St Margaret’s musical reputation is well-established, both locally and nationally, thanks to its strong tradition of choral singing and instrumental ensembles. Children throughout the school enjoy twice-weekly music and performing arts lessons, enabling them to perform confidently and read music. The curriculum encompasses practical skills on the recorder and percussion, as well as music appreciation, music technology and composition. Progression in singing is assured through our choral programme, which includes Pre-Prep and Prep Choirs for all abilities and auditioned choirs for keen singers. In recent years, singers from St Margaret’s have been named Wiltshire Choir of the Year on several occasions and reached the national stages of both Barnardo’s and BBC Songs of Praise choral competitions. They have also been privileged to compete twice at the Royal Festival Hall. Our soloists and instrumental ensembles also enjoy performing in local festivals as well as at school; our Orchestra, String groups and Rock School are very popular.
We arrange informal concerts throughout the year for children of all ages and experience and our evening concerts in the Spring term and Carol Service at Christmas demonstrate the diverse talents of our children. Individual music lessons are available as follows from Year 2:
● Electronic Keyboard
● Percussion / Drum Kit
● Solo Singing
(Please note that individual lessons incur an additional charge, invoiced on a termly basis.)
Our pupils enjoy regular success in music examinations, held on site and entered through well recognised music schools, such as The Associated Board of The Royal Schools of Music and Trinity Guildhall. More contemporary tastes are also catered for with rock and pop exams, again organised through the school.