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Music

At Radnor House Sevenoaks we encourage all pupils to participate in music activities, whether they study an instrument or not.

In years 7-9 all pupils take part in class music lessons as part of the Creative and Performing Arts Carousel.  Music lessons take place in our new Performing Arts Centre and as pupils move through KS3 they are given the opportunity gain keyboard skills, to learn to read and write music, to compose and to explore the music of different cultures and genres.

All Year 7 pupils learn a new musical instrument, with tuition and instruments provided by the school, and pupils are taught to read music notation.  Their existing instrumental and singing skills are supported through a wide range of co-curricular activities and performances.  In addition, there is the opportunity to have private lessons on any instrument or singing. Co-curricular classes are offered for those who wish to prepare for ABRSM theory exams and there is considerable take-up for this.

Pupils who do not choose to take music at GCSE and beyond are still encouraged to take part in the school choirs, bands and other ensembles and many continue to take private music lessons alongside their other studies.

In Year 10 pupils are offered the opportunity to take music as a GCSE option, following the Eduqas syllabus. It is usual for several GCSE students each year to continue on to A level music (also Eduqas) and the department has a strong tradition of pupils going on to study music at university and conservatoires.

If you have any queries about the Music Department please contact the Director of Music, Dr Helen Isom, who will be delighted to talk to you. hisom@radnor-sevenoaks.org

Music Department Staff:

Director of Music Dr Helen Isom

Music Teachers

  • Graham Dinnage - Singing
  • Gabi Forsythe - Piano
  • Steve Hennings – Acoustic and Electric Guitar
  • Helen Isom – Oboe/Piano/Theory
  • Paul Isom - Piano
  • Lucy Jones - Violin/Viola/Piano
  • Leonid Kovrigovich - Cello/Piano
  • Martha Rogers - Singing
  • Rachel Stewart - Clarinet/Flute/Saxophone/Piano
  • Chris Valentine - Brass/Drums

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