St Stephens CoE Primary School

St Stephens String Quartet

St Stephens String Quartet

Charlotte Mountford warming up before the school production of Oliver!

Charlotte Mountford warming up before the school production of Oliver!

St Stephens CoE was the first school Pelican Music started in. When Agnes Daniel started teaching in the school in 2009 there was no substantial instrumental culture in the school. Although a musical school, with a substantial singing tradition, very few children learned musical instruments. Starting with only 10 students St Stephens now boast over 120 children receiving instrumental tuition in the school. Their KS2 orchestra of 30 + children plays the overture to their school musical each year, and some students even play in the professional band during the production. The string quartet plays at many school events and has even had their external concert debut in Nottinghill. The KS1 orchestra encourages young string players from reception up to start playing with children immediately.
In September 2015 we started an Early Years program with Alex Paxton , who takes both reception classes and the nursery class on a musical journey once a week. During these sessions, students listen to 3 or 4 different pieces of music and learn about everything from pulse to melody in a fun and imaginative environment. 
Once a year there is also the competition for the Rayworth Cup which see's a week of musical assembly's where students show off their musical achievements.