Being involved in music enables you to express yourself, engage with others and develop a huge variety of essential skills which can be transferred to many other areas. We hope that Lochinver pupils will develop a love of music that will stay with them for life.
Music is an important part of everyday life at Lochinver. From Reception through to Year 8 the boys have two class lessons every week and will be introduced to performing, composing, listening and appraising. The boys will become familiar with a huge range of different styles and cultures, from medieval to the present day, from plainchant to reggae and everything in between. The Pre-Prep Music Room is equipped with a wonderful array of percussion instruments and the Senior Music Room is equipped with eleven keyboards and mac computers running Sibelius.
Over two-thirds of the boys are currently learning an instrument at school and a large proportion of those boys learn two instruments. The lessons are organized on a rotational basis so that the boys do not miss the same lesson each week. We offer tuition in the following:
Strings: Violin, Viola, Cello, Double Bass, Guitar, Bass Guitar
Woodwind: Descant and Treble Recorder, Flute, Piccolo, Clarinet, Saxophone, Bassoon
Brass: Trumpet, Cornet, Trombone, French and Baritone Horn
Percussion: Drum Kit
Our music staff are all highly experienced and enthusiastic teachers, as well as being excellent performers in their own right, and are always happy to answer any questions regarding the instrumental lessons at a mutually convenient time. Parents are also invited to sit in on one of the instrumental lessons in the Spring Term.
Boys are entered for Associated Board, Trinity and Guildhall or Rock School music examinations when they have reached the appropriate stage. We are always delighted to see the boys start out on their musical journey with the prep test and some of them even aim for the highest grade, Grade 8, before leaving us at 13+. When appropriate, we suggest that boys should audition for the NCYO. Each year, our top musicians are awarded music scholarships when transferring at 13+.
A wide range of music groups (see list below) meet every week and have the chance to perform at the Junior and Senior concerts. There are also many opportunities to perform in the Soloists’ Concerts, Concerts devoted to single families of instruments, in School Assemblies, in their class lessons, at the annual Pre-Prep Christmas entertainment and Senior Carol Service and at other special events such as the School Fete and Open Mornings. We have staged ‘Joseph’ and ‘Oliver!’ involving all the Year 8 boys and Senior Choir. We also organize workshops and bring outside performers into the school, for example; a Bassoon Quartet, a Wind Quintet, the violinist Nicola Benedetti (BBC Young Musician of the Year 2004), Quartet Camerata and the Enfield Percussion Group. Our woodwind, brass and string players have taken part in workshops at a variety of Senior Schools and our Senior and Junior Flute Groups have visited a local Care Home to entertain the residents.
We offer the following groups, catering for a wide variety of musical interests: Senior Orchestra, Junior Woodwind Orchestra, Junior String Orchestra, Senior Choir, Junior Choir, Big Band, Senior Flute Group, Junior Flute Group, Saxophone Group, Brass Band, Senior Rock Group, Junior Rock Group, Recorder Consort, Bassoon Group and Clarinet Choir.