‘Music is a moral law. It gives a soul to the universe, wings to the mind, flight to the imagination, a charm to sadness and life to everything’ – Plato
Music is at the heart of Vinehall’s daily life. We believe that all children are musical and we seek to unlock the musician in them from their first day at school. The music department has two full time specialist music teachers and all the Prep school children receive weekly class music lessons where they study the history of music and develop their practical skills. There is also a team of fifteen visiting instrumental teachers with whom children can receive specialist training on all the orchestral instruments, guitar and voice, and their development is further supported by orchestras, instrument specific ensembles and chamber groups. All the children sing in one or more of our choirs and the school Carol Service is the choral highlight of the year. They also perform at local hospitals, nursing homes and the Hastings Musical Festival where they have gained some of the highest marks ever awarded. We are very proud of the children’s outstanding achievements and especially our scholars who have achieved awards to Battle Abbey, Benenden, Charterhouse, Eastbourne, Harrow and Tonbridge.
The end of the academic year is traditionally marked by the Year 8 musical and recent performances have included The Sound of Music, Guys and Dolls, Annie, Fiddler on the Roof and Return to the Forbidden Planet.
In this busy, impersonal world, music is essential for wellbeing and emotional health. Its early establishment in children is essential for healthy lives and a gift we seek to arm them with for the rest of their lives.