Farlington is "alive with the sound of Music" and pupils enjoying themselves - nearly 200 instrumental lessons are taught each week. We strongly believe that all pupils should have fun, express themselves creatively and learn about the fascinating world of Music. The Music department has two specialist rooms, Music Room 1 houses our own computer suite which runs specilaist Music software such as Sibelius, Cubase, Musiton and Dance e-jay. Music Room 2 is a large practical space, with attached courtyard, housing a wide range of tuned and untuned percussion instruments.
This is a practical subject where the best way to learn is by "doing". Each pupil receives at least one lesson of music per week. It is taught to all pupils in the Senior School with GCSE Music being a popular choice. In Years 7 -9, the Music Department consolidates previous learning and pupils continue developing their performing, improvising, composing, listening and appraising skills. The gilrs study a diverse range of topics which develops their understanding of Music and its relationship to time, place and culture. For more details please click on the relevant curriculum summary.
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Whatever instrument you play, and whatever standard you have reached, Farlington has an instrumental ensemble for you! We have two orchestras: Training Orchestra for the lower grades, and Concert Orchestra for intermediate and advanced players. There are three string groups ranging from beginners to the more advanced Telemann Ensemble; and three recorder ensembles, again ranging from beginners to the advanced Strood Consort. The Flute Choir, FL.UKES (Farlington Ukuleles) and the Guitar Ensemble have regular performance slots, as do the popular and dynamic Jazz group - Razamajazz - and the Rock Band, which is often augmented with members of Staff!
Farlington has four senior choirs, all of which are in great demand for performances both in and out of school. Years 7 and 8 enjoy GLEE CLUB, run by sixth form students, where the girls sing and dance to popular numbers. SKATZ! – for years 9 – 13 - is a three-part choir with a stylish, contemporary vibe, singing mainly ballads and show-songs; whilst Aristoskatz is an elite chamber choir singing a range from close-harmony barbershop arrangements to sacred anthems. The fourth choir, Farlingtonic, is a choir for staff, Old Girls, parents, and friends of the school, and the choirs frequently link up for performances.
Events and Opportunities to Perform
Farlington’s musical diary is crammed with events. Each term there are both formal concerts and informal “Open Platform” gatherings; the GCSE and A-level girls are show-cased with a Spring Soiree, and recent Senior Musical Productions include “Guys and Dolls” and “Fiddler on the Roof”. The Carol Service brings all the choirs together in our wonderful Parish Church, and every term we give fund-raising concerts in local venues, often involving the wider community. Every few years we put on a Musical Marathon: twelve hours of musical events and concerts involving the whole school.
Master - Classes and Examinations
Farlington is a centre for Trinity College of Music Examinations, and we run twice-yearly sessions. The girls have opportunities to take part in master-classes, and to perform with professional musicians.