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St Mark's Catholic School

St Mark's Catholic School

Music

Music is very important at St Mark's School and it makes a big contribution to the life of the school. All Students who are involved in Music making in school wear red music badges to celebrate their commitment and talent.

The department encourages and nurtures music making by young people and to gives them access to as many different musical experiences as possible.

All students at St Mark's School have music lessons once a week in year 7, 8 and 9. We have thriving GCSE, in which we cater for all types of musicians Rock or Classical.

All students have access to Rock School. Students receive tuition on the instruments and band craft.  Rock School students perform in a termly Live Lounge concert that is recorded and uploaded to the school Soundcloud. Students also perform in the Rock School concert at the end of the year.

The facilities consist of a professional quality recording studio, ensemble room, live room, five practice rooms, Drum room and music technology suite with 20 Apple Macs with the most recent software: Sibelius, Garage Band and Logic.

All rooms have been acoustical treated to provide the highest quality audio performance. This is one of the most advanced Music suites in the borough.

Every week a number of activities take place in school time and as extra curricular lessons.

  • Logic Club
  • Jazz Club, after school on Wednesdays
  • Studio Sessions with free booking time with an engineer
  • Rock school
  • Steel Pans
  • Orchestra, after school on Tuesdays and Thursdays
  • St Mark's Singers, Monday lunch time 
  • Wind Band
  • Composition club, every lunchtime from 1pm
  • Keyboard club, every lunchtime from 1pm
  • Rock School Rehearsal, every lunch time from 1pm

Lessons on Brass, Wind, Strings, Guitar, Percussion, Steel Pans, Rock School and Voice are available.

The department also puts on a fully staged musical every year in conjunction with the Drama department. Recent shows have included Fiddler on the Roof, Oliver!, The Sound of Music, Grease, Annie, Hairspray, Fame and The Wedding Singer. The shows runs for three nights and are usually sold out. 

The choir is very important at St Mark's. The choir regularly perform outside of school. Recent performances have included Joesph at the Brentford Leisure centre and "Young Voices" concert at the o2 Arena.

The orchestra also perform through the year and they also provide the music for the musical. Throughout the year students have the opportunity to work alongside professional musicians in masterclasses and side by side concerts.

Each year the department runs a Choir festival. We invite our Catholic Primary schools to perform two pieces of music. This is then followed by a massed choir performance. Recent performances have included; Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, Jesus Christ Superstar and Mamma Mia. 

The department also forged important links with professional musicians:

The Sonas Quartet have been working with students and members of the orchestra  

Soweto Kinch visited St Mark's for National Music Week. Giving a Jazz master class to Music students

English National Opera have also spent time at St Mark's working with students

Denys Baptiste who is a well known jazz saxophonist and ex-pupil is very much still in touch with the school performing his hugely successful "Let Freedom Ring !" Inspiring another generation of musicians.

The Hounslow Music Service also use our facilities for rehearsals and as a concerts venue.

London College of Music Students from the College work within the department as part of their course