Music and Drama
Music and Drama are key aspects to the curriculum here at Hazlegrove.
Hazlegrove has a vibrant and energetic Music Department, that introduces its pupils to a wide variety of musical experiences.
We are proud to offer an ever-growing selection of instruments, taught by our dedicated and inspirational staff. These range from the piano, singing and standard orchestral instruments to electric guitar and bass, the bagpipes and music technology.
Budding musicians are encouraged to join a wide variety of ensembles, performing music from classical and jazz to pop and rock, which feature in our many concerts throughout the year. Many children choose to sit the ABRSM and Trinity music exams, and we also prepare a large number for Grade 5 Theory.
A love of music is encouraged throughout the school, with opportunities for beginners through to more advanced musicians. We also have a strong tradition of music scholarships, with children receiving awards to Senior Schools both locally and further afield.
Our Music Department is thriving! We were delighted to teach a large majority of our instrumental lessons remotely during lockdown, and we continued to provide opportunities for performance through our Virtual Friday Concerts each week. As a part of our recent Hazlegrove Music for Hope project, we also formed a remote orchestra of over 80 children, who performed an arrangement of Somewhere Over the Rainbow.
New initiatives include Rock and Pop band sessions for Years 6-8 and a p-Bone Band, introducing younger children to the wonderful world of brass instruments. We are also delighted to have brought our instrumental staff and Upper School choir together to perform Positive People – an extraordinary composition written especially for Hazlegrove by talented composer and in-house Percussion teacher, Peadar Townsend.
Drama is about many things: theatre, improvisation and presentation skills, instilling confidence, co-operation, communication, humour and empathy.
Our wish is for every child to be able to stand up in front of others and to express themselves with confidence and conviction. The theatre provides an imposing and technically demanding setting for a number of major productions each year. For those that see the world as a stage, this is a great place to start.
For those pupils wishing to go beyond the curriculum we offer Speech and Drama lessons as an optional extra where children prepare for the LAMDA examinations and showcase their work to parents and friends in the Theatre.