Music is an essential part of the Moor Park curriculum and is experienced both inside and outside the classroom.
Individual instrumental lessons, tailored to the age of the child and taught by a team of highly experienced specialists, are available in the following instruments:
Among the instrumental groups we have a Wind Group, Flute Choir and Brass Ensemble, Junior Strings and Orchestra.
Moor Park boasts an excellent Chapel Choir, which is in demand for BBC local radio broadcasts, weddings and services and regularly gives concerts raising money for charities. The Concert Choir is open to all children of all abilities in Years Four and above. This is in place to give everybody a performing experience. Our younger children have a Year One and Two choir and a years Three and Four choir.
There are many opportunities for performance at Moor Park. Every Thursday we have a Chapel performance and there are informal concerts every half term, as well as an external concert during the Summer term. The annual House Music Competition takes place in the Summer term and is enjoyed by all.
We excel in Music Examinations, in both Trinity Guildhall and the Associated Board. These exams take place termly.
In the past, pupils have won music Scholarships and Exhibitions to schools such as Shrewsbury, Radley, Stowe, and Malvern College.
All children have the opportunity to perform on stage on a regular basis as we believe that this breeds confidence. Every Year Group has its own annual production and all children are encouraged to be involved. These are important events in the school calendar and our Henderson Hall with lighting rig and flexible staging is often full: children may also be involved with back stage work, including lighting and sound. Individual Speech and Drama lessons are offered and many of the children go on to achieve the higher grades although many take these lessons to improve public speaking skills or simply because they are fun. Class assemblies, reading match reports in assembly and other performance opportunities build confidence and encourage talent at every level.
Moor Park is committed to provide pupils with the opportunity to achieve their full potential. While learning and developing a whole range of techniques, pupils develop their personality, interact with their peers, enjoy new skills and most of all have fun, in a lively and creative environment. In this way, pupils gain a confidence and self belief, which will carry and support them throughout their lives.
Benefits of Speech and Drama
Around one hundred children enjoy private lessons at Moor Park. All lessons take place in the vibrant dedicated Speech and Drama classroom which is fitted with a mini stage and professional stage lights. Children are encouraged to bring in used theatre tickets and programmes to add to the classroom displays. They relate their weekly news, recite poetry and prose, study the history of Theatre, take part in vocal exercises, improvisation work and word games. As they progress, pupils are encouraged to write their own play and direct it in the classroom. Each year there is the option to take part in the Hereford Performing Arts Festival and formal examinations which are moderated by the New Era Academy of Speech and Drama and accredited by OFQUAL and the Office of Qualifications and Examinations Regulations. We currently enjoy a 100% pass rate in these examinations.
Past pupils have won Drama Scholarships and Exhibitions to schools such as Shrewsbury, Stowe, Radley & Christ College Brecon.
Beverley Jenkins and Deborah Bertulis