Chiddingstone School

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Music

Musical Chidd

Music at Chiddingstone Church of England School continues to thrive with so much going on during the week as well as special events happening throughout the year. About a third of pupils learn a musical instrument with the most popular being the violin and piano. Flute, cello and guitar are some of the other instruments also being taught at the school.

Music is not just about learning an instrument. All children are involved in singing and enjoy performing their vocal skills in Acts Of Worship, special services, music lessons and summer productions. In 2012, we became a Silver 'Singup' school because of all the singing we do. (www.singup.org). A really tremendous achievement which involved every single child and teacher in the school!

THE SUMMER PRODUCTION is the big event of the year (in July) where the whole school take an active part in acting, singing and dancing to our Musical Performance. Previous plays have been:

2011 - Alice in Wonderland

2012 – Oliver Twist

2013 – The Jungle Book

2014 – Chitty Chitty Bang Bang

2015 – Peter Pan

2016 – The Wizard of Oz

2017 - Mary Poppins

The orchestra do a fantastic job at accompanying all the acting, singing, dancing and musical cues. It is performed on our outdoor stage and a wonderful experience for us all!

Clubs

Key Stage 2 Orchestra: available for all children in Key Stage 2 from playing percussion to playing the violin. We have 35 children who participate in the orchestra and have a range of repertoire, from Mozart to Harry Potter! Everyone is welcome with enthusiasm. It takes place on Monday  lunchtimes at 12.30 in class 5. Please contact Mrs Ralph for more details.

Music lessons

Music is now taught within our creative curriculum topic so if you would like to see or find out how much music is being taught in your child(ren)'s class, then do please ask the class teacher.

We also have a number of peripatetic teachers offering individual, private lessons at school:

Outside opportunities

The children are also given many opportunities outside of school and in the wider community to perform. Regular events have been;
Singing/playing:

  • at Christmas markets e.g. Penshurst, Chiddingstone Castle 
  • at the WI Christmas Carol Concert in St. Mary's church
  • in Tunbridge Wells and Sevenoaks local competitions 
  • as part of the Young voices concert at the 02 arena 
  • at The Children's Prom (working collaboratively with Sevenoaks schools in the partnership in forming a united orchestra for a concert)
  • by invitation from local secondary schools to be involved in their concerts: eg., Chiddingstone flute students performing with the Sevenoaks wind band and the orchestra participating in the BBC's "Ten Pieces".