Music is a thriving part of life at Packwood. Every child in the school is involved in weekly class Music lessons, assemblies and singing practices, as well as participating in the annual Sixes (house) music competition and Christmas carol service. Around 75% of pupils take lessons in at least one of a wide variety of instruments on offer or singing, and many study two or more. Most instrumentalists also play in ensembles, which are grouped by experience and level achieved rather than age, and range from our beginners’ ensembles to the Big Band and Chamber Orchestra.
Pupils may audition for the Boys’ or Girls’ Choirs, which sing at church every school Sunday. Each choir takes 16 children from Years 6 to 8 and places are highly sought after. Younger children are encouraged to join the Junior Choir which also performs regularly in concerts, assemblies and the school carol service. Choristers work towards nationally recognised awards from the Royal School of Church Music.
We strongly promote performance as a means of developing confidence. Concerts are held at the end of every term, as well as less formal lunchtime concerts once or twice a term. Other recent events have included a visit from the Shrewsbury School Big Band for a workshop, and a visit to Malvern College Arts’ Day to play in a prep schools’ orchestra.
Musicians are encouraged to apply for Music scholarships to their senior schools and have achieved great success. They have won scholarships to Radley, Cheltenham Ladies’ College, Repton, Downe House, Uppingham, Stowe, Shrewsbury and Moreton Hall among others.
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