Music at English Martyrs School
We understand that engagement in the Arts helps students to acquire the specific skills related to our specialist disciplines, to learn perseverance and to develop self-confidence.
We recognise that the Arts make a particular contribution to the prayer life of the school through liturgy, especially the Mass. We seek to foster and nurture talents which may be used for the service of the wider community in the public worship of the church and to develop understanding of the spirituality of artistic creative endeavour.
KS3 - All students at KS3 study music for an hour a week. Click on the drop down 'Curriculum' tab to explore the units we study in KS3
At English Martyrs' we are proud of our many music ensembles and the standard of all of the many events they perform at throughout the year.
Senior Orchestra - This ensemble, made mostly of students grade 4+ have recently performed repertoire including Vivaldi, Strauss, Bizaet and Borodin, alongside lighter repertoire depending on the concert. They have recently performed at Birmingham Conservartoire in the Music for Youth Festival.
Schola Cantorum - This liturgical choir has recently performed in the Requiem Mass for King Richard 3rd, in Handel's Messiah as part of our Schools Golden Jubilee Celebrations and at the Royal Albert Hall as part of the World War 1 Centenary Chorus. Repertoire includes Gibbons, Bach, Mozart and plainchant.
Junior Orchestra - The Junior Orchestra is open to all students who have reached grade 1. Throughout the year they perform in their own concerts, including taking the lead in the KS3 concert, and also team up with the Senior Orchestra for massed concerts.
Young Voices - The Young Voices choir gets its name from the Young Voices arena tour that they sing at each year. In school concerts they have performed items from the musicals Matilda, Lion King and Joseph and his Amazing Technicolour Dreamcoat. They have represented the school in all of our in school masses and at St Patrick's Day celebrations at St Patrick's Church.
Steel Pans - Led by Leicester's leading Steel Pan director Pat Munroe, this ensemble is always in demand performing at nearly all school events throughout the year.
At English Martyrs' all students have the opportunity to learn a musical instrument. Further information can be found here.
Mr W Carter - Director of Music, Junior and Senior Orchestra Director
Mr N Simeone - Teacher of Music
Mrs R Handley - Teacher of Music, Young Voices Director
Mr M Carney - Teacher of Music, Schola Cantorum Director
Miss J Conquest - Teacher of Flute
Mrs C Taylor – Teacher of Woodwind
Miss R Summerfield - Teacher of Organ
Mrs K Silverwood – Teacher of Violin
Mr A Holford – Teacher of Brass
Mr I Maw – Teacher of Keyboard
Mr C White – Teacher of Piano
Mr M Grimm – Teacher of Guitar
Mr D Hartland - Teacher of Percussion
Mr R Haylett - Teacher of Singing
Mrs P Munroe - Teacher of Steel Pans
Mrs C Turner - Teacher of Ukulele
Miss R Wong - Teacher of Bassoon
Miss S Griffiths - Teacher of Oboe