Music is alive at St Clement Danes!
We are passionate about music. Our children’s lives are culturally deepened and enriched by our extensive use of the school’s magical and unique setting in the heart of Covent Garden.
Music brings our curriculum to life, is part of our DNA and is threaded through the life of the school. Our specialist music teacher enables our children to foster an appreciation, understanding and enjoyment of a wide range of musical genre. The children are immersed in the knowledge and skills to develop as confident composers and performers of vocal, percussion and instrumental music. Our children perform on the stage of the Royal Opera House annually as well as Covent Garden Piazza, The Royal Festival Hall, The Royal Albert Hall, The Peacock Theatre and many other celebrated venues.
Every child at our school learns to play a musical instrument. Following on from a successful two years of string orchestra tuition, pupils have the opportunity to learn string instruments incuding violin, viola, cello and double base in small groups.
The School provides extra musical activities at after school clubs, including performances with the school choir and our own orchestra. Peripatetic teachers in guitar, piano, flute, clarinet, saxophone, drums and violin provide weekly lessons. Pupils are encouraged to take graded examinations and we are proud to celebrate our 100% pass rate!
The school has nurtured partnerships with a range of musical talent, including The Young Singers, an exciting youth choir that made its debut in a prestigious concert at the Royal Festival Hall. The Young Singers took part in Berlioz’s Te Deum as well as the world premiere of Jonathan Dove’s Psalms for Leo.
“I never thought I‘d be able to perform at The Royal Festival Hall as a singer on the stage with The Bach Choir and now I’ve done it! It made me feel more confident in my singing because before I was shy.” Yussra Year 6