Truro School music is one of the most busy and vibrant music departments in the country. With 60 varied concerts each year, Truro School offers pupils numerous opportunities, to rehearse, perform and develop. A third of the school takes individual instrumental or vocal lessons each week from 30 of the county’s top specialist teachers.
Major events each term include the annual Hall for Cornwall Concert, the Junior and Senior Charity Concerts and many band, orchestral and choir ensembles.
Truro School offers pupils numerous opportunities, to rehearse, perform and develop.
There are choirs and ensembles for every instrumental group and these take place during morning break, lunchtime, before and after school. Ensemble playing is integral to musical experience and education.
All pupils who play an instrument are encouraged to join an appropriate ensemble which will accelerate their learning and provide additional enjoyment, often lifelong.
Any pupil wishing to join an ensemble should talk to the member of staff who runs it. It is expected that pupils will then be committed to the ensemble and attend rehearsals regularly so that they may take part in a concert. Prior permission must be sought if a pupil is unable to attend a rehearsal. Scholars in particular, are expected to lead by example in attending regularly.
Ensembles: Chamber Choir, Boys Barbershop, Junior Boys’ Choir, Symphony Orchestra, Wind Band, Jazz Orchestra, Junior Band, B Natural Girls’ A cappella, Choir, Chamber Orchestra, Early Music Group, Senior Strings, Junior Strings, String Quartet, Flute Choir, Clarinet Choir, Saxophone Ensemble, Saxophone Quartet, Percussion Ensemble, Samba Band, Rock Band, Guitar Group
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There are regular concerts after school when pupils of all ability and experience perform in front of their peers, family and friends. Performance is an important part of pupils’ musical education and these informal concert opportunities enable confidence to grow as pupils become more accustomed to performing. Musicians also collaborate with the Drama Department in musical productions and each year the pupils run a Junior and Senior Charity Concert. Every aspect is done by the pupils themselves, from arranging auditions, selecting performers, rehearsing to organising programmes, tickets and refreshments.
Tuition is given in the majority of orchestral and brass instruments, as well as the Piano, Guitar, Voice and Organ, during the school day on a rota basis. Full details about how lessons are arranged, payment of fees and required notice period are given in the application form.
For general music enquires, or to download an application form and full tuition details, please contact the Music office. Tel: 01872 246097 / Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Music Scholarships are available to candidates entering Truro School at 11+, 13+ and 16+. Please visit our Music Scholarship page for more information.
We are very proud of our relationship with Truro Cathedral; both the girl and boy choristers of Truro Cathedral Choir are educated at Truro School. The choristers have earned an international reputation for outstanding quality and play an important role within the school community.
Girls currently in Year 8 can apply for entry into the Choir when they reach Year 9 the following September. To find out more about our Girl Chorister Scholarships, please click the link below.
In the 1st, 2nd and 3rd Years, all pupils have two music lessons each week. Lessons are designed to be fun and there is an emphasis on practical music making, with students being encouraged to compose, improvise and perform.
Music GCSE is available to all singers and instrumentalists who have achieved a minimum standard of Grade 3.
Music A-Level offers pupils who play an instrument or sing the opportunity to develop their performing, composing and appraising skills within the school’s busy, buzzing and vibrant Music Department.
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Our school motto, Esse Quam Videri, (to be rather than to seem to be) captures the essence of our identity. From Nursery right through to Sixth Form the Truro School Community shares the same values and approach to education which help to shape our identity. Underpinned by strong Christian principles, we are a caring and inclusive community which values, nurtures and develops each individual. Click on the links below to find out more.
DEVELOPING INDIVIDUAL EXCELLENCE AT EVERY LEVEL
Because we believe that academic excellence is an important part of human excellence. Every child is an individual and we celebrate and develop their uniqueness, helping them to become an independent learner and encouraging each child to explore, understand and cultivate their talent and abilities, whatever they may be.
To inspire creativity, ignite imaginations and help each pupil to find and fully develop his or her talents.
Because we value the development of pupils’ imaginative and creative dimensions as well as their characters. Through a broad curriculum and wide range of co-curricular activities, pupils discover the important balance between creative and logical thinking. These opportunities are fundamental to ensuring your son or daughter discovers their hidden gifts, developing a sense of individuality and a confidence in their own abilities.
DEVELOPING PUPILS WHO ARE AT EASE WITH THEMSELVES AND EACH OTHER
Because we want every pupil to be comfortable in their own skin, celebrating the uniqueness of each individual in the school community. Through drama, presenting and public speaking opportunities, as well as appearing in productions and concerts, pupils learn key communication skills and gain the confidence to prosper in the real world.
To forge pupil characters and ambition through challenges and opportunities.
Because we believe that essential life skills are often best taught outside of the classroom, balancing an academic education. Through a wide-ranging co-curricular programme, we offer every child the chance to participate, perform and lead in the fields of their choice. In a competitive world these opportunities are fundamental to ensuring your son or daughter develops essential life skills and an ambition for life.
DEVELOPING STUDENTS WHO RESPECT OTHER PEOPLE AND THE WORLD AROUND THEM
Because our mission challenges us to be a vibrant community which enables people to live their lives to the full and transform society for the better. Located in the heart of Cornwall, our distinctive, serene location supports the development of balanced, unpretentious and reflective children who understand their role as global citizens.
ENCOURAGING PUPILS TO DEVELOP THEIR OWN WAY OF THINKING
Because we encourage pupils towards a personally developed life philosophy. Underlying all that we do is a solid foundation based on the ethos and values of Christianity. We nurture and challenge each individual child in a caring environment that is inclusive, enjoys the diversity within our School Community and beyond, and supports a genuine desire to question what we see and what we know.