Music is an integral part of life at Hanford; no day passes without a song or some impromptu piano playing. Nearly every child plays one musical instrument and many play two. There is a choir for each year group, which any child may join, plus a Chapel Choir, to which entry is by audition. There are also flute groups, a wind band, a string group and an orchestra.
Learning an Instrument
Hanford has a wide range of instruments on offer to the budding musician and can always find a teacher to cater for more unusual options. In this our Director of Music is supported by a raft of talented peripatetic instrumental teachers. On arrival girls are expected to try a couple of options before finding an instrument that they will enjoy learning.
Learning to play as part of a group or ensemble is important at Hanford. As so many girls choose to learn an instrument we are able to offer a lot of different groups to join. We have an Orchestra, Chamber Group and a Wind Band. They are sometimes invited to play for garden parties and village fêtes and always perform at the end of term concert on Parents’ Day.
Two or three times a year there are concerts at the school to which parents are invited. Every child sings in the school’s Carol Service. Girls leave Hanford with a love of music that we hope will carry them through their lives.