Farlington is "alive with the sound of Music" and pupils enjoying themselves - 140 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.
This is a practical subject where the best way to learn is by "doing". Music is taught to all pupils from the Nursery through to Year 9, with GCSE and A level. Music available for those who wish to specialise. Music students go on to the conservatoire or university of their choice to study Music.
The Music department has two specialist rooms, a large room for practical sessions and our own computer suite which runs specialist Music software suitable for Pre-Prep to Sixth Form, including all of Sibelius Groovy Software, (Shapes, Jungle and City) Dance e-jay, Cubase and Sibelius.
Regardless what instrument you play or what level or age that you are, Farlington has an instrument ensemble for you! We have three Orchestras -Training Orchestra; (beginner), String Orchestra (intermediate/advanced) and Concert Orchestra; (advanced). The school has three recorder ensembles: Recorder Club (Beginners), Strood Players (Intermediate) and Strood Consort (Advanced). There is also a Samba Band (percussion for all standards), Razzamajazz (our school Jazz Band), Clarinet Quartet (advanced), Flute Choir, FL.UKES (Farlington ukuleles), Guitar Ensemble and Rock Band.
We have 6 choirs at Farlington: Singing Club is for the pre-preps who sing, play games, do action songs and most importantly have fun!Junior Choir for Years 3 to 6; Glee for Years 7 to 9 is a show choir where we sing and dance to pop and show tunes; Skatz is a three-part contemporary pupil choir for Years 9 to 13, Aristoskatz is an elite chamber choir for more advanced pupils and Farlingtonic is a 4-part mixed choir specifically for staff, parents and friends of the school.
Finally, to support Music learning we have Theory (advanced and beginner) and Aural Sessions.
All these groups work towards musical events which include a concert each term, informal "Music Makers" concerts twice a term, major School events and charity concerts in the community. We feel it is important that every pupil, regardless of age or standard, should be given an opportunity to perform in public; it is such a great confidence builder!
Pupils regularly enter local competitions and festivals. They will also have opportunities to work with professional musicians and visiting artists in workshops. Music features prominently in the School Productions - one specifically for girls in Years 7 to 9, to give our younger pupils an opportunity to take leading roles, and one open to the whole Senior School. Productions are staged onsite with several performances to allow as large an audience as possible.
In June 2012 Farlington staged a fantastic Musical Marathon with non-stop music from 8.00am to 8.00pm. Girls throughout the whole school were involved in the wide programme of musical events which included Cappuccino with Chopin to start the day, a Musical Teddy Bears' Picnic, a Promenade Concert - Around the World in 80 Minutes, and culminating with the Magnificent, Melllifluous Music Hall.
“I’m looking forward to taking part in new music clubs and performing in concerts.” (Year 6)
“I think the music clubs like glee and orchestra are fab and I really enjoy them.” (Year 7)