The James Bond theme rubs shoulders with Holst, while Christmas carols find a place next to Mull of Kintyre (played on the bagpipes, naturally) in our joyful, eclectic medley of music.
The children sing their way through school, from assembly in the morning to charity concerts at the Royal Albert Hall, with an annual Spirit of Christmas concert alongside Saffron Walden Choral Society in St Mary’s Church.
Instrumentalists start with the recorder and move on to a broad selection of orchestral instruments, from violin, cello, flute, oboe, bassoon and clarinet to saxophone, cornet, trumpet, trombone and French and tenor horns. There’s a yearly demonstration of instruments so children can decide which one they might like to learn, while parents can take advantage of rent-to-buy schemes that spread the cost.
The children hone their skills with regular performances in assembly and in our orchestra, wind band, string quartet or brass group. Then there are trips to hear the London Symphony Orchestra at the Barbican and a chance to play along.
Many pupils leave us with Grade 3 or higher but if you’re not a budding Nigel Kennedy or Katherine Jenkins, you can still have a go at composing your own pieces or take your place in our musical productions. Whether we’re putting on a nativity play or The Jungle Book, music is always at the heart of our shows.