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.