Christopher Trevor-Roberts was a trained opera singer and believed strongly in the value of music as part of a child’s education.
Music, and especially singing, remains central to the life of the school. A number of children move on to their senior schools with music scholarships. Recent leavers have gained awards at Eton, Westmister, UCS, Highgate and Francis Holland.
Singing is as natural for children as speaking; they just need to be taught how. Children at Trevor-Roberts learn to sing from Octavus with two class singing lessons each week. Children learn to become confident singing alone and as part of a group using a music curriculum is based on the Kodály method.
We have three choirs at Trevor-Roberts. A Junior Choir, open to anyone in Sextus and Quintus, a Senior Choir open to all children in the Senior Department, and a Chamber Choir, a small group of hand-picked singers who embrace more advanced repertoire in 3 or 4 parts.
Everyone is encouraged to be part of a choir. The Senior Choir and Chamber Choir perform regularly both in and outside of school. Every Christmas we sing for the Coram Christmas Celebration at St Andrew’s Holborn, as well as our own school Carol Service.
The Chamber Choir sang a three-part arrangement of Over the Rainbow for Her Majesty The Queen on 5th December 2018.
Regular performance is crucial for developing a child’s confidence from an early age and this confidence supports all aspects of a child’s development.
All children sing in front of their peers regularly in class, in assembly and in end of term productions. Each class puts on a musical twice a year and the vast majority of children have a solo singing role.
Playing in an ensemble is one of the chief pleasures of being an instrumentalist.
We have a number of instrumental ensembles at TR, most of which are open to children of all abilities. These include an orchestra, jazz group, brass consort, brass ensemble, string group, flute group and rock band, as well as the three choirs.
We have a team of visiting instrumental teachers who offer private tuition on a range of orchestral instruments, voice, piano and guitar. These lessons take place throughout the school day, but ensuring that children do not miss academic lessons.
Approximately three quarters of children learn an instrument, either within school or without.