Music and Performance

Here at Shocklach School, we pride ourselves on the quality and diversity of opportunities our pupils get to perform, whether it’s singing, as a soloist or in a choir, performing in the Christmas play, reciting poetry from memory, or playing a musical instrument.

A local company, Music for Life, provides us with peripatetic music teachers, and many of our children have weekly music lessons in piano, guitar or violin - meaning more than half of our pupils play a musical instrument! A large number go on to take musical examinations in their instrument, and we have children successful in passing exams up to and including Grade 5.

We also subscribe to the ‘Wider Opportunities’ initiative, so every Year 5 and 6 pupil plays either the cello or the violin in our string orchestra, receiving two years of tuition. As this is currently subsidised by school, there is no cost to the parents. Our string orchestra is lucky enough to visit the Bridgewater Hall in Manchester ever year to play with the Hallé Orchestra!

We enjoy regular music and performance evenings, both for our school alone and also in conjunction with other schools in the local community, so that our children have regular opportunities to perform in public, helping to build the self-confidence they will need to take them all the way through primary school and beyond.