Music and Drama in the Curriculum
Music and Drama are an intrinsic part of Richmond House School. Participating in Music, through singing, classroom collaborative activities, learning an instrument and being involved in Richmond House’s eclectic array of musical extra-curricular activities develops confidence, teamwork, communicative ability and a life-long love of music. Music also enhances academic performance, memory and concentration alongside being an enjoyable and fulfilling activity for pupils. Our Music Curriculum creates memories that pupils will treasure for years to come.
We offer a range of music and musical theatre opportunities, with Music taught as part of the curriculum from Nursery and Drama from Year 2. Our full time Music teacher, Mr Jason Hawkins, teaches music to all children from Nursery to Year 6. This unique prospective allows Mr Hawkins to work with every pupil on an individual basis to ensure they enjoy learning and performing and they develop their talents to their full potential.
Within the Music Curriculum at Richmond House School, pupils develop fundamental musicianship alongside a range of theoretical and practical skills. From Year 2 many of our pupils choose to have lesson from our highly experienced, dedicated and inspiring team of Visiting Music Teachers. The Visiting Music Teachers are professional musicians specialising in Piano, Guitar, Drums, Violin, Cello, Harp, Flute, Clarinet, Saxophone and Trumpet.
Musical and Drama Performances
From Nursery to Year 6 the children take part in a variety of productions which are a highlight of the school calendar and create memories for parents to cherish forever. Particular highlights include our Christmas productions, where each year group from Nursery to Year 2 put on their own show for the parents. Our annual Upper School Carol Concert has St Chad’s Church filled to the rafters. Our various Spring concerts have included, Oliver, Joseph, songs from Abba, and Ocean World, and one of the highlights of Year 6 is their end of year play, which in recent years has included Cinderella, Bugsy Malone and Carrots.
We are an inclusive school and all children take part whatever their ability, and they take pride in the quality of production that they work hard to produce.
We also run after school and lunchtime activities such as choir, orchestra, jazz choir and rock band. Our choir has performed in concerts across the county providing excellent live performing experiences for the pupils. This year, they were invited to sing Carmina Burana at Wakefield Cathedral with the Yorkshire Philharmonic Choir.
Over the years we have had the pleasure and honour of teaching some exceedingly talented musicians. A number of our Year 6 are regularly awarded Music Scholarships for their chosen senior school, several of whom have gone on to study at prestigious music schools and universities.