Every child at Twyford has the opportunity to experience, understand, create and enjoy music. The Music Department is extremely well resourced with ten teaching rooms and a large rehearsal studio. We also have a beautiful mid-Victorian chapel and two-manual pipe organ. Every pupil from Nursery to Year 8 has a weekly class music lesson and a weekly singing practice; 80% of pupils also choose to have individual lessons on instruments and/or singing. Approximately 300 individual music lessons are timetabled each week! There are usually one or two children each year that achieve grade 7 or 8 on their instruments. These children are often awarded scholarships and exhibitions at their chosen Senior Schools.
We have a full Symphony Orchestra for children in Years 3 to 8, Junior Choir, Senior Choir, Wind Band, Jazz Band and flexible opportunities for chamber music. We have a long-standing arrangement to train pupils to sing in operas at the Grange. Twyford children have performed in Tosca, Queen of Spades, La Boheme and Oliver! The Senior Choir recently toured the Champagne region of France and we are exploring tour ideas with various contacts in the USA.
In recent years we have recorded songs from WW1 and we have recorded the Christmas Carols that we commissioned in 2016.
We were nominated for ‘Best Music Department’ at the Music Education Expo 2015.