Drama features strongly in the life of Vinehall. Currently, children have weekly drama lessons in Year 5, Year 7 and Year 8. In these, they learn to move freely, explore their feelings and express themselves confidently. Topics are selected to enhance the work of the English Department.
There are several full productions staged each year so that all children have the opportunity to perform in costume, on stage and before an audience annually. Years 3 & 4 have a production (with music), which takes place in the Lent Term. Years 5 and 6 perform a Senior Play during the Michaelmas term. All Year 8 pupils present a musical production to mark the end of the year and their time at Vinehall, with Year 7 volunteers providing the chorus and a full orchestra as appropriate.
Music is firmly embedded in the cultural life of Vinehall. All Prep School children receive weekly music lessons and our taught by our Director of Music, Mrs. Glossop. There is also a Chamber Choir and an acapella group for those children who which to explore a more advanced repertoire of Music.
Most children will learn an instrument whilst at Vinehall and the school has a fully stocked Junior and Senior Orchestra, a multitude of ensembles, including two string quartets, a swing band, a percussion ensemble, a guitar group, junior and senior flute groups, a clarinet group and junior and senior brass ensembles. Children also participate in choral, orchestral, and jazz days at senior schools and workshops given by professional visiting musicians, such as Voces8.
The Music Department has a team of 16 visiting instrumental teachers and is a centre for Associated Board music exams. There are frequent concerts and recitals, and other performance opportunities are available via the large-scale musicals performed in the school theatre. Recent productions have included ‘Fiddler on the Roof’, ‘Grease’, ‘Guys and Dolls’, ‘Bugsy Malone’ and ‘Oliver’. Vinehall also boasts an international concert series that attracts leading musicians to East Sussex.