upperprep music drama banner2


Music and Drama are a key part of life at Terrington Hall.

The music department is housed in a converted chapel near the school playing fields with magnificent views of the surrounding countryside. With the aim of developing our pupils into discerning listeners, we offer many opportunities for them to learn and participate in all areas of music-making.

Class music is taught under the Performing Arts programme. The syllabus ranges over music notation, dynamics, pitch, timbre and rhythm, as well as improvisation and composition. It develops an appreciation of orchestral instruments, delivering hands-on percussion sessions in pitched and non-pitched instruments.

music drama photo4Instrumental lessons are offered in piano, singing, flute, clarinet, saxophone, oboe, violin, cello, guitar (classical and electric), percussion, trumpet, cornet, euphonium, horn, trombone and bagpipes. All teachers are well-qualified and enter pupils for Associated Board Exams where appropriate.

Alongside our Concert Band we have several ensembles including senior and junior choirs, woodwind and brass groups, and a rock band. Students perform regularly in school concerts and the choir and band perform at church services, for school events and within the local community.

There are many other opportunities for our pupils to perform as soloists, whether in the inter-house instrumental competition, in Prep-School assemblies, or informally in music recitals held in The Study.

music drama photo8Drama is both specialist taught and musically explored, giving the children an innovative and exhilarating experience of stage performance and musical theatre. The programme is hugely popular and, together with a wealth of opportunities for all pupils to perform on stage, is designed to foster pupils’ performance confidence, with all the benefits in self-assurance and enhanced self-esteem that this brings.

Drama is also taught privately in school. Not only nurturing acting skills, these lessons also improve diction, projection, communication and public speaking. Speech and drama pupils are prepared for individual acting exams in which they have achieved a 100% pass rate, the majority at merit and distinction.

Throughout their time with us, our pupils have plenty of opportunities to perform in front of their peers and families. All Upper Prep pupils (Years 6-8) take part in two major stage productions each year, a play and a musical. Recent large-scale musicals have included The Sound of Music, Grease and Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat. Recent plays have included Dickens's A Christmas Carol and abridgements of Shakespeare's A Midsummer Night's Dream, The Tempest, Macbeth and Romeo and Juliet.