We are very proud of our partnership with the Durham Music Service with whose help we are able to offer enhanced music experiences to our pupils. Jo James is our music specialist who teaches Key Stage 3 pupils as part of our Monday carousel - they learn African Drumming, singing, introduction to Ukulele and all sorts of other musical skills in the process. From time to time pupils have the opportunity to perform to the rest of the school as part of their music curriculum.
In addition to this the Music Service provide instrument tuition in small groups which school subsidise in order to offer this free to any pupil who is interested. Pupils can chose from drum or ukulele tuition and will be guaranteed a minimum half term of lessons per year - those who are keen have the chance to attend further sessions.
As parents / carers will also know, we have a fantastic Christmas performance each year directed by Rachel Franklin with singing from all of lower school, supported by pupils in upper school who want to volunteer. Pupils also perform dance and songs as part of other events throughout the year.
We try to ensure that we enhance pupils musical experiences with live performances every term. This term we are looking forward to a concert organised by The Forge as part of the Durham Brass Festival. In the past we have enjoyed music from string ensembles, Brazilian performers, Scots folk musicians, to name but a few. Much of this is made possible with the support of Live Music North which is a charity subsidising live music performance in schools.