Music

ViolinGirl1_600_highMusic is at the heart of school-life and Ffynone House has built a well-deserved reputation for excellence. Pupils of all abilities are encouraged to participate in rich musical opportunities and we are very proud of the strong, musical tradition we have created. All pupils study music from Year 7 onwards, and have the option to continue to GCSE and A Level.

As a small, family orientated school, Ffynone House has a very personal approach, with music teaching staff making huge efforts to encourage and support each individual pupil’s skills.

Excellence

The department is fortunate to have strong links with The Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama, and students are regularly represented in regional and National ensembles, such as the West Glamorgan Youth Orchestra, and both the National Youth Orchestras of Wales and Great Britain.

Performance opportunities

Girl playing a SaxophoneWe offer chamber and flute choirs and chamber orchestra, and our samba group provides a good outlet for our drummers. A highlight of the year is the school musical, which combines the talents of all singers and musicians. Performances also involve our student technicians in lighting, sound, set design and production.

Talent is showcased at a multitude of school events and concerts, including Harvest, Remembrance, Christmas, St David’s Day and Prize Giving, and assemblies. Students also perform in external competitions and to the public, all of which increase confidence and provide valuable experience.

Enrichment

Situated in a region with a rich musical heritage and choral tradition, pupils have many opportunities to see top class musicians and choirs. These include the Swansea Festival of Arts, Gower Festival, Cardiff Singer of the World, Gower Folk Festival, Swansea Jazz Festival.

Boy playing a violinAdditional tuition

Instrumental teaching is provided by external tutors. Weekly lessons are available in voice, piano, harp, violin, viola, flute, clarinet and saxophone, trumpet, trombone and percussion.

Pupils are encouraged to prepare for examinations in the Associated Board of Royal Schools. They may also enter the local Abertawe Festival, Eisteddfodd or competitions further afield.


Music news

Ffynone House School students Royal Opera House successRoyal Opera House success. We are thrilled that Ffynone House Music students have been short-listed in the prestigious ROH Fanfare Composition Competition. Students composed an imaginatiave 30 second fanfare to capture the attention of an audience about to enter an ROH performance.

Read more about this achievement.


Halloween pumpkinHalloween Spooktakular. Ffynone House students travelled to Cardiff to see the BBC National Orchestra and Chorus of Wales Halloween Concert. We were treated to a huge variety of ‘spirited’ music including ‘Ghostbusters’, Prokofiev’s ‘Romeo and Juliet’, ‘Danse Macabre’by Saint Saens and Edward Scissorhands. It was a fantastic occasion with the orchestra dressed for Halloween.

Read more about our visit.


Ffynone House School Music ScholarshipsPerforming Arts Scholarship Examinations

For entry into Year 7, September 2017. Combine a passion for music, dance or drama with academic excellence. With our long-standing tradition in performing arts and public speaking, Ffynone House School has much to offer students with particular musical or performance talents.  Deadline for applications Friday 21st October 2016. Read more and request an application pack.


FHS student Devon McAdam-SuttonDevon performs in Cardiff. Following her recent success in coming second in the Mumbles Young Singer of the Year competition, talented Grade 5 vocal soloist and Y12 student Devon sang in front of the Earl of Wessex at the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award Diamond Anniversary Concert at Cardiff’s Millennium Centre.

Read more about Devon’s experience.


Ffynone House School Journal 2016Year Book Launch. Join us at Ffynone House School on Thursday 30th June for the launch of our 2016 Year Book. The evening will include the end of year Art Exhibition, showcasing the work of examination students. Also enjoy musical entertainment provided by our talented musicians. Refreshments. Exhibition and Year book viewing from 6pm. Musical performance at 6.45pm.

Read more about our Year Book event.


sibrwd_bbc_150x150_medBBC Orchestra. Students enjoyed a wonderful afternoon at St David’s Hall, Cardiff. The BBC National Orchestra of Wales took the audience on a fascinating journey through different periods of music with great style and expertise. Students, Ffion, Maria and Rowan agreed to test the new App ‘SIBRWD’. The app has been designed to enhance the enjoyment of concerts, and students were interviewed by the BBC after the concert.

Read more about the event and the interesting programme.