Music is highly valued at St James with Mozart, Vivaldi and Purcell in the repertoire as well as many traditional songs.

Every class has three short singing periods of music per week and all the children in Y4 learn to play the recorder. There is a lively school orchestra, guitar club and small wind group, as well an Upper Junior Choir, which everyone can join.

The majority of children choose to take private music tuition on a weekly basis, which take place during the school day. A team of 12 peripatetic teachers offer lessons in brass, cello, clarinet, flute, guitar, violin and piano, where grades 1 – 5 are reached. 

Our Monday morning Music Assembles are delightful; the children play for each other or listen to a visiting musician. Parents are most welcome to come to these assemblies, as well as any of the many musical concerts that take place throughout