Music is enjoyed and celebrated at Terra Nova, and all of our children are taught Music as part of their curriculum. They are encouraged to take advantage of the professional, individual Music tuition which is available across a broad range of instruments. They also have the opportunity to join one of our four choirs and our orchestra. Individual lessons include piano, singing, theory, harp, violin, cello, double bass, flute, clarinet, oboe, saxophone, guitar, drums, trumpet, trombone, and French horn.
We also enjoy collective and individual success in Music and Drama at the Alderley Edge Festival and some of our pupils have also been selected for The National Youth Choir.
Opportunities to perform
Children relish the opportunity to perform and this is whole-heartedly encouraged at many different levels. Concerts are organised throughout the School year and are a wonderful experience for all the children.
We have four choirs: Reception and Year 1, Year 2 & 3 (Junior Choir), Years 4 – 7 (School Choir), and Chamber Choir. Chamber Choir is Years 5 – 8 and membership is through audition.
We also have several music groups including a School Orchestra, Brass Group, ‘Little Strings’ group, and Samba Group.
Recitals and concerts
Terra Nova holds a monthly music recital at School for solos, duets, and small ensembles, and Pre Prep PP has its own music recital every term. At the end of each term there is a big concert for all the choirs and large ensembles. At Christmas we perform at St. Mary’s Church is Sandbach, Capesthorne Hall and Rode Hall.
We enter the Alderley Edge Music Festival each year and are always placed; Chamber Choir has won its category for the past two years (competing with other local Prep Schools). Chamber Choir also took part in a tour to Rome last February, and sang at St. Paul’s, and will be Scotland this year. The School Choir regularly visit other senior schools to take part in choral days and masterclasses.
Every pupil is involved in Drama, and children have the chance to be on stage at least once every year. Our Head of Drama and Director of Music, along with other staff, combine their skills to lead spectacular productions. We produce fabulous scenery, props, make-up and constumes and are able to stage impressive and lively performances.
The Senior production takes place each winter, and past productions have included ‘Guys and Dolls’, ‘Grease’, ‘Bugsy Malone’, and ‘Little Shop of Horrors’. We are currently rehearsing for ‘Pirates of Penzance’.
The Spring term is when the Middle School production takes place. Past productions have included ‘The Sound of Music’, ‘Murder at the Hotel Crumhorn’, ‘Alice in Wonderland’, and ‘Joseph and Amazing Technicolour Dreamcoat’.
The Junior production takes place in the Summer Term, and past productions have included ‘Cinderella’, ‘Snow White’, ‘Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory’, and ‘The Wizard of Oz’.
Pre Prep also put on its own natvity production at Christmas.
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