Kensington Prep School has a thriving music department with ninety-seven percent of pupils learning a musical instrument from one of a team of eighteen visiting music teachers. We have three choirs, four orchestras and several chamber ensembles and our main orchestra has over 115 players.
There are presently 267 music lessons taking place each week. Last year over 140 girls took ABRSM Music Examinations. The levels being achieved range from Grade One through to Grade 8.
The Year Six girls regularly obtain music scholarships to secondary schools including Godolphin and Latymer, Francis Holland, Putney High, Wycombe Abbey and City of London.
We have been awarded the status ‘Trinity Champion Centre’ by the world renown music examinations body in recognition of our music education, musicianship training and performance opportunities.
Our annual Summer Concert takes place at Cadogan Hall in June and includes performances from all girls from years one through to six, Senior Choir and Orchestra, the Recorder Clubs, Key Stage One Orchestra and Strings Club. Take a listen.
Regular performances take place throughout the school year, including the Annual Carol Service, Spring and Summer Concerts, Carol Singing at Peter Jones, and Choir performances at St. John’s Smith Square. In recent years the Senior Choir and Orchestra have travelled overseas, giving performances in Belgium, Germany, Holland, Italy and Hungary.
All instruments are available for girls to learn from Year Two onwards. These include:
Violin, Viola, Cello, Double Bass, Harp, Guitar, Drum kit, Recorder, Flute, Oboe, Clarinet, Bassoon, Saxophone,Trumpet, French Horn, Cornet, Trombone Piano, Singing, Music Theory.
As well as having two classroom music lessons each week, girls are able to join many clubs, choirs and ensembles. These groups take place each week at the following times:
8:00am Chamber Choir
10:35am Recorder Ensemble
1:00pm Junior Choir (Year 3 and 4)
3:00pm Beginner Strings Club (year 1 and 2)
8:00am Wind Band
10:35 String Orchestra
1:00pm Key Stage One Orchestra (Year 1 and 2)
8:00am Theory Club
8:00am Grade Five Theory Class
12:30 Senior Choir (Year 5 and 6)
8:00am Chamber Ensemble
12:30 Year One Beginner Recorder Club
10:35am Brass Ensemble
1:00pm Year Two Beginner Recorder Club
8:00am Chamber Orchestra
12:30 School Orchestra (years 3- 6)