Music at Leweston is exceptional and permeates all aspects of school life. Approximately 60% of pupils in Years 3 to 6 learn instruments and pupils in Year 2 have the opportunity to learn the piano or recorder.
Pupils are given the opportunity to perform in our regular informal concerts and there is an orchestra and two recorder groups.
There are two choirs in the school. The Chapel Choir rehearses to sing at our weekly masses and the choir performs in concerts and at the carol service.
Instrumental tuition is offered in the major orchestral instruments, recorder and piano.
Pupils take part regularly in community events in Sherborne, such as the annual 'Youth Makes Music Concert' , the Parish Fete and carol singing in the town. A gallery of some of our recent concerts and recitals can be seen below.
All pupils from Years 3 to 6 have Drama and Performing Arts lessons during the week involving dance, drama and music. Years 5 and 6 are encouraged to audition for our major musical theatre production at the end of the summer term. All pupils are involved on stage and some attend a stagecraft day to make props and scenery. In addition to the musical, there are performances at Christmas and Easter which take place in the school theatre. Recently, the pupils enjoyed an African dance workshop and Years 5 and 6 went on an overnight trip to London to see a musical show.
LAMDA (London Academy of Music & Dramatic Art) examinations are offered to pupils at Leweston from Year 1 upwards as an extra-curricular activity during lunchtime or after school.
LAMDA is one of the UK’s oldest and most respected awarding organisations. These practical examinations in communication and performance empower pupils to develop the life skills they need to be a success: attributes such as self-confidence and the ability to communicate clearly and present ideas.
Leweston has an impressive record of uptake and achievement in LAMDA examinations. Over 50% of the pupils in the Junior Department are taking part in the course and in 2014 all pupils achieved either a Merit or Distinction in their examinations.