14 March 2017
The musical talents of pupils and teachers at a North Kensington primary school saw it receive a School Music Excellence Award at City Hall on Friday 24 February.
All children at St Charles Primary School receive weekly specialist music and singing lessons. This has resulted in whole classes taking up the recorder, cello and ukulele.
About half of all pupils at the school learn to play an instrument with the help of peripatetic teachers with children from less well-off families receiving subsidised or free one on one music tuition to ensure musical opportunities are open to all.
The school has two thriving choirs and an orchestra. Both the choirs and the orchestra perform concerts in the community and enjoy performing for elderly residents of the borough.
Musical opportunities offered by the Tri-borough Music Hub mean St Charles children regularly attend the Primary Proms and Classical Spectacular at the Royal Albert Hall. The school also hosts annual music workshops given by students from the Royal College of Music.
Ann Slavin, Head of St Charles, said: “I am delighted the efforts of teachers and pupils have led to us receiving this award. The children have embraced music with a passion. They love playing and singing and it is clear that we have some very talented performers in our school.”