School Music Award
Lindley Junior School, Huddersfield
Lindley Junior School Choir won the Junior Choir of the Year title at the Barnardo’s Choir Festival earlier this year, highlighting once again the school’s musical talents. As one of 18 schools, from around 100 who auditioned to make it to the final, the Lindley children sang ‘Feel Good’ and ‘Can You Hear me?’ at the Royal Festival Hall in London. The choir also competed in the BBC’s Songs of Praise School Choir of the Year Final in May 2015. Alison North, choir conducter, praised many of the young performers, saying: “It’s probably the youngest choir we have ever had, with some Year 3 children in there. About 100 schools auditioned and just 18 got through to the finals in the Festival Hall. It meant a long, long day as we left school at 7am and didn’t get to bed until just before midnight, but I and the choir and all chuffed to bits.”
Ellesmere College, Shropshire
Chipping Norton School, Oxfordshire
Morpeth School, London
Morpeth School has a forward thinking music department that believes interaction with music can help develop pupils’ competence as learners and change the way they feel, think and act. With over 22 specialist music staff, they offer a large range of instrumental lessons, including steel pans, tabla and guitar, as well as a variety of extra curricular music clubs, including the Pulse percussion group, the Urban Playground wind and brass ensemble and the Music Tech Club for writing and producing. A state-of-the-art music department includes two classrooms, two music technology suites, 13 practice spaces and a recording studio with a separate control booth.