Eaton House Belgravia Pre-Prep is alive with different performing arts, and the opportunities to get involved and to have a moment to shine are there for every single boy.
Boys get the chance to experience performing in many musical ensembles, plays and competitions throughout the year. We want the boys to experience the magical and transformative power of the performing arts, whether that means making music together in a concert or acting in a play and hearing the audience laugh and cheer.
Acting is in our school DNA. The famous stage and Hollywood actor Laurence Olivier was an old boy, as was a more recent Academy Award winner whose name we shall not disclose! Needless to say, he is a household name now, but he too once stood in the hall at Eaton House Pre-Prep rehearsing his lines, as pupils do today.
All the pupils participate in drama activities, but some take it more seriously than others and join our popular Drama Club because they want to develop their acting range further after school. Plays are always lavishly produced affairs, with marvellous technical effects and proper stage costumes. Boys take the responsibility of acting in plays and learning their lines very seriously. They all want to work as a team to put on the best possible show for their parents and friends.
There are always a number of smaller performances each year. The Nursery and Kindergarten Nativity and the Year 3 play are always great highlights.
Weekly class and music assemblies encourage the boys to perform in front of an audience, and we hold regular singing events in the community, from the Royal Marsden Hospital to nursing homes and Christmas charity fairs.
There are a number of musical ensemble events each year and these events are greatly enjoyed by both staff and pupils. Pupils can also compete in Junior and Senior music competitions which take place in March. The judge often gives boys tips on individual performance after the competitions, which helps in their long-term musical development.
The leavers' concert is always a highlight, with boys playing to a fantastic standard. Some boys play incredibly hard pieces to entertain us as their final farewell to Eaton House Belgravia.
At this concert, we always hear from a great variety of performers on the piano, cello, violin, drum kit, guitar and voice. We are also often entertained with a dancing performance, the Senior Choir and all of the Year 3 boys for the grand finale.
There are two choirs: Junior (Year 2) and Senior (Year 3). Boys are auditioned at the beginning of every term and many boys sign up for this enjoyable activity. For those boys who do not want the commitment of choir, there are many opportunities for small or large groups to sing formally and informally together.
One of our favourite singing events is the annual carol service which is always held at St Peter's Church, our spiritual home.
Seven boys were awarded with prestigious accolades last year for music awards.
A whole range of music instruments can be played at Eaton House Schools, from piano, drums, trumpet to violin, guitar etc.
Our boys always deliver excellence in all musical activities. One of the highlights this year has been a performance of What a Knight!