybridge, Wellington College and Westminster School. 

As children progress through the school, there is great emphasis on singing, performing, composing and listening to numerous genres of music from all periods and cultures to encourage a wide cultural and aesthetic appreciation. From Year 5 upwards we use a suite of Apple Macs running Logic Pro and Audacity to enable children to get to grips with modern music production techniques, and allow them to record and compose in styles with which they are familiar, particularly using pop, dance and rock styles. We have fun remixing songs, recording our own dance tracks and generally encouraging creativity, unhampered by any lack of formal keyboard technique. Interest in, and enthusiasm for, the subject is of paramount importance. Above all, Music should be appealing, galvanising and inspiring, and full of opportunities that motivate and challenge pupils, giving them plenty of opportunity to realise their full potential and experience the immeasurable feeling of having performed with poise in front of a room full of people or creating new and interesting pieces entirely for themselves.  

The choral tradition of the school is very strong. There are three choirs: Choristers, Hall Grove Choir and Girls’ Choir. All choirs perform regularly both within and outside school. A highlight of the school year is the candlelit Carol Service held in Windlesham Parish Church. The Choristers are affiliated to the Royal School of Church Music and sing several times a term.

Venues performed at include:

  • Ascot Priory
  • Blackburn Cathedral
  • Bristol Cathedral
  • Chichester Cathedral
  • Eton College Chapel
  • Gloucester Cathedral
  • Guildford Cathedral
  • Liverpool Anglican & Metropolitan Cathedrals
  • Salisbury Cathedral
  • St. Alban’s Cathedral
  • St. George’s Chapel, Windsor Castle
  • Wellington College Chapel
  • Winchester Cathedral
  • Windlesham Parish Church
  • BBC Radio 4 Daily Service Broadcasts 2008 - 2017
  • Tour of Rome and surrounding areas (2014)
  • Tour of Barcelona and surrounding areas (2012)
  • Tour of Austria (2010)
  • Christ Church Dublin (2008)