Music is integral to life at Russell House. We provide a high-quality musical education to engage and inspire pupils and develop their talent, believing that every child is a musician. In the process, we increase their self-confidence, creativity and sense of achievement.
Music and musicians are valued and respected at Russell House and everyone is encouraged to participate. Pupils perform, listen to, review and evaluate music across a range of historical periods, genres, styles and traditions, including the works of the great composers and musicians. Class music lessons involve singing, composing, listening and keyboard work, and the children are introduced to a wide range of musical styles.
Outside academic lessons, our Junior and Senior Orchestras cater for musicians of all abilities as they move through the school, and provide valuable opportunities to play with others and learn ensemble skills.
Every pupil in Form 2 has the opportunity to learn the violin during music lessons and is loaned a violin for the year. This experience is valuable as it teaches the children how to read basic musical notation. Children are given practice pieces to work on at home throughout the year. After this, children can choose to continue with the violin or change to another instrument.
What's on offer
All children in Forms 4, 5, 6 and 7 take part in Choristers in the morning. Singing is a fantastic way to start the day. The Choristers perform at the Harvest Festival, the Carol Service and various other occasions throughout the school year.
Chamber Choir is by invitation only and is comprised of the most talented singers from Forms 5, 6 and 7. Chamber Choir enables some of the more able musicians to sing more challenging repertoire and to learn to read choral music fluently. They sing in the same events as our Choristers, as well as in some joint concerts with other schools. In 2018, our Chamber Choir won the Sevenoaks Three Arts Festival Choirs Competition.
Junior Orchestra is for instrumentalists in Forms 3 and 4. The orchestra rehearses on a Monday lunchtime from 1 – 1.30pm. It is expected that those children who learn an orchestral instrument take part in Junior Orchestra as a way of improving their ensemble and sight-reading skills. Junior Orchestra play pieces from a variety of different genres and styles and perform in our major end of term concerts.
Senior Orchestra is for instrumentalists in Form 5, 6 and 7 and rehearses on a Friday lunchtime between 1 and 1.45pm. It is expected that those children who learn an orchestral instrument take part in Senior Orchestra as a way of developing their ensemble and sight-reading skills. Senior Orchestra play pieces from a variety of different genres and styles. They perform in our major end of term concerts.