The aim of the department is to ensure that students throughout the school enjoy music and reach their full potential in the subject. The Music Department is a lively and busy place where there are opportunities for everyone, from beginners to more advanced level players, to be involved.
Music is taught to all students in Years 7-9. The Edexcel Specification is taught for GCSE, AS and A2 level. In Years 7 - 9 the work is project based such as Film Music, Blues and Jazz, African Drumming, Baroque-Romantic Music and Cover Song Project. All projects include opportunities to perform, compose, listen and appraise music.
Marist Music Ensembles
- Concert Orchestra
- Reed Group
- Flute Choir
- A Cappella Group ‘Grace Notes’
- Staff/Parent Choir
- Guitar Group
- String Group
Private Music Lessons
As an extension to classroom work the students have the opportunity to learn additional instruments. Lessons with visiting teachers take place during the school day. At present over 200 instrumental lessons are taught each week. All private music lessons are 35 minutes long, and run simultaneously with the academic curriculum. Girls come out of academic lessons on a 5-week rotation and will be expected to catch up on all academic work.
Music Scholarships are offered for entry into Year 7 and the Sixth Form.
The choir were regional finalists in ‘Choir of the Year 2014’. The newly formed a cappella group ‘Grace Notes’ were Youth Category finalists in ‘The Voice Festival UK 2016’ where they won ‘outstanding performance’ and ‘outstanding solo’ awards.
There are opportunities for all girls to be involved fully in the life of the Music Department. A variety of concerts are scheduled throughout the year.
The Marist put on a bi-annual musical production. In 2012 we presented "Grease" as our whole school production and in 2014 presented "The Sound of Music". We plan to produce “Calamity Jane” as our 2016 production.
The Carol Service is a very important annual event, at which all the School Choirs and all girls in Years 7 & 8 take part in a service of readings and carols.
Performance in the Community
We are building opportunities to perform in the local area through carol singing and we are going to be providing entertainment at the Lynwood Care Home Village Family Fete in 2016.
GCSE and A Level pupils are given the opportunity to perform their performance coursework in lunchtime recitals. Music Scholars are also given the opportunity to perform in their own lunchtime concert in the Summer Term. The school has also treated to a Staff Lunchtime Concert which raised £360 for CLIC Sargent Cancer Care.
Chamber Concerts take place each year, giving opportunities to instrumentalists and vocalists throughout the school – these are especially useful as performance preparation for Associated Board and Trinity and Guildhall examinations.
2012 saw our second Jazz Supper at Jagz Jazz Club in Ascot where the Swing Band played a fantastic selection of jazzy songs, and vocalists and instrumentalists throughout the school presented a programme of jazz standards. This event gave the students an opportunity to perform in a dinner club environment, backed by a professional jazz group.
2014 saw The Marist on tour in Lake Garda, Italy. We had a fantastic time visiting Venice, Lakeside towns and Gardaland. We are visiting Barcelona in 2016.
Royal Holloway Collaboration
Thirteen girls in Years 8 & 9 took part in Opera Holloway’s 2011 Christmas production of Humperdinck’s famous opera ‘Hansel and Gretel’. Over the course of the Autumn Term, they took part in workshops both at the school and at Royal Holloway College. This culminated in two performances on 9th and 10th December in which the girls did a fantastic job of playing the roles of the gingerbread children.