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With sixty staff, sixty practice rooms, three organs, state-of-the-art recording and Music Technology facilities, the Music Department can offer an unrivalled range of opportunities to enjoy and inspire. All pupils sing lustily in Chapel, learning whole-school anthems such as Zadok the Priest and the Chorus of the Hebrew Slaves. More than half of all pupils have instrumental lessons and as a full time boarding school, there are musical activities every weekend. The Concert Choir comprises over 300 pupils and has recently performed Mozart’s Coronation Mass and Alexander L’Estrange’s Zimbe! in venues such as St Edmundsbury and Ely Cathedrals. The Chapel Choir and Symphony Orchestra have given concerts in recent years in New York, Singapore, Hong Kong, Paris, and Cologne. A flourishing Wind Band, Jazz and Chamber Music programme provides weekly opportunities for string and wind players.
Mr Williams, Director of Music, and Miss Stevens (Assistant Director of Music) meet all new pupils on the first weekend of the autumn term to explain how, and why, to get involved in ensembles and bands.
Visiting Music Teachers often teach in Conservatoires and come from London, Manchester and Birmingham to offer tuition to Diploma level and beyond. Music Scholars receive Alexander Technique lessons to complement their instrumental studies. Concertos may be performed by leading pupils and by the winner of the prestigious annual Recital Competition. Masterclasses are given by eminent musicians including Stephen Hough, Angela Hewitt, Stephen Cleobury, David Hill and Andrew Kennedy. Music Scholars also have supervised practice times and give high-level performances in the weekly Lunchtime Recital Series. A number of pupils have received Oxbridge Organ or Choral Awards in recent years.
Not at all. The School’s ethos (with its well-known congregational singing) encourages and supports musicians at all levels. Many choral and instrumental groups cater for those at intermediate and beginner levels whilst encouraging pupils to aim for senior ensembles. Pupils take great pride in impressive and collegiate House Concerts. There is universal access to song writing, recording and producing facilities as well as dedicated Rock Rooms. In addition, parents are invited to offer their support at Studio Concerts, Play and Listen Concerts, Composers’ Concerts and the great array of ensemble concerts. There really is something for everyone!
Yes they are and there are three afternoons of games per week. We expect all pupils, in addition to their PE lessons, to take regular exercise, as a healthy body is as important as health in mind.
By no means! There is a full programme of formal and non-competitive games. In the autumn term all first-year boys play hockey, in the spring term they play rugby and in the summer term they play cricket, tennis, or athletics. For the first-year girls, they all play hockey in the autumn term, netball in the spring term and have the option of tennis or athletics in the summer term. Choices, for boys and girls, open up in subsequent years. There are matches at all levels against other schools, as well as inter-House tournaments. There is a wide range of teams, enabling most pupils to represent the School at their own level.
In addition to the 'major' sports, pupils are encouraged to take part, competitively or non-competitively, in a vast range of sports and physical pastimes. The Housemaster, Housemistress and Tutor will encourage them to find their own special niche or skill. The structured sports programme introduces all pupils to, and gives them the opportunity to play some of the following: aerobics, badminton, basketball, cross-country, cycling, dance, fencing, Eton fives, football, golf, lacrosse, rounders, sailing, shooting, squash, swimming, volleyball. After the Fourth Form (first year), pupils who are in the A or B teams of a 'major' sport are expected to continue with that 'major' sport: others are free to choose a different sport.
In pupils' free time there are also the fantastic facilities at the Sports Centre (including a 50-station fitness studio, 25m swimming pool, gymnasium, glass-backed squash courts, an archery corridor and two dance studios) to fully utilise.
The Leonardo Centre is the School's Art, Design and Technology centre. It exists to channel the extra-curricular enthusiasms of pupils of all ages, as well as teach GCSE, AS and A level Art, Design and Technology. Thus all pupils can make use of the Centre in their free time. These facilities are especially valuable over the weekend.
Pupils can get involved with the Theatre as soon as they arrive at the School. There is a Lower School Drama Society which puts on a play every school year and there is also a major school production each autumn and a Speech Day play each summer term. Pupils who enjoy the Theatre but perhaps not being on stage can get involved in the extra-curricular Theatre Technical clubs and also join the Performance Support Teams for each of the school plays. As pupils move through the School there is an opportunity for them to join our Front of House teams and become a Theatre Rep. Every year different Houses put on plays, which also provide an excellent opportunity to get involved. Pupils can can also take the LAMDA speech and drama exams.
Around 40 societies operate within the School, with a further 30 areas of activity on offer.
There are clubs, societies and recreational games covering almost every activity they might want to take part in, such as archery, beekeeping, bridge, canoeing, charity fundraising, chess, Christian Forum, Classics Society, clay-pigeon shooting, climbing, cookery club, dance, debating, the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award, films, fives, fly fishing, golf, gymnastics, History Society, Geographical Society, law, medical, Motor Workshop, orienteering, parachuting, photography, polo, programming, sailing, Science Society, producing the School Magazine, trampolining, waterskiing, windsurfing and woodwork.
In the Fourth Form (first year), new pupils have art and design lessons on a Monday afternoon, with a view to increasing their practical and artistic skills and interests. At the end of the first year all pupils have the option to join one of the sections of the CCF: Royal Navy, Royal Marines, Army and RAF and normally serve for three years. Community Service is offered in the Upper Fifth and Lower Sixth to those who do not wish to continue with the CCF.
Yes you can, it is easy to transfer your eDofE account to Uppingham (especially if you know your eDofE number).
Yes, pupils who progress from Bronze to Silver to Gold ought to be able to complete the full Award during their time at the School. The Award is hard work and requires dedication, perseverance, a fair amount of “get-up-and-go” and a significant amount of individual responsibility.
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