As children progress through the Prep School, they are supported by a team of dedicated Music staff and we are proud to say many have gone on to be awarded Music Scholarships to their chosen senior school. Concerts are held regularly throughout the school year, catering for inclusivity, specialist ensembles and soloists.
In Year 3 the children all participate in the ‘Pinewood Strings Experience’ offering them the opportunity to learn to play an orchestral string instrument as part of their weekly, timetabled class music lessons. The regular performances in Lower School Concerts are thoroughly enjoyed by performers and audience alike.
All pupils from Years 5 to 8 compete in the annual House Music Competition, adjudicated by senior school Directors of Music.
Musical performance is encouraged and is something that is supported and admired by the Pinewood community. We are always exceptionally proud of those children who perform at national and county level and have been delighted to see children awarded places with the prestigious National Youth Choir of Great Britain, the National Children’s Orchestra, the Wind Sinfonia of Great Britain, the National Chamber Strings Orchestra, and National Schools Symphony Orchestra, to name a few.
All children in Years 3 and 4 sing with the Junior Choir; children from Year 5 are invited to sing with the Vox Choir, and children from Year 6 are invited to sing with Cantorum. Every child from Years 6, 7, and 8 is auditioned at the beginning of the Autumn Term for places within the Chapel and Chamber Choirs. Members of the Chamber Choir enjoy singing a variety of secular music; they perform regularly within the school and at public functions, including, in previous years, a performance at the O2 Arena. The Chapel Choir sings at St James’s Church in Bourton and membership is reviewed every term; children in the Chapel Choir follow the Royal Schools of Church Music Chorister Award.
Ensembles, to meet the diverse instruments playing throughout the school, rehearse weekly, and instrumental staff coach orchestral sectional rehearsals in the lead up to concerts: Chamber Wind Ensemble, String ensembles, Junior and Intermediate Brass Bands, Junior, Intermediate and Senior percussion ensembles, Classical guitar groups, Junior and Senior Rock Bands and Wind Band are all led by the visiting music staff. Opportunities for these ensembles to perform in and out of school are arranged throughout the term. In recent years, senior classical guitarists have won the ensemble trophy at the Devizes Eisteddfod, with the senior percussionists and the chamber wind ensemble coming second and third respectively.
Throughout their time at Pinewood, children are given demonstrations by visiting music staff and taster sessions on a variety of instruments within their class music lessons; a decision can then be made as to whether they would like to pursue individual music lessons.
Pinewood offers tuition on piano (jazz & classical), voice, violin, viola, cello, double bass, harp, percussion (tuned and untuned), guitar (acoustic & electric), flute, oboe, clarinet, saxophone, French horn, trumpet, trombone, euphonium and tuba, as well as theory.
Pupils are prepared for music examinations by the following examination boards: Associated Board of Music; Trinity/Guildhall School of Music; Rock School; Royal School of Church Music. Success in the variety of examination boards on offer at Pinewood displays the diverse genres of music experienced and enjoyed at Pinewood.