We have a thriving Music Department, led by Leigh Saunter, our Head of Music, providing our students with every opportunity to develop their musical skills in whichever area their passion lies.
We proudly operate a peripatetic system, where every students can learn any instrument they desire. From Reception to Year 13, students are able to develop and enhance their musical ability through a curriculum that is tailored to their individual strengths.
All students receive an hour's music lesson a week from Reception to Year 8. Emphasis is on listening, performing and later composing, with students experiencing a wide range of instruments and styles from classic to pop music. We encourage our students to be enquiring and experimental in their approach in order to enhance and develop their individual talents. A recent Year 9 group wrote, sang, recorded and produced four tracks that were later uploaded for sale online, receiving 45,000 downloads on YouTube.
Our AQA Music GCSE provides scope for any budding musician to flourish and our Music Technology A Level is proving more and more popular.
In addition to excellent results in both academic and practical examinations, our Music Department offers a varied range of extra curricular clubs and events that provide performance opportunities for all our students throughout their time at Beaulieu:
Junior Orchestra and Choir - Our Junior Choir is a non-auditioned choir for any students in Year 5 and 6. The pupils regularly take part in the Music Eisteddfod, competing in the Primary School Choir Class. The Junior Choir regularly sings at School Masses, supporting the Chamber Choir, and the students were also asked to take part in a combined children's choir, singing in the Diamond Jubilee Gala Concert at Fort Regent during the celebrations.
Year 7 Choir – Our Year 7 Choir feeds into our Chamber Choir and helps prepare and train the students.
Chamber Choir – Our Chamber Choir includes students from Year 8 up to Year 13. The Choir covers an eclectic range of musical tastes from classical pieces to pop.
Our Chamber Choir has seen great success at the annual Eisteddfod, winning consistently over the last few years. Choir members sing regularly at school Mass and occasions and also get the chance to sing in a variety of other competitions, events and venues. In recent years they have been fortunate enough to sing at Disneyland, have been crowned BBC Choir of the year and have reached the finals of the national competition Music for Youth on a number of occasions.
The Beaulieu and De La Salle Big band – Our Big Band is becoming something of a local favourite and is regularly invited to play at local events. Led by Head of Music, Leigh Saunter, the big band is made up of Beaulieu and De La Salle Students from Years 7 to 13. The Big Band continues to be extremely popular and has offered talented musicians the opportunity to play at a whole host of local events including the Boat Show and the Food Festival, as well as achieving a huge amount of success at the Eisteddfod locally and the Music for Youth Competition nationally. Members have also played at Disneyland Paris.
Senior Orchestra – The Senior Orchestra provides an opportunity for those musicians passionate about playing in a traditional forum. Any instrumentalist, Grade 4 and above, is eligible to join.
School musical or play - Regularly we stage a musical or play. Students take responsibility for elements of the production and music is a central role, with our Big Band and our orchestra supporting the production and our singers often taking on principal roles.
Past performances include: 'The Little Mermaid', 'Peter Pan', 'The Sound of Music', 'Annie', 'Beauty and the Beast', 'Aladdin', 'The Wizard of Oz' and 'Singin in the Rain'.
House Music competition – Our students run these events themselves, supported by our Music Department.
Summer concert - A Summer Concert is held annually and provides our students with the opportunity to showcase everything they have learnt during the last academic year.
School Mass and our Carol service – Our singers and musicians play a central role in Mass and also our annual carol service.
We are very proud of the many and varied achievements of our past pupils. Beaulieu Music alumni are currently studying at a range of prestigious musical institutions, including Sir Paul McCartney's university, Liverpool Institute for Performing Arts, Guildhall and Chetham's School of Music. We also have past pupils who have forged successful careers in the music industry in the UK, song writing and producing for high profile bands and solo artists.
'I loved Music Tech because I had the chance to create music that I could be proud of. Since doing the course I have gained a lot more confidence, not only in performance, but also in many other areas. Music is very important to me as it allows me to creatively express myself in a way that academia doesn't, and having both music and academics has allowed me to develop into a well rounded person.'
Katie Walters - Music student