At Radnor House Sevenoaks we encourage all pupils to participate in music activities, whether they study an instrument or not.
In Year 7 all pupils belong to the Young Voices Choir and prepare to take part in various events throughout the year including the Carol Service and, recently, an opportunity to sing on the Performing Arts Stage at Euro Disney in the summer term. In addition all year 7 pupils have group instrumental lessons and learn to read notation.
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 are also encouraged to participate in the school Concert Band, Choir (which undertakes regular overseas tours) and a variety of other groups such as string ensemble and flute group.
Music lessons take place in our new Performing Arts Centre where pupils in Years 7-9 receive one classroom lesson each week in Music and are given the opportunity to learn African drums and the ukulele as well as singing, keyboard skills, learning to read and write music, compose and explore the music of differing cultures and genres.
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 (currently Edexcel) 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. firstname.lastname@example.org
Music Department Staff:
Director of Music Dr Helen Isom
- Helen Greenfield – Clarinet/Saxophone/recorder
- Paul Isom - Piano
- Chris Valentine – Brass/drums
- Lucy Jones - Violin/Viola
- Steve Hennings - Guitar
- Rachel Stewart – Flute/piano
- Joy Williams - Piano
- Matt Wilson - Drums
- Joanne Hanson - Singing
- Kate Eckersley – Singing
- Leonid Kovrigovich - Cello