As term settles into its new pattern, our usual routine of concerts and recitals would normally be on the very near horizon. Currently, restrictions prevent us from performing in large groups. So, in order to get things moving in the right direction, we are delighted that our new Year Group ensembles are rehearsing together. This week, our young musicians are performing in Year Group Assemblies, and Madelen was one of a few who played brilliantly for her their friends in Chapel. Our Music Scholars are rehearsing in readiness for an online concert we will be publishing for you to watch just before half term.

The children in Pre-Prep have had a very busy and exciting time in their music lessons. They have been focussing on rhythm and Mrs Creaton is very impressed with their progress already!  Nursery children have been exploring percussion instruments and Reception are learning about notation. Many Pre-Prep children are enjoying the music clubs including Suzuki groups, Music Makers and Fiddlesticks.

Our excellent team of Visiting Music Teachers are, on the whole, now back in school teaching the pupils face-to-face. On that note, we do have space for most instruments should you wish your child to start to learn to play in school. Please note that numbers for Piano lessons are at capacity now. We do have space for Cello, Violin, Guitar, Bassoon, Flute, Clarinet, Saxophone, Oboe, Trumpet, French Horn, Trombone, Drum Kit, and we are pleased to be able to offer Recorder (after half-term) as a one to one specialist instrument (NB this is not a club but an individual instrumental lesson). Music lesson application forms can be downloaded from the School website. Please return them to Miss Akehurst, the Music Department Administrator.

We also say a fond farewell to Mrs Gill Robinson, our longest-serving member of the Department. She has announced her retirement after 33 years loyal service to the School. We shall miss Gill very much and wish her a happy and peaceful retirement. We thank Gill for her commitment and dedication to the many Blue Coat children she has taught since 1987.

Mr Nicklin and Mrs Creaton