Music and Drama
The Performing Arts
At the Grantham Preparatory International School, the performing arts are regarded as an important opportunity for children to have fun, gain confidence and achieve success, whether working together or as individuals. While all children are included in school dramatic performances, and receive class music lessons, the majority, from Class One up, also choose to receive individual instrumental tuition. We are proud that we can cater for children with a wide variety of tastes, be it rock and pop, in which we offer guitar, bass and drum lessons, or jazz and Western classical, with tuition available on piano, violin, trumpet, saxophone, flute, clarinet and recorder. Due to our excellent teachers, children achieve high levels in Associated Board Examinations, with musicians currently working up to Grade V.
In addition to their individual success, our children enjoy making music together. Musicians at the Grantham Preparatory International School take great pride in selection for one of our many instrumental groups and while the school is extremely proud of our excellent wind band and senior band, opportunities for ensemble playing also include a recorder group, rock band, samba band and string group. For our most accomplished children, opportunities also exist to join a more senior, external wind band, and to play with talented children from other Prep. Schools.
Vocalists of all ages can enjoy singing together in either of our two choirs. Around two thirds of the children in classes four to six elect to sing with the senior choir, and their joy in joining voices is evident whenever they perform. A younger choir gives children in classes one to three similar opportunities. The choirs regularly achieve success in music festivals and sing in concerts throughout the year, both at school and with other Prep. schools and choral societies.
“Joan of Arc” Opera at Grantham Prep
The Great Big Dance Off performance Thursday 5th February 2015
Summer Concert 2014
Lower School Choir
TGPS “Music Machine” Wind Band
Upper School Choir
“Music Machine” performing in Valencia 2015
Leadership in the arts is also fostered at the school, with Music Captains appointed to organise weekly rehearsals and annual competitions, while House Captains play vital roles in supporting younger pupils through rehearsal and performance in the House Music and Recitation Festivals. They also organise their own competitions, for example in painting and poetry.
Dance and drama are valued at The Grantham Preparatory School, with lessons taught by professional dance teachers, and the opportunity to take LAMDA speech and drama examinations.
Recitation opportunities for soloists and choral groups are promoted through internal festivals and participation in local competitions, where our infant and junior groups are regular winners.
A highlight of the year is the Junior Production at the Guildhall Theatre, Grantham. This is always a highly professional show, in which the whole of the Junior School participates and the standards of acting and singing were highly praised, not just by parents, but also publishers.