In 2014 our fantastic Music Room, incorporating a large teaching and orchestral space as well as two smaller teaching rooms was built and formally opened in May by virtuoso jazz violinist Tim Kliphuis who also led some workshops and worked with an appreciaitve group of SG musicians.
Informal Concerts are very important events allowing all children, whatever their level of playing, an opportunity to perform. The concerts are designed to be informal so as to allow parents and children to come and go (quietly). We hope that all who attend really enjoy the music on offer and support all of those who perform.
We are very excited about the developing musical life of the school. We are able to offer lessons on violin, cello, guitar, clarinet, bassoon, trumpet, trombone, recorder, drums and piano. We have string, brass, wind, percussion and recorder ensembles, a prize winning jazz band and an orchestra of over 25 musicians.
80% of children in Years 2 to 6 are learning a musical instrument. Everyone sings!
Our music staff are enthusiastic and go out of their way to nurture the talents of the children. We provide opportunities for musicians to perform and our informal concerts are regular features of the term’s programme. All children in the school are encouraged to sing and we consider that everyone is part of the school choir!
We have continued our growing tradition of high-quality musicals. In 2011 and 2012, “Pirates of the Curry Bean” and “What a Knight!” featured all children in Years 3 – 6 and since 2013 we have produced two musicals a year for middle school (end of the spring term) and for upper school (end of the summer term). Our latest productions (“Robin and the Sherwood Hoodies” and “Olivia”) featured every member of Years 5 and 6 in an uproarious musical comedy and included some astonishingly mature performances from our young cast. In March 2015, it was the turn of a very talented group of Year 3 and 4 pupils who gave two wonderfully funny performances of “Ye-Ha!”, a cowboy musical.
Spring Grove pupils have achieved higher standards than ever in their instrumental playing and Houses, orchestral and ensemble groups have continued to flourish. Through the year our series of Informal Concerts has showcased the progress of the children with space for the youngest beginners with a few months’ experience to perform as well as those preparing for exams.
We are increasingly asked to provide musicians for local events such as The Service of Remembrance at Wye Church, music for the patients at a Residential Home and a Good Friday Procession through the village. In April 2014 Ben Falcon and Laurie Cobb represented 50% of the Spring Grove Brass Quartet that featured in the Installation Service of the new High Sherriff of Kent – the other 50% was made up if the Headmaster and Mr Gove, our trumpet teacher! In 2015, Spring Grove pupils took part in Stour Music Festival’s World Premiere production of Matthew King’s “The Pied Piper”: this was a brilliant community event featuring professional and amateur performers.
We also recorded our school song, “SG Swings!” in 2014. Listen to it here.