Music

The choir sounded magical! The girls should be justifiably very proud of their performance.  

The Music Department is dynamic and stimulating offering a creative environment for all girls. It is ambitious in its expectations of girls and aims to ensure music is accessible to pupils of all abilities.

The department has a practice block with a senior musicians study room; a Music Technology Centre with recording studio; a teaching room fully equipped with Apple hardware and keyboards; an ensemble room and Camelia House, which offers a fantastic space for ensemble rehearsal and acoustic performances.

There are frequent lunchtime concerts, house music competitions, summer concerts, the school musical, a Christmas carol service, community carol service, twice weekly vespers and regular hymn practice.

Girls are encouraged to join the choirs. Two thirds of girls play at least one musical instrument. Music lessons incorporate performance, composing and appraising as well as the study of different musical genres from Baroque and classical, to
musical theatre, reggae and popular music. Composition work is carried out using Sibelius software in our Music Technology Suite.

Singing is encouraged at Westonbirt and there are plenty of opportunities for girls to come together in a group. The younger girls can choose to join the junior choir.

All year groups are represented in the Senior Choir. They rehearse once a week and their repertoire is usually lighter music, often popular styles, in two or three part harmony.

The Chamber Choir is a small, selective choir, open to girls in years 9 to 13. All girls are expected to audition at the start of each academic year. They rehearse once a week, and more frequently leading up to concerts. A wide range of repertoire and languages is covered and the choir sing in three or four part harmony. The Chamber Choir lead weekly hymn practice.

There are a number of opportunities for Westonbirt girls to join a range of music ensembles for instruments, such as the flute ensemble, wind band and jazz band.

Visiting specialised peripatetic teachers lead these and all girls who study a suitable instrument are encouraged to participate. Ensemble playing is a wonderful opportunity for girls to enjoy music making together for pleasure and companionship.

Westonbirt Orchestra is open to girls who have been learning their instruments for a year or more. Recent repertoire has included ‘Chitty Chitty Bang Bang’ and ‘Bugsy Malone’. Girls are often invited to watch concerts given by the Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra at Bristol’s Colston Hall.
Visiting peripatetic staff provide individual instrumental and singing lessons at Westonbirt. Girls can enrol for a variety of lessons at the start of term and each weekly lesson is 30 minutes. As they progress through to the higher grades, double lessons are recommended in order to achieve the demands of more challenging material.
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