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 and at a variety of out of school events including an annual cathedral Evensong. Each choir takes 16 children from Years 6 to 8 and places are highly sought after. Choristers work towards nationally recognised awards from the Royal School of Church Music. Younger children are encouraged to join the Junior Choir and may also be selected for the Junior Chamber Choir, both of which perform regularly at concerts, assemblies and the school carol service.
We strongly promote performance as a means of developing confidence. Concerts are held at the end of every term, as well as less formal ‘teatime’ concerts for exam candidates once or twice a term. Other recent events have included children taking part in the Boarding Schools’ Association’s ‘Big Boarding Sing’, the ‘Bookfest Remembers’ concert, which was broadcast on Radio Shropshire, the wedding of an Old Packwoodian, and prep schools singing and orchestral days at Shrewsbury School and Malvern College.
Musicians are encouraged to apply for Music scholarships to their senior schools and have achieved great success. They have won scholarships to The Purcell School, Radley, Cheltenham Ladies’ College, Repton, Downe House, Uppingham, Stowe, Shrewsbury and Moreton Hall among others. Packwood pupils have also gained places at the Royal Northern College of Music Junior Academy and in the National Children’s Orchestra.
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