Music plays an enormous part in the life of West Buckland School. There is something for everyone, ranging from the gifted musicians who aim to make music their careers right down to the enthusiastic beginners who are enjoying the fun of singing and playing, and sharing music with others.
At West Buckland we believe that music-making should be a social activity, and that whilst individual practice is vital, there is also a lot of progress to be made through making music with others. It is for this reason that pupils are strongly encouraged to participate in our comprehensive ensemble programme.
(Year 10 and above with approximately 120 members) The choir performs up to nine church services a year and have a mainly sacred repertoire, although in 2007 they performed Purcell's opera 'Dido and Aeneas'. The Chamber Choir always concludes its year with a large scale choral work accompanied by a professional orchestra.
(Year 10 and above with approximately 25 members) The orchestra performs original works from the 18th Century (Bach, Mozart and Haydn) as well as some more modern works.
Senior Concert Band
(Year 10 and above with approximately 45 members) The band performs arrangements of popular classical works, as well as marches and jazz influenced pieces.
WBJ (West Buckland Jazz)
(Year 10 and above with approximately 20+ members) The band performs a repertoire of jazz standards from the swing era.
(Year 10 and above) Senior string players at Grade 7 and above.
North Devon Sinfonia
(Approximately 50 to 70 members) This is a local full-scale symphony orchestra which is directed by Director of Music Emma Kent. It performs four concerts a year and specialises in Romantic and 20th Century repertoire. String players who are Grade 7 and above and wind and brass players who are Grade 8 and above may join, subject to audition. This ensemble ensures that our more talented players are stretched to their full ability and given the opportunity to perform in a full-scale symphony orchestra on a regular basis.
Junior Boys’ Choir
(Years 7 to 9 with approximately 20 members) This three-part harmony choir (SSA) performs mainly popular song arrangements.
Junior Girls’ Choir
(Years 7 to 9 with approximately 35 members) This three-part harmony choir (SSA) performs popular and classical repertoire.
Junior Concert Band
(Years 7 to 9 with approximately 20+ members) This wind band performs a mixture of popular and jazz influenced pieces.
Junior String Orchestra
(Years 7 to 9 with approximately 20 to 30 members) A full string orchestra, including violas and double basses, performs a selection of popular arrangements of well known tunes.
(Years 7 to 9 with approximately 20 members) This percussion group plays grooves from Brazil using authentic samba instruments.
(Years 7 to 13) A group designed to give ensemble practise to guitarists. Usually rock based repertoire.
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