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Why should I join a music ensemble (group) or activity at La Retraite?

  1. If you are learning to play an instrument in school then you have to play in a group to qualify for the school’s contribution towards lesson fees.
  2. Playing and singing in a concert or show is not only good for your musical development, but also your confidence.
  3. It is a really good way to meet students from other classes and year groups.
  4. When you are applying for university or a job it shows that you have experience of working in a team and are willing to get involved in things.
  5. It is a fun thing to do and you can use your experiences as items to contribute to your PIXL edge and D of E records!


What ensembles and activities can I play/sing in at La Retraite?

Please speak to a member of the music staff if you are interested in joining any of the ensembles/activities listed below.  Auditions typically take place at the beginning of term, but new members are always welcome to audition later in the term.  Please also see news of auditions and rehearsals in daily registration notices.

Ensemble/Activity Entry Requirements Day Time(s) Venue
Woodwind Ensemble By audition Mondays Lunchtime A9 Music Dept.
Junior Chorus (Years 7&8) By audition Mondays & Fridays Lunchtime Chapel
Orchestra By audition Mondays 3:15pm to 4:30pm Chapel
Junior Gospel Choir By audition Tuesdays 3:!5pm to 4:!5pm Chapel
Stage Musical (from March) By audition Tuesdays & Wednesdays 3:15pm to 5pm Arnold Centre
Samba Drumming By audition Wednesdays Lunchtime A8 Music Dept.
Senior Chorus (Year 9+) By audition Wednesdays 3:15pm to 4:30pm Chapel
Junior String Ensemble By audition Wednesdays Lunchtimes A9 Music Dept.
Music Theory (ABRSM) Open to all Thursdays Lunchtime A8 Music Dept.
Rock Band By audition Thursdays 3:30pm to 4:30pm A9 Music Dept.
Senior String Ensemble By audition Fridays 3:15pm to 4:30pm A9 Music Dept.
Senior Gospel Choir (Year 9+) By audition Fridays 3:15pm to 4:45pm Chapel


What musical performances take place at La Retraite?

Music students perform regularly throughout the school year at the following events:

  • Chapel services – Holy Mass, Feasts and Assemblies
  • Concerts – Christmas, Spring and Summer
  • Lambeth Music Festival – orchestra and choirs perform at the annual concert series held at the Royal Festival Hall
  • External events – regularly at St Bernadette’s School next door, charitable performances in the local community, and more
  • Stage Musical
  • Open Evenings and Prize Giving events
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