Music is a very important part of Prep School life, and pupils are encouraged to take part in the numerous musical activities on offer. All children are given the opportunity to perform in public, whether in assemblies, small informal concerts, or the larger musical concerts that are held throughout the year and showcase the amazing wealth of talent in the Prep School. We are proud of both Malvern Hall and our SMArt Centre, which features a ‘state of the art’ auditorium. Our pupils benefit enormously from performing in these venues and from the expertise of the many specialist visiting music teachers. Our Prep School Head of Music teaches all age groups across the school and also coordinates the music for our nativity plays and drama productions.
The Prep School has a wind band, string orchestra, choirs and numerous chamber ensembles including recorder, wind, brass and string groups. More than two thirds of our pupils learn one musical instrument or more and large numbers are successful in external music examinations. Pupils regularly audition for places in high-calibre national groups such as the National Children’s Orchestra and are also successful in being awarded scholarships and music awards in our 11+ examination. We also host the ‘Solihull Sings!’ project, an initiative to encourage participation in singing with other schools across Solihull. Some Prep School pupils, who show talent and commitment to singing, are successful in auditioning for places in the girls’ and boys’ sections of the prestigious Chapel Choir and participate throughout the year in services.