Music

Promotes craftsmanship and intellectual curiosity while building confidence.

At Berkhamsted we have a strong musical tradition, with a flourishing choir and orchestra who perform at services, concerts, community recitals and as part of large-scale drama productions throughout the school year.

We believe that music truly benefits our students, helping them to grow in confidence. Tuition for singing and a wide variety of instruments is provided by our own staff as well as visiting specialist tutors.

Currently around 50% of Berkhamsted students play a musical instrument.

Our ‘Big Band’ is extremely popular, whilst each spring our most talented musicians are given the opportunity to compete for the title of Young Berkhamsted Musician of the Year, which is decided by an external adjudicator.

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The school delivers on its motto of ‘Developing Remarkable People’ – students are notably engaging and enjoy taking part in everything the school has to offer.

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Clearly an academically driven department, it’s refreshing to meet the Head of Sixth, Martin Walker, and hear that the students get the support and encouragement to find and follow their own path whatever that may be – from setting up their own business or doing an apprenticeship.

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🎶Last week, over 100 talented pupils from @heathertonschool , @berkhamstedprep, @berkhamstedboys , @berkhamstedgirls, and @BerkhamstedSixth performed at the Young Musician of the Year Festival. 

👏This annual event, was an excellent opportunity for our young musicians to showcase their remarkable musical talent to parents, staff, and peers. Many of them entered the competitive rounds where they strived to be crowned Young Musician of the Year, Young Performer of the Year, or Young Instrumentalist of the Year. 🥇🎺🎻

Throughout the week, the audience was treated to instruments from all sections of the orchestra, from brass & wind to strings and piano, as well as voice.

👏 For many of our youngest pupils, the festival marked their first time performing in front of a crowd, but each young musician aimed high and got up to perform regardless. The performers even took the opportunity to practise their best bows as kindly demonstrated by Mr Noithip. “Don’t look up when you bow” he said to the laughter of pupils “it looks a little strange, just bend with confidence and take in your applause!” 

Each performer gave it their all in the competition finals, and with a range of adjudicators’ awards to be won alongside the main three titles, there were lots of opportunities for the pupils to be recognised and celebrated for their efforts. 
 
Performing for parents, teachers, and peers is a daunting process, but each of our performers displayed the integrity, ambition, and adventurousness of a great Berkhamstedian. We’re so proud of their dedication, passion, and outstanding performances. 

💫A huge well done to all who performed and a massive thank you to Mr Noithip and the music department for bringing the school together to enjoy a week of music! 

The worthy winners were: 

Young Instrumentalist of the Year 2023: Max B (piano)
Adjudicators’ awards: Annabel H (flute), Arthur M (piano) 

Young Performer of the Year 2023: Clara IR (piano) 
Adjudicators’ award: George T (trumpet) 

Young Musician of the Year 2023: Maddie M (cello) 
Adjudicators’ awards: Bea M (violin) Luca W (violin) Jerry S (piano)

@berkhamstedschools 
#teamberko
#berkhamstedmusic

🎶Last week, over 100 talented pupils from @heathertonschool , @berkhamstedprep, @berkhamstedboys , @berkhamstedgirls, and @BerkhamstedSixth performed at the Young Musician of the Year Festival.

👏This annual event, was an excellent opportunity for our young musicians to showcase their remarkable musical talent to parents, staff, and peers. Many of them entered the competitive rounds where they strived to be crowned Young Musician of the Year, Young Performer of the Year, or Young Instrumentalist of the Year. 🥇🎺🎻

Throughout the week, the audience was treated to instruments from all sections of the orchestra, from brass & wind to strings and piano, as well as voice.

👏 For many of our youngest pupils, the festival marked their first time performing in front of a crowd, but each young musician aimed high and got up to perform regardless. The performers even took the opportunity to practise their best bows as kindly demonstrated by Mr Noithip. “Don’t look up when you bow” he said to the laughter of pupils “it looks a little strange, just bend with confidence and take in your applause!”

Each performer gave it their all in the competition finals, and with a range of adjudicators’ awards to be won alongside the main three titles, there were lots of opportunities for the pupils to be recognised and celebrated for their efforts.

Performing for parents, teachers, and peers is a daunting process, but each of our performers displayed the integrity, ambition, and adventurousness of a great Berkhamstedian. We’re so proud of their dedication, passion, and outstanding performances.

💫A huge well done to all who performed and a massive thank you to Mr Noithip and the music department for bringing the school together to enjoy a week of music!

The worthy winners were:

Young Instrumentalist of the Year 2023: Max B (piano)
Adjudicators’ awards: Annabel H (flute), Arthur M (piano)

Young Performer of the Year 2023: Clara IR (piano)
Adjudicators’ award: George T (trumpet)

Young Musician of the Year 2023: Maddie M (cello)
Adjudicators’ awards: Bea M (violin) Luca W (violin) Jerry S (piano)

@berkhamstedschools
#teamberko
#berkhamstedmusic

We make be back from Austria, but we’re sure our students have made lots of memories to last a lifetime. Thank you for a week of high quality music-making!
Keep an eye out for new photos and clips, including students yodeling and excerpts from our final concert in Filzmoos.
#teamberko #berkhamstedmusic #austriamusictour2023

We make be back from Austria, but we’re sure our students have made lots of memories to last a lifetime. Thank you for a week of high quality music-making!
Keep an eye out for new photos and clips, including students yodeling and excerpts from our final concert in Filzmoos.
#teamberko #berkhamstedmusic #austriamusictour2023

Can parents please park on Kings Road or in the drop off area. Please leave the driveway and the Knox Johnson turning circle clear for the coach and trailer. Thank you! #berkhamstedmusic #teamberko #austriamusictour2023 #remarkablepeople

Can parents please park on Kings Road or in the drop off area. Please leave the driveway and the Knox Johnson turning circle clear for the coach and trailer. Thank you! #berkhamstedmusic #teamberko #austriamusictour2023 #remarkablepeople

Leaving Dover. Estimated ETA at Knox Johnson is 12.00 (midday). See you there!
#berkhamstedmusic #teamberko #austriamusictour2023 #remarkablepeople

Leaving Dover. Estimated ETA at Knox Johnson is 12.00 (midday). See you there!
#berkhamstedmusic #teamberko #austriamusictour2023 #remarkablepeople

All onboard and waiting to sail at 8.20am. We will arrive in Dover at 8.50am (GMT). Once on the coach we will issue our Berkhamsted Knox Johnson ETA. #berkhamstedmusic #teamberko #austriamusictour2023 #remarkablepeople

All onboard and waiting to sail at 8.20am. We will arrive in Dover at 8.50am (GMT). Once on the coach we will issue our Berkhamsted Knox Johnson ETA. #berkhamstedmusic #teamberko #austriamusictour2023 #remarkablepeople

Just arrived at the Port of Calais! Hoping to hop on the 8.20am (if it’s running). More travel updates to follow…. #teamberko #austriamusictour2023 #berkhamstedmusic #remarkablepeople

Just arrived at the Port of Calais! Hoping to hop on the 8.20am (if it’s running). More travel updates to follow…. #teamberko #austriamusictour2023 #berkhamstedmusic #remarkablepeople

Due to a few unavoidable traffic issues, we now won’t make the 6.50am ferry. We’re going to try for the 8.25am instead. More updates on our ETA to follow. WATCH THIS SPACE!
#austriamusictour2023 #berkhamstedmusic #teamberko #remarkablepeople

Due to a few unavoidable traffic issues, we now won’t make the 6.50am ferry. We’re going to try for the 8.25am instead. More updates on our ETA to follow. WATCH THIS SPACE!
#austriamusictour2023 #berkhamstedmusic #teamberko #remarkablepeople

It’s been amazing Austria! We now being the long trip back to Berkhamsted! #berkhamstedmusic #austriamusictour #remarkablepeople #austriamusictrip2023 #teamberko

It’s been amazing Austria! We now being the long trip back to Berkhamsted! #berkhamstedmusic #austriamusictour #remarkablepeople #austriamusictrip2023 #teamberko

A collection of excerpts and photos from our lunchtime concert yesterday at Strobl am Wolfgangsee. Featuring orchestra, big band, barbershop, solos, students dancing and audience participation! #teamberko #berkhamstedmusic #austriamusictour2023

A collection of excerpts and photos from our lunchtime concert yesterday at Strobl am Wolfgangsee. Featuring orchestra, big band, barbershop, solos, students dancing and audience participation! #teamberko #berkhamstedmusic #austriamusictour2023

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