The Music Department is an active and vibrant part of the community, both within and outside the curriculum. We aim to provide a stimulating and creative approach to music-making by covering a wide range of musical styles and traditions, as well as giving students the opportunity to discover, explore and develop their own musical skills and abilities.
We have a range of extracurricular activities including Chamber Choir, Whole School Choir, Music Tech club and Orchestra that encourage students with a variety of musical interests to take part. The choir is run by Helena Debono from the Richmond Music Trust who is our fantastic vocal coach and gives gifted vocalists a chance to develop their skills. We also offer Rock and Roll Recruits, run by an external provider specialising in building students’ confidence performing contemporary music as an ensemble. In addition to the curriculum, we have run regular trips, activities, workshops and performances that all students can participate in.
Ms B Wardlaw - Subject Leader
- The music department at RPA prides itself on the plethora of trips and workshops. In the last five academic years (September 2015 to January 2020), these are an example of some of the opportunities open to students at our school:
- Year 7 trip to see ‘Charlie and the Chocolate Factory’ in the West End
- Year 7 trip to see ‘The Light Princess’ at the National Theatre
- Year 8 trip to see ‘Matilda’ in the West End
- Year 9 trip to see ‘Memphis’ in the West End
- Year 9 trip to see ‘Phantom of the Opera’ in the West End
- Year 10 GCSE Music students attend the St Paul’s School Springboard Composition Course to help with their GCSE composition skills annually. This is run by the Royal Academy of Music
- Year 10 and 11 BTEC music attend trips to Heatham House studio annually to record work professionally for the vocational course
- Year 11 GCSE trip to see Mathew Bourne’s Swan Lake at the New Wimbledon Theatre
- Key Stage 4 trips to Sadler’s Wells to see ‘Blayze’, Matthew Bourne’s Edward Scissorhands’, Matthew Bourne’s ‘Lord of the Flies’ and ‘Cirque Eloise’
- Year 9 and 10 trip to see ‘Miss Saigon’ in the West End
- Year 7-12 trip to see Matthew Bourne's 'The Red Shoes' at Sadler's Wells
- Year 7 trip to see 'Aladdin' at the Prince Edward Theatre
- Year 9 trip to see 'Addam's Family' at the New Wimbledon Theatre
- Key Stage 4 trip to see 'Dreamgirls' at the Savoy Theatre
- Key Stage 5 trip to see 'The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Nighttime' at the Gielgud Theatre
- Key Stage 4 trip to see 'Wicked' at the Apollo Victoria Theatre
- Instrumental and vocal tuition in school (see information below with link to Richmond Music Trust).
- African drumming workshops for Key Stage 3 in October.
- Rap and vocal workshops led by professionals to support Key Stage 4 pupils studying music.
- Winter Concert: Performances in the annual Winter Concert in December involved all the musicians and vocal talent. Last year 1/4 of the school performed in the concert which was held in our new hall
- School musical: ‘Annie’ was performed in Summer 2019.
- Art’s Award Concert: Year 9s perform as one of the requirements of the Arts Bronze/Silver Award (more information below)
- Key Stage 4 Music Showcase: Year 10 and 11 GCSE and BTEC students perform as one of the requirements for both courses.
- Dance Showcase: An opportunity for dancers in the school to showcase their talent.
- Performing Arts Review: two performances organised by the sixth form for their BTEC course.
- Instrumental Recital: An opportunity for musicians (especially pianists) to showcase their work.
- Live @ The Rose vocal performance with the Richmond Music Trust. Our choir performs alongside others from the Borough at The Rose Theatre in Kingston. Many of our students have been awarded solo roles in this fantastic summer opportunity
- Richmond Prom orchestral performance with the Richmond Music Trust. Our orchestra performs a concert alongside other instrumental ensembles from the Borough.
We believe that through the arts subjects such as music we can shape our understanding of how we see ourselves and each other. There is always a challenge, a new perspective or an unlikely response. These are subjects where students can feel safe to explore their unique perceptions.
Rock and Roll Recruits - After School Club
Every Tuesday during the enrichment hour (Ana, I do not know what this time is being referred to as...), pupils will learn from and jam with working professional musicians with years of experience in the international live music scene. Pupils will take any training they have, formal or not, and use it in a band situation. The songs selected will help educate them in reading chord charts, ear training and technical ability. We also aim to help with improvisational skills, confidence building and general musicianship.
Please see Music Department Noticeboard for updates
Applying for Instrumental Tuition
Many students at Richmond Park Academy opt to learn instruments through the Richmond Music Trust who teach at the school on a weekly basis. If you are interested in instrumental lessons (including vocal lessons), please apply via the link below and contact the Subject Leader for Music, Ms Wardlaw, at the email address below:
At RPA, we don’t believe that funding should be a barrier to your learning and where possible we would like to help out. Please do contact the music department if this is an issue.