Music is a universal language that embodies one of the highest forms of creativity. A high-quality music education should engage and inspire pupils to develop a love of music and their talent as musicians, and so increase their self-confidence, creativity and sense of achievement. As pupils progress, they should develop a critical engagement with music, allowing them to compose, and to listen with discrimination to the best in the musical canon. – National Curriculum 2014
Every child receives a weekly music lesson with their class teacher using a specialised scheme. These lessons focus on the aims of the National Curriculum, whilst also linking with topics the children are learning in their other lessons or focussing specifically on learning an instrument such as the recorder or percussion instruments. Many children participate in our school choirs and perform both in and out of school. We share our love of music as a whole school in daily collective worship, special performances such as Black History Month, Christmas and Easter.
We intend that all pupils have opportunities within the music curriculum that will not only develop their knowledge and skills within the subject but enable them to unlock their innate creativity, in particular singing. We recognise the benefits that choral singing has:
- improving mood and focus’ attention
- improving social skills and a feeling of togetherness
- exercises your brain and also benefits your breathing, posture and relaxes muscles
Singing at Holy Trinity is part of our daily life. Since September 2021 we have been lucky enough to have teamed up with the Rodolfus Foundation https://www.therodolfusfoundation.org.uk/choral-academy-hackney to provide our pupils with weekly choral singing lessons with a specialist teacher. The change in school has been dramatic in terms of how singing lessons are participated in and the enjoyment that we are all taking from the lessons, we look forward to exploring new opportunities together in the future. Themes within the subject are linked to other curriculum areas where possible.
The Rodolfus Foundation run residential choral singing courses for children and young people aged 8-21 and also a youth choir, The Rodolfus Choir, for ages 16-23, some of whom will be joining us for this concert. As part of the Foundation’s Education and Access programme, they offer generous bursaries to attend choral courses and also run similar partnerships with other schools and community choirs. There is more information on their website www.therodolfusfoundation.org.uk
We are generously supported by The Thistle Trust, the West Hackney Parochial Trust, the Lyon Family Trust, the Charles S French Charitable Trust, and the Armourers and Brasiers Gauntlet Trust.