Music Department Policy:
A guide for parents and pupils


Music is a key part of education at St Richard’s. In addition to the timetabled class music, there are three choirs and flourishing extra-curricular activity.  Over 80% of children learn one or more instruments with our team of visiting peripatetic teachers who also run several groups: at the moment we have a flute quartet, wind group, beginner strings, senior string group, piano trio, string quartet, brass group, and orchestra.  All children in Years 2 - 4 have class recorder lessons as part of the curriculum.  There are regular Informal Concerts in the Front Hall, where children play to friends and family. Twice a year there are bigger concerts within a more formal environment.

Taster lessons are provided free of charge for children who wish to choose from the range of instruments provided: piano, violin, viola, cello, clarinet, flute, bassoon, saxophone, cornet, trumpet, French horn, trombone, and drums. Singing is also offered. School instruments are available for hire and practice is timetabled.  St Richard’s also teaches Music Theory in classes from Year 6, with the most able taking Grade 5 in Year 8.

The Chapel Choir, who sings at weekly Mass, is open to anyone from Year 4 upwards, and there are opportunities for choral solos.  A chamber choir is a weekly activity and sings a wide range of repertoire.  A Junior Boys’ Choir is also a popular, regular class.  The Christmas Carol Concert is open to all.

Children are prepared for Associated Board exams, entry to the annual Hereford Festival of Performing Arts, and for scholarships to senior schools; the 2013 successes include a full music scholarship to Uppingham School, a music exhibition (trumpet) to King’s School, Worcester, and a Music Exhibition (violin/viola) to Malvern College.

For current music news and updates please visit the Music News page.