In addition to our core music
curriculum which explores a wide variety of genres, we provide students with regular opportunities
to engage with music as part of our extra-curricular programme. We normally hold an instrumental taster
day at the beginning of each academic year in collaboration with Richmond Music Trust (RMT). On this day,
our new Year 7 students are given a demonstration by professional musicians on a wide selection of
instruments and have the chance to try them out. For students who already play an instrument, there is an
opportunity to take part in a large orchestral session.
Take up of instruments at Turing House is high, both inside and outside of school. We usually have an
orchestra, choirs, band, and music technology club. Increasingly, students are managing small ensemble
groups themselves which is an important part of their independence and musical development. Students are
encouraged to compose their own work which might involve exploring music technology or managing music and
arts projects and to perform it publicly where possible.
Students have various performance and composing opportunities, encompassing a variety of musical genres,
both within the school and in collaboration with Borough and other providers. We normally have at least
two concerts a year - at Christmas and in the Summer term - and regular lunchtime musical sessions at a
local community centre. We usually participate in the RMT orchestral and choral events held annually at St
Mary's University and The Rose Theatre. Wherever possible we draw on the expertise of professional
musicians and offer the students opportunities to work with them.