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Music

The full range of instruments are taught by our carefully selected visiting specialist teachers who work with the Music Department to bring the children together in a range ensembles, bands and choirs. Pupils regularly perform at events in the local community, often raising money for charity or participating in celebrations such as the Tavistock Music and Arts Festival.  

Our modern Music School at the Prep has dedicated studio space, a theatre and comprehensive sound and light facilities where children can write, produce and perform. Our teaching staff work together to support the children in a range of productions throughout the year celebrating individual excellence and an understanding of what can be achieved with effective collaboration.

Relaxed and friendly but still with a sense of occasion, the Informal Music Concerts, held in the Music School, celebrate the successes of our talented musicians and provided audiences of parents, siblings and friends with an evening of entertainment.  Children have the opportunity to play in familiar surroundings to an admiring audience enjoying the music with light refreshments.  The Boarders' Concerts allow those children in the boarding community to perform to their parents on exeat weekends.  Once a year Grandparents are welcomed in for a tour, high tea and concert hosted by their grandchildren.

The academic year opens with a Scholar’s Concert; the children across the Foundation who are music award holders host a concert preparing us for the delights of the year to come.  The Christmas and Summer Concerts feature the ensembles based at the Prep.  Strings, Woodwind and Choirs along with some of the older soloists perform to a high standard with beautiful and memorable performances.  The Spring Concert is an opportunity to amalgamate music across Foundation as ensembles and choirs come together – the older and more experienced pupils are the emulation model for those just beginning their musical journeys.  The repertoire ranges from traditional folk tunes, West-End musicals, Classical and contemporary to modern pop and film music.  These are always high lights in the school calendar and really show case the best musicianship at the Prep.