The rich variety of extra-curricular activities available in the music department supports the work of pastoral care in the school as it provides a programme of rewarding and worthwhile activities for pupils to participate in at lunchtime and after school.
Extra-curricular activities are vital to a thriving department because
They promote music as a thoroughly enjoyable interactive activity which in turn fosters good relations between staff and pupils and between pupils.
Pupils learn about a wide variety of music through performance. This feeds directly into class composition and performance.
Pupils from Year 11 upwards who are not studying music as a subject have an opportunity to develop their musical interests.
Skills are developed to a level which could not possibly be achieved in class time.
They provide an avenue for teamwork which requires discipline, commitment and perseverance towards a common goal. The resulting performance gives pupils a sense of pride in their achievement.
They provide a link with the wider community as groups are often asked to perform at various functions.
Presently at Dalriada there are eight extra-curricular activities which are run on a regular basis throughout terms 1 and 2.
The table below shows the weekly rehearsal schedule for these groups.
|Monday||Junior Choir (PMG)||The Irish Traditional Group (HM)|
|Tuesday||Chamber Choir (HM)|
Wind Band (PMG)
|School Play Rehearsal (Term 1)|
|Wednesday||Intermediate Girls Choir (DC)|
Senior Choir Sectionals (HM)
|School Play Orchestra – Term 1 (HM &PMG)|
|Thursday||Senior Choir (HM)|
|Friday||String Group (HM)||Orchestra (HM)|
|Saturday||Term 1 – play rehearsal every Saturday afternoon from September through until the performances in December.|
Concerts and Performances
The above groups have an opportunity to perform at the following:
The Christmas Carol Concert – December
All choirs, the wind band, the orchestra, the string group and the Irish traditional group take part in this seasonal evening’s entertainment.
The School Musical – December
Recent productions include:
- 2014 – Phantom of the Opera
- 2013 – Oliver
- 2012 – The Crucible
- 2011 – Les Miserables
- 2010 – Footloose
- 2008 – The Sound of Music
- 2007 – Joseph
- 2006 – Seven Brides for Seven Brothers
- 2005 – Kiss Me Kate
- 2003 – Les Miserables
- 2001 – Oklahoma
- 1999 – Guys and Dolls
- 1997 – Oliver
- 1995 – Joseph and His Amazing Technicolour Dreamcoat
- 1993 – The Mikado
The Evening of Music – March
This is the most prestigious concert of the school calendar and hosts all choirs, the orchestra, the wind band and the string orchestra. It provides a platform for our most talented pupils to play challenging solo material.
The School music competitions are held in June. The winners of these competitions gain the right to perform at the next year’s Evening of Music or any of the other concerts held throughout the year. There are prizes for general musicianship, the most promising junior, wind, brass, piano, strings, singing and ensemble playing.
Chamber Choir Tour
On alternate years, the Chamber choir are taken on a short tour to London. Depending on time and availablility, it is sometimes possible to perform a lunchtime concert in the Church of St Margaret Patten, Cheapside or alternately, to attend a prestigious concert such as the ‘Classical Spectacular’ concert in the Royal Albert Hall. Either option is a rewarding and interesting cultural experience for the choir. In the evenings they attend two musicals which include The Phantom of the Opera, Les Miserables, The Lion King and Wicked among others.