The Music department provides an extensive range of extra-curricular activities. Pupils who receive tuition on an instrument are encouraged to participate in at least one activity. Regular attendance is expected and rewarded. All groups perform regularly as part of school concerts. Some groups perform at other events in the local community.
The following activities are considered core to the department's extra-curricular programme:
In addition to the above, the department runs many other chamber music groups including string quartets, flute trios, piano trios, wind quartets etc. The dynamics of these groups alter according to supply and demand.
We are an extremely busy department holding many concerts throughout the year. Pupils have the opportunity to perform with local choral societies and orchestras and at various prestigious events. We take part in the annual Pro Corda Chamber Music Competition and each year we reach at least the semi-final stages. We have also had the honour of being National Chamber Music Champions. Every two years we go on tour to destinations such as Tuscany, Lake Garda and Salzburg. In the intervening years, in liaison with the Drama department, we stage a whole school musical.
Recent successes of TWGGS girls
The school is a centre for the Associated Board and Trinity examinations and we receive a very high pass rate. About two thirds of our entrants are awarded merits or distinctions. Many of our older girls take grades 7 and 8 and diplomas.
TWGGS is represented regularly in the National Youth Choirs of Great Britain, National Youth Orchestra and National Youth Chamber Orchestra as well as West Kent and Kent County Youth Orchestras and Choirs. Our musicians have also gained places to study at prestigious conservatoires and universities, including Oxbridge.
Finally, we believe we offer all girls at the school the opportunity to receive a truly first class music education and, for girls who want to get thoroughly involved over and above the norm, an excellent range of high standard opportunities that is equal to anywhere in the South East. The Director of Music, Mrs Susan Waddington, is available to discuss the provision of music within the school at any time, and may be telephoned on 01892 520902.
Please see the page on Music Lessons for information on applying for instrumental lessons and hire of musical instruments.
Headteacher Linda Wybar
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