The music department aims to encourage all pupils to develop their creativity and improve confidence and self-esteem through performance, composition and listening.
We aim for our accomplished choir to continue its relationship with the renowned Hertfordshire Chorus with whom we have performed a world premiere at the Barbican Centre in London.
Year 8 enjoying an African drumming day as part of our Enrichment Week during the summer:
All student in Years 7 to 9 study music weekly. They investigate a wide range of music, learning to perform and compose in a variety of styles. The students are taught to compose at the computer using ” Sibelius” and practically by using traditional instruments including their voices. There is the opportunity to have vocal and instrumental lessons during the school day. These are provided by Hertfordshire Music Service.
Students are also encouraged to attend enrichment activities that occur after school.
Topics covered will include:
Ethnomusicology including Samba, music from Africa, China and India.
Musical Form including ternary, minimalism and Blues.
All years learn notation and rhythm.
Assessment: Practical evaluation at the end of each unit using teacher and peer assessment.
There is the opportunity to have vocal and instrumental lessons during the school day. These are provided by Hertfordshire Music Service.
We follow the Eduqas GCSE syllabus, an engaging and attractive course building on core knowledge and key concepts. Unit 1: Performance consisting of solos and ensembles. Unit 2: Composition – One free composition and one set to a brief set by the board. Unit 3: Listening & appraising examination based on Musical Forms and devices, Ensemble, Film and Popular Music.
A level is offered through the Welwyn Hatfield Consortium.
Bishop’s choir has sung this song in a number of prestigious concerts and recorded it to be sung at a special funeral:
We run a number of enrichment activities throughout the year including two choirs, two bands and a number of ensembles. They rehearse after school, usually once a week and perform regularly in concerts, house music competitions and at professional venues.
Our prestigious choir has members across all year groups from Year 7 to Year 13 and has become extremely popular. It has a varied repertoire and performs annually at the Willow Foundation’s Christmas concert at St Albans Cathedral. The choir performed at the Barbican Hall and Saffron Hall with Hertfordshire Chorus. Lady Salisbury regularly invites us to Hatfield House to provide entertainment at her charity coffee mornings and we also participate in a late night Christmas event held in the stableyard.
Our annual carol service is held at St Etheldreda’s church in Old Hatfield where every Year 7 form and Choir participate.
As part of Enrichment week, musicians come in to teach African drumming.
We always provide support to Year 11 in the way of revision classes
Instrumental Music Tuition
The school offers instrumental music tuition through Hertfordshire Music Service for which there is a charge to parents. Fees are payable via Wisepay. If your daughter already plays an instrument you may like her to continue or it is possible for girls who have not played before to start learning.
Tuition is currently available in the following instruments, but other instruments may be catered for, subject to numbers:
Students do learn other instruments but their lessons take place out of school.
33 lessons are guaranteed each year. All lessons take place during school hours and are timetabled on a rota so that, where possible, the same subject is not missed every week.
All pupils are expected to own their own instruments and bring them in for their lessons with the exception of a drum kit and piano. Pupils receiving drum and piano lessons may practise at school.