Sandbach School music department has a long tradition of musical performance coupled with excellent examination results. The opportunities afforded to the pupils who choose to study the A – level in music here are truly unique and set out to give the individual an insight into the high demands of and experience first hand professional music making.
In the past 5 years, members of the department have organised and participated in an average of 60 public performances. In addition to school commitments (Commemoration Day, Carol service, Christmas concert, Choral concert, Awards Day etc.) the department takes the opportunity to travel further a field, ranging from the Cheshire Show and Citizenship ceremonies at Crewe Hall, to performances at the Edinburgh Festival (where the Big Band received two 4* reviews) and in the past few years tours to New England (USA) Berlin and Istanbul. Plans are underway to visit Paraguay in 2011. In 2010 the Sandbach School Big Band won the inaugural Cheshire East Schools Music Competition.
The department has established links and performance opportunities with many professional individuals and organisations in the music world that allows the student to gain invaluable experience.
The Foden’s Brass Band performs regularly at Sandbach School and is a permanent fixture in our annual summer concert. At these concerts, opportunities exist for some of our senior players (not exclusively brass) to work with and perform as soloists with this incredible ensemble. This is truly a unique opportunity for any young aspiring musician.
Andy Scott is professor of Saxophone at the Royal Northern College of Music (RNCM) and Composer in Residence for the Foden’s Brass Band. We are fortunate to be able to welcome Andy into school on regular occasions to lead improvisation and composition classes as well as writing for many of our school ensembles (Andy was Sandbach School composer in Residence for two years).
Matthew Ford was for five years the lead singer with the legendary Syd Lawrence Orchestra and since that time has fronted most of the country’s leading Orchestras. For the past 4 years has performed concerts with the Sandbach School Big Band working alongside not only or instrumentalist but taking the opportunity to nurture some of our young vocal talent also.
The department offers specialist tuition in all orchestral instruments in addition to classical and electric guitar, bass guitar, piano, drums and percussion, DJ techniques. Our peripatetic tutors have a great record in progressing students and helping them to realise their full potential. As such we currently have a number of our pupils attending the Junior RNCM each Saturday in addition to being regular playing members of county youth orchestras, local brass bands and music theatre groups. We currently have approximately 140 students receiving instrumental and vocal lessons.
Instrumental lesson times are displayed in the corridor of the Maxwell Davies Building (music block). Please check the notice board to get details of your lesson time and your teacher’s name. Bring your instrument on the correct day and it can be safely stored in room 42 until and after your lesson. Any messages will be displayed on the notice board. If you can’t find your name or teacher, please ask one of the music department staff and they will be point you in the right direction.