Music is one of the strengths of Quainton Hall School.
Classes from Pre-Prep to P6 have weekly music lessons in which the children can sing and learn to use musical instruments. Children in PP2 learn to play the recorder and from that year onwards children can opt to have instrumental lessons. The school offers tuition on all orchestral and band instruments, as well as drums, guitar and piano.
Visiting music teachers are highly qualified, with several playing in leading London orchestras and shows. ABRSM examinations are held at school once a year and several children have reached Grade 6, 7 and 8 by the time they leave the school. A number of P8 children have gained scholarships and awards to senior schools, including Harrow, Merchant Taylors’ and John Lyon School.
Extra-curricular opportunities for music making include:
The Chapel Choir lead the singing in chapel services and take part in a variety of extra events, including a weekend trip to Walsingham. A recent highlight was reaching the final of the Barnado’s Choir of the Year at the Royal Festival Hall.
In recent years the school has put on a large scale musical every year, with children from the prep school singing, dancing and acting to a high standard.
Fun Choir is a popular group which gives children the chance to sing and dance in modern pop and show songs.
The band and orchestra meet for weekly rehearsals and perform towards the end of term. Children in these ensembles have the opportunity to perform at senior school music days. Each term there is an instrumental concert in the chapel, where children can perform solos and in small ensembles. These concerts feature wind and brass, strings and a piano concert.