Music & Drama

Music and drama are two vital components of school life at Polam Hall and all our students are given an opportunity to participate in performing arts.

Seniors can join various ensembles, including Senior Choir, Vocal Ensemble, and Woodwind Ensemble.

School productions

We also have a Junior Recorder Group and run lunchtime theory classes for both Juniors and Seniors. Children in Year 3 learn strings every week and in Year 4 they learn trumpet.

Individual music tuition is a popular option for many pupils and we have a team of ten peripatetic staff offering lessons in a range of instruments. Pupils are able to study instruments from the woodwind, strings and brass families as well as piano, guitar and drum-kit. Depending on their instrument and standard, they work towards grade performance examinations from a variety of exam boards including ABRSM, Trinity and Rock School.

We also have a busy annual calendar of musical events including our Scholar’s Concert in October; Advent Service in Croft Church and Carol Service in St Cuthbert’s Church; the Boarders Carol Service, and a Christmas Concert in the School theatre. We run an Art and Music Evening each May and a further concert towards the end of the Summer term.

As a School we also put on an annual production in the Liddiard Theatre involving both Juniors and Seniors. This is usually a collaborative event between the drama, music and art departments with pupils and staff working together to create memorable results.

Taking part

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Be it music, musical theatre or drama, we aim to involve pupils from across the School and we do our best to integrate ages and talents so that as many children as possible can get a taste of the joys and demands of live performance. During the run-up to any show there is always a creative buzz around School and our pupils are noticeably uplifted by this newfound energy. Recent Senior productions have included West Side Story, a School-wide Shakespeare Festival involving performing outdoors, and The Wizard of Oz. The Juniors, meanwhile, perform both a Christmas Nativity and annual production – examples being ‘Joseph and His Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat’ and ‘Chitty Chitty Bang Bang’.

The School has a lunchtime drama club which is always popular and proves to be a hotbed of dramatic talent and creativity.