Music is a vital part of school life, from carolling at Christmas in the Elizabeth Street Christmas market to winning House music colours for outstanding contributions to musical life.
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. The majority of our pupils play one or more musical instruments.
We are lucky to have a very fine staff of peripatetic music teachers who can work with pupils to introduce them to an instrument for the first time or to develop skills already mastered. A whole range of instruments can be played, from piano, drums and trumpet to violin and guitar and our pupils achieve high grade levels in most instruments.
The boys can also arrange individual private singing lessons to develop their voice and promote confidence. They are taken out of lessons on a rotating basis, so that the same lessons are not missed.
There are two choirs: Junior (Year 2) and Senior (Year 3). Boys are auditioned at the beginning of every term and many of them 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.
The pupils can compete in Junior and Senior music competitions, which usually take place in March. The judge often gives boys tips on individual performances. As usual, a full range of talents was showcased in the Junior and Senior Cup competitions, and the boys gave brilliant and talented displays. Both were awarded to pianists.
The Music department and the Eaton House Pre-Prep boys excel themselves in their musical activities. Despite COVID, there were music assemblies, competitions, plays and streamed nativities. This year we hope to reinstate our Senior Choir trips and a carol concert in our spiritual home, St Peter's. Boys take ABRSM (Associated Board of the Royal Schools of Music) exams and entered outside competitions on their instruments throughout the year.
One of the highlights of the summer term is the Year 3 production. Last year, they performed What a Knight! and the boys delivered their lines and sang beautifully.
On the penultimate school day, Year 3 perform in a traditional concert. It is a wonderful farewell recital of song, poetry, dance and instrumental solos to say goodbye to Eaton House Belgravia Pre-Prep. The boys perform a diverse variety of music and demonstrate their performing prowess. The concert is normally followed by a picnic in Battersea Park with refreshments provided by the parents.
Music colours are awarded for outstanding music service to the school. Seven boys were awarded these prestigious accolades last year. They contributed greatly to the musical life of the school. This year looks set to be equally exciting!