We are very proud of our music department and offer a wide range of musical learning experiences. All pupils have opportunities in classroom lessons to learn performance, theory and listening, composing, ensemble skills and music from around the world. In addition to this, individual lessons can be accessed by all pupils, which are heavily subsidised by the Academy. Students are able to choose from a wide variety of instruments, and are encouraged to learn the styles of music they enjoy. This is provided by our excellent team of practicing musicians.
Music offers a range of extra-curricular opportunities which are not only for the whole Academy but cater to the needs of each of the small schools. From small ensembles and orchestra for our more experienced musicians to our inclusive clubs for guitar, African drumming and a chance to build on keyboard skills learnt in the classroom. Our Rock ‘n’ pop choir has more than 50 members. Our prestigious gospel choir regularly performs at high profile events including a performance in New York in 2012. The Music Department has superb studio facilities located in the Symphony building and music technology workshops are offered at each key stage.
In addition to sound proofed teaching rooms there are nine practice rooms, a small ensemble room, a computer suite and a recording control room. These are exceptional resources for students across the entire Academy, including of course those studying music GCSE and post 16 pupils studying BTEC Music.
Students have the opportunity to perform at both formal and informal events, ranging from music assemblies to our music concerts which are held at Christmas and at the end of the Summer Term.
Our Christmas Choir are regular performers at Stationers’ Hall, and their carol concert at the annual Christmas Lunch is a highlight in the Academy and Stationers’ calendar. Our links with the Stationers’ Company also provides other wonderful opportunities to perform at venues across the City, including St Paul’s Cathedral!
We were offered a fantastic opportunity to work with The Hanover Band at their celebratory concert to mark 200 years since the Battle of Waterloo. A small group of our gifted and talented instrumentalists attended rehearsals with members of the band. They then travelled to St. Pancras Station to perform on the concourse, alongside other instrumentalists from across the South of England. It was an amazing experience!
Our Gospel choir were invited to take part in Singing Spectacular – a celebration of primary and secondary musical talent from across the Royal Borough of Greenwich. We took part in rehearsals at Plumstead Manor School, Harris Academy Greenwich, as well as hosting a rehearsal at our own Academy. We performed songs with all of the other schools, as well as a smaller select group of secondary schools as the Gospel Choir. The performance took place at The Royal Festival Hall, and as the name suggests, was a spectacular experience!
A selection of Year 9 and 10 students attended a workshop at The Southbank Centre, in their specially designed Gamelan studio. The students discovered the origins and traditions of the Gamelan orchestra, and were given the chance to play various instruments as a whole group ensemble.