Music is a recognised strength of the school. We have a strong musical tradition and a high percentage of our children take up an instrument during their junior years. A broad curriculum is offered including singing, instrumental work and musical appreciation.
At present violin, cello, piano, trumpet, trombone and woodwind lessons are available to interested children in the juniors but younger children may take the opportunity to learn the recorder.
The choir and orchestra take a leading part in the Rickmansworth and District Primary Schools Music Festival in the spring term.
Russell School Extra-Curricular Musical Opportunities
If you would like to get involved with music at the Russell School we would love to hear from you either as a musical parent to help run our activities or a child to join our groups. Contact us at email@example.com. Here is a small selection of the many exciting activities we currently run at school. All these groups perform in a variety of events through the year.
Brass Band (incl. Sax) for KS2 on a Thursday evening, run by Christine. Our band has performed at Chorleywood Village Night, Remembrance Day Parade, the School Fair and various concerts. All brass instruments and sax players are welcome – trumpet players please can you have C through to C mastered first!
Choir: Children from KS2 on Thursday lunchtimes rehearse with Mrs Preston. The school choir have taken part in some fantastic concerts in recent years including performing in front of thousands at the O2 and Wembley Arena not to mention Christmas carols at the School Fair, Chorleywood Village Night and The Beaumont Care Home.
Drums: Our newly formed drumming and percussion group for KS2 run by Christine. This is a great chance for children to experience rhythms, reading music, and bashing out some serious beats! No previous experience necessary.
Mini Maestros – Year One children have an opportunity to try out a simple introduction to music run by Christine. They will explore musical basics the easy way by playing games, and the course includes an introduction to percussion, singing, brass, woodwind and piano through the year. A great way to see if the kids are interested with minimal commitment.
Orchestra: KS2 children who are Grade One and above, this group is run by Hertfordshire Music Service. All orchestral instruments welcome.
Recorder: Small groups of Year Two children and above learning how to play the recorder and basic music theory. These groups are run by Alison, Lisa and Christine.
Small Group Singers – A small group of KS2 children singing with Chris Weaver whilst learning and developing proper techniques. This term they have been singing songs from the well known musicals like Les Miserables and Oliver.
Trumpet Club – Learning the trumpet and music theory in a small relaxed group run by Christine, currently for Year Two but new groups can easily be formed on demand.
Violin Club – Learning the violin in a small relaxed group run by Jen open to all ages. Jen includes musical games to make sure there is some fun whilst developing the basics.
Wind Band – KS2 children who play the clarinet, flute and advanced recorder on a Tuesday lunchtime. This is a fun wind group for woodwind players with a minimum of 5 notes and recorder players who have been playing for a minimum of 18 months run by Christine and Ali.