“Ah, music,” he said, wiping his eyes. “A magic beyond all we do here!” – J.K. Rowling, Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone
Head of Department: Anthony Hutchings
Rated by The Good Schools Guide as creating “possibly the best music (they have) seen in a school”, the department encourages the children to participate in ground-breaking children’s concerts, using the very latest technology to enhance the children’s performances. All children have a weekly music lesson where they learn and appreciate different genres from Rap to Classical and learn how to compose. They also have the opportunity to learn virtually any instrument they want, including the Marimbas, of which we have our own set. The Department consists of a dedicated team of teachers, many of whom are also active performers in their field.
Children are encouraged to take instrumental music exams to raise their performance level, with some 30 children taking music exams each term. There are numerous practice rooms available to use throughout the day, in the evenings and at the weekend.
Every child in the school is involved in performing in concerts and shows and will be on stage in front of a large audience at least twice each year. Music Scholarships and Exhibitions are numerous with children winning places at many prestigious schools in recent years.
Music is a vital part of life at Windlesham. Each year some 80% of children learn a musical instrument and every child in the school is involved in at least two major musical productions or concerts in the year. We aim to increase self-confidence through expertise, whilst stimulating every pupil to explore and improve their individual musical ability.
Musical performance is something in which we believe strongly and see huge benefits to all children whatever their talent and level. We regularly put on informal concerts at break times which staff, children and visitors watch and support. We are an active and forward-thinking department and perform regularly in the local community and with children from around the world. We recently hosted an extremely talented Marimba band from South Africa. They were made up of 12 under-privileged children aged 10-12. It was a life changing experience for both our children and our visitors. Our chapel choir performed recently at Westminster Abbey, Dulwich College and every year they hold a Harvest Festival service in Warminghurst Church, Sussex.