Music at Stringer
Dorothy Stringer has an extremely strong musical tradition with our pupils having incredible creative drive. Currently, on the classical side of the tracks, our Orchestra holds the fort alongside a separate string ensemble. Recent repertoire has included music from films and musicals such as 'Fiddler on the Roof', 'Harry Potter', 'Star Wars', 'Gabriel's Oboe' and 'The Magnificent Seven', as well as pieces by Haydn, Bizet and Gershwin.
We have a Jazz band and many student-run groups and projects that come together to perform in our annual Spring Concert and other celebrations. The choral element of our music making here is diverse; Vox Pop, a bigger and stronger amalgamation of Vox and Voxette, sing close harmony a capella songs from folk to pop. The Big Choir forms once a year to herald Christmas with everything from renaissance polyphony to contemporary carols. Excellence in performance is matched by excellence in teaching from our classrooms bursting with noisy and colourful equipment, our computer suite, and our four purpose built practice rooms.
We have several concerts each year, as well as collaborations with other departments including the Dance Show and the Children's Parade. Our annual Spring Concert is always a huge success and fizzes with the creative power of the pupils who create it, as well as the staff who do such an excellent job of arranging, organising, conducting and rehearsing. The department also runs an annual trip to Glyndebourne to give students a flavour of the etiquette and excitement of professional opera.
Many of our young musicians play, or go on to play, leading parts in the Brighton Youth Orchestra, whilst a number of our most outstanding players continue their musical studies at the Royal Academy and similar institutions. Our methods of teaching also prepare students for A level study as much as possible, with the new GCSE syllabus narrowing the gap between GCSE and A level. Instrumental tuition is available with specialist teachers by arrangement with the music department/Brighton & Hove Music Arts and Study Support; students are given the opportunity to learn a range of instruments from drum kit to euphonium. Grade 5 theory lessons are also available.
There is a rich variety of extra curricular activities available here: Vox and Big Choir cater for singers of all ages and aptitudes, Jazz Band, Orchestra, String Group and the Brass Group do the same for our instrumentalists and the studios and practice rooms can be booked by anyone after hours, allowing student-run bands and projects to blossom by providing them with space and equipment without disturbing any neighbours!
Instrumental lessons are organised in conjunction with Brighton & Hove Music Arts Study Support. We offer a wide range of instrumental tuition, which takes place during school time. These lessons are on a rotation timetable, so students will not miss the same class lesson each week.
To have a look at which instrument you want to learn, go to the BHMAS YouTube Channel
The instrumental tuition that the service doesn't offer, but is available in school is as follows: