Music plays a very important part in the life of the school. Many children in Key Stage 2 learn to play the recorder and pupils may choose to learn a woodwind or brass instrument with the Music for Schools Foundation. There is a school choir and the whole school regularly take part in festivals and productions, such as the Chipping Norton Music Festival schools workshop and concert, which is held annually in March.
In 2011, 15 children in years 5 and 6 went to the Royal Albert Hall as part of the ‘Oxfordshire Massed Choir’. Accompanied by the Oxfordshire Youth Orchestra plus a chamber choir and on stage in the Royal Albert Hall this was an experience ‘second-to-none’. The specially commissioned choral / orchestral work ‘Oxonia’ was conducted by the composer John Traill. It was a real ‘WOW’ moment.
Every year the school holds a "Musical Extravaganza" where any children who learn musical instruments or have professional vocal coaching are invited to perform to an audience of friends and parents. This year we enjoyed performances from the school choir, recorder groups and many individual performers aged from 5 to 11 years. We are proud to celebrate the musical achievements of our pupils.
The Oxfordshire Massed Choir
Recorder groups performing at Christmas
Choir performing at Christmas
Years 5 and 6 performing for their peers