Choristers play at least two instruments. The College bears the cost of the tuition on one instrument. Competence in a musical instrument will be very important to a Chorister when his voice breaks and he loses the ability to perform vocally as a treble. The opportunity to express musicianship through an instrument is therefore very important to a Chorister’s personal development and happiness.
As Director of Senior House Music, Mr Kirk is responsible for arranging and monitoring all aspects of the Choristers’ instrumental tuition.
Mr Kirk is able to guide parents on the choice of instrument/s should a child join us without already having begun instrumental lessons or should a change of instrument be advisable.
Choristers practise their instruments on each weekday morning in the Music School, which is designed specifically around their instrumental needs and offers them an individual practice room each. The practice time is supervised by Mr Kirk and other members of staff with a musical background, who will ensure that scales are progressing, and that pieces are being properly tackled. Staff will also accompany children who are soon to do an exam or visit a senior school for a pre-audition.
In addition to the early morning instrumental practice during the week, the Choristers have instrumental practice time on Saturday mornings when Mr Kirk is again in attendance.