Music is an integral part of life at St David’s. Assemblies, concerts and productions all celebrate a love of singing and instrumental-playing. Pupils at St David’s enjoy Music lessons from a specialist teacher as well as the opportunity to participate in a number of clubs and extra-curricular activities.
There are two choirs at St David’s, our award-winning Chamber Choir which is auditioned for, and the Junior Choir which is open to all children in Forms 3 – 6. Recent successes for the Chamber Choir include winning 2 cups in the 2017 Reigate and Redhill Festival (one for best in age group and one for best choir overall) and the Willetts Prize in the 2016 Croydon Performing Arts Festival.
The school boasts a wide variety of musical groups including a Wind Band, a Guitar Ensemble, a Ukulele group, three Rhythm Ensembles and a Violin ensemble, all of which meet once a week to practise and prepare for performances.
These groups cater for children from beginner standard upwards (depending on the instrument), giving the children the opportunity to develop their playing, build confidence and learn to work as a team. The groups perform in assemblies and in various School concerts throughout the year.
Form 6 Musical
One of the highlights of the School year is always the annual musical performed by our Form 6 pupils and recent performances have included The Pirates of Penzance, Pepys Show and A Midsummer Night’s Dream.
Form 5 at the O2 Arena
As part of their Music curriculum, Form 5 sing in the Young Voices concert at the 02 Arena where they join around 5000 other children performing a whole variety of songs to a packed audience.
Form 4 Recorder Curriculum
In Form 4 all children learn to play the recorder during their class Music lessons. This leads to a performance to parents in the Summer Term. Several children then go on to take individual Music lessons or small group recorder lessons when they are in Form 5.