OUR MUSIC DEPARTMENT
The Music Department at Broxbourne is vibrant, lively and fun. We nurture our pupils, developing both their confidence and standards of excellence. There is something for everyone and every year a huge proportion of our pupils enjoy an extensive programme of instrumental lessons and extra-curricular activities. There are over a dozen different groups/choirs and clubs on offer including the 30+ piece Jazz Band, three choirs, string group, flute group, brass group, guitar group, wind group, Rock School, Steel Pan groups, theory clubs and a keyboard club
Our Jazz Band has performed at Disneyland Paris, The Royal Albert Hall, Paradise Wildlife Park and to pupils at some of our feeder primary schools. They recently went on Tour to Belgium and had an amazing time performing to appreciative audiences in both Ostend and Panne. The Christmas Concert is held at The Spotlight Theatre which gives pupils an opportunity to perform in an external, performance setting. We try to give pupils opportunities to support the local community, particularly at Christmas time -members of the choirs have sung carols and festive songs to a more senior audience in St Augustine’s Church Hall and the Jazz Band have supported the local Primary School Christmas Carol Concert.
As part of our enrichment package, we invite professional musicians into school to work with our pupils. Recently some of our talented singers and musicians had the opportunity to work with professional opera singer/voice, coach/choral, director James Gower in a mass choral workshop.
Pupils are also able to attend West End Musicals and other top class classical concerts. We actively forge links with our feeder primary schools and provide instrumental tuition for Wormley Primary School. We have also hosted Orchestra Days where our musicians support primary pupils to enjoy the many musical opportunities on offer at the school.
Our team of first class instrumental teaching staff are committed and dedicated to providing a wide enrichment programme and we are extremely proud of our pupils’ achievements.
Music is an important and valued part of the ethos and culture of the school. Learning to play an instrument is a fantastic opportunity which enhances your coordination, increases memory capacity, helps with time management and organisational skills, develops team skills, teaches perseverance and is an interest that will follow you into your adult life.
Paula Humphreys, Headteacher