The MUSIC department
At Garden House School, we believe that all children are musical. Children flourish in a varied and dynamic environment and therefore the wide range of musical activities available at the School helps to enrich their education. Annual performances at venues such as Cadogan Hall, Royal Hospital Chelsea Chapel, The Royal Court Theatre and Holy Trinity Church allow for high standards to be expected and achieved. In these performances one might see one of many of our ensembles such as the string, woodwind or guitar ensemble, or one of five choirs.
Our auditioned choir takes an annual overnight trip to destinations including France, Canterbury and Cheltenham. This past year the Upper Girls Chamber Choir was nominated for the Music For Youth National Festival. There are many school events throughout the year which train the children in the art of rehearsing and performing to a wider audience.
A broad Curriculum is offered to children in Kindergarten upwards. This combines and encompasses the musical tools required to develop their theoretical and practical understanding. Through weekly or bi-weekly music lessons each child grows in their understanding of music through singing, playing instruments, listening, movement, reading and composing music and performance.
In addition, in the older years their participation increases to include weekly hymn practise and/or involvement in one or more of our five choirs.
On offer at the School is an opportunity for children to receive one to one music lessons on a variety of instruments. Currently 80% of the eligible student body receive a lesson during the week; receiving piano, string, woodwind, brass, guitar, harp, singing or drumming lessons. Each year the girls perform in an afternoon concert and compete to perform a solo at the annual Gala Night held at Cadogan Hall in the Spring.