Music is an integral part of life at St David’s. Assemblies, concerts and productions all celebrate a love of singing and instrumental-playing. Every child has the opportunity to take part in extra-curricular music activities at St David’s from individual lessons to group ensembles and choirs.
Individual Music Lessons
We offer individual music lessons from specialist visiting music teachers on the following instruments: piano, violin, flute, saxophone, clarinet, trumpet, trombone, guitar, drum kit, euphonium and recorder.
From September 2021, individual lessons are £198 for 10 x 30 minute lessons.
These lessons are available to children from Form 3, or earlier, at the discretion of the visiting music teacher and the Music Leader.
Music Theory classes are also on offer at a cost of £50 per term.
There are two choirs at St David’s, our award-winning Chamber Choir which is auditioned for, and the Pop Choir which is open to all children in Forms 3 – 6. This academic year, the Chamber Choir have performed at the Woldingham Junior Choir Festival, the Sutton Music Festival and Whitgift House Care Home. In 2018, the Chamber Choir were delighted to reach the finals of the prestigious Barnardo’s ‘Choir of the Year’ competition, where they performed at the Royal Festival Hall. They were awarded with a ‘Distinction’ and came 7th overall, in a competition that had entries from hundreds of choirs from across the UK. Other 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. We also run a Young Voices Club at 8am on Wednesday mornings for children in Form 6 to prepare them for the annual Young Voices Concert at the O2.
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.
Music Scholarships and Awards
Children from St David’s have been offered Music Scholarships and awards from the following schools: Whitgift, Trinity, Caterham, Royal Russell, Woldingham and Old Palace. Children are prepared for auditions by their individual music teachers as well as the Music Leader.