There is a strong tradition of music and performance at Beechwood Park.
All choirs, apart from Chamber Choir, are non-selective and welcome all pupils.
|Year 2||Just for Year 2 children and everyone is welcome. This choir starts in January and runs for two terms. It provides a fun introduction to singing and being part of a choir for the children.|
|Year 3||Just for Year 3 children and everyone is welcome. The repertoire is fun and light-hearted and there is an introduction to 2 part singing. They perform in Middle Department services, the Senior Citizens Entertainment and at least 2 other major concerts per year. The choir leads the Christingle Service in Markyate each year.|
|Year 4||Just for Year 4 children and all are welcome. The repertoire is fun and further choir techniques are developed, including 2 and 3 part singing. They perform in Middle Department Services, the Senior Citizens Entertainment and at least 2 other major concerts per year.|
|Girls' Choir||For Year 5 to Top Form (Year 8) girls only and all are welcome. Repertoire includes both sacred and secular songs in 2 and 3 parts. There are regular performances both within school and outside school in services and|
|Boys' Choir||For Year 5 to Top Form (Year 8) boys only and all are welcome. Repertoire includes both sacred and secular songs in 2 and 3 parts. There are regular performances both within school and outside school in services and concerts.|
|Chamber Choir||For Year 6 to Top Form boys and girls. This is an invitation only choir and generally the members have individual singing lessons. The repertoire includes both sacred and secular songs in 2, 3 or 4 parts and is designed to really challenge the singers in choral singing. Quite often, some of the pupils also belong to one of the National Youth Choirs. There are regular performances within school services and concerts and often the choir represent the School in external services and concerts too. Due to there being 4 rehearsals per week the choir is an excellent standard and its members are extremely committed to singing.|
There will also be occasions where some choirs will sing together for certain concerts or services.
All ensembles are invite only. When the pupil’s teacher feels they are ready for the next step in their learning, they will arrange for them to join an ensemble group. If pupils learn an instrument out of school they are also very welcome to join an ensemble when they have reached an appropriate level.
At present, we have the following ensembles at Beechwood Park:
|Big Band||For slightly more advanced pupils and playing a mixture of light /jazz music|
|Brass Ensemble||For all brass pupils of all standards|
|Clarinet Ensemble||All types of repertoire are covered|
|Wind Ensemble||Specifically for the more advanced. All types of repertoire are tackled|
|Woodwind Band||For all woodwind players (including recorders)|
|Oboe Group||For young oboists|
|Flute Choirs||For all flautists. Senior Flute Choir is for more advanced players|
|Year 4 Guitar Ensemble||For Year 4 guitarists, giving them an introduction to ensemble playing|
|Guitar Ensembles||More advanced pupils develop their playing and ensemble skills|
|Percussion Ensemble||For Top Form pupils playing a variety of tuned percussion, drum kit and timpani|
|Hit Squad||For untuned percussionists. Pupils work on the complexities of combined 'samba-like' rhythms and take an active part in composing and arranging|
|Recorder Groups||Groups in Year 3 to Top Form, including descant, treble and tenor recorders|
|String Ensemble||For violins, cellos and basses, from almost Grade 1 to advanced standard|
|Chamber Strings||Violins, cellos and basses, Grade 4 and above|
|Saxophone Ensemble||A small ensemble playing fun pieces and learning how to improvise|
|Mini Bass Ensemble||For all mini bass players from Initial Grade and above|
|Melodica Club||For pupils in Years 5 to Top Form, introducing basic keyboard and wind skills|
|Rock Groups||Years 5 to Top Form including electric guitars, drummers and singers and playing a wide range of rock styles|
|Ukulele Group||For Year 3 to Top Form pupils to come along and have fun playing the ukulele and learning some chords|
|Smaller Chamber Groups||For all instrumental combinations - duets, trios and quartets, arranged depending on the need and pupils’ standard|
Just a note to say how much we enjoyed the Choirs Concert last Friday evening. It was amazing to see the breadth of talent from the Year 2 Choir right up to the Senior Choirs. It was lovely to see how much all the children were enjoying themselves and how expressive (and talented) they were with their singing. Thanks to the music teachers for all their hard work in preparing the choirs for the event. It was a fantastic performance. Current parent