PERFORMING ARTS - MUSIC, DRAMA & DANCE
Performing Arts are an integral part of both the curriculum and the extra-curriculum throughout the School, from our youngest learners in Reception, through to talented performers in the Sixth Form.
Opportunities abound for anyone with talent or passion or both - pupils and staff alike, and the School currently puts on around 20 peformances per year.
Click here to watch the Year 11 and Year 13 Drama students' performance of TEEN by Australian playwright Kristen Doherty, which was named 'Best Senior Production' in the ISA Drama Competition 2021.
Drama & Theatre
Farlington’s thriving Drama Department has an excellent reputation, with 100% of A-Level Drama students achieving grade A over the past four years, and a 100% pass rate in Year 9 for the Bronze Arts Award. Approximately half of Year 10 and Year 11 students at Farlington choose to take GCSE Drama.
A large number of students are enrolled in LAMDA classes from Prep through to Sixth Form, and the Year 9 Trinity Bronze Arts Award has a 100% success rate.
The Drama Department boasts sell-out productions every year, including Prep, Lower and Upper School productions, school musicals and NT Connections plays.
There are lots of other Drama activities on offer at Farlington, too, including Lower and Upper School Drama Club, regular theatre trips and even Performing Arts trips abroad, for example to New York.
Music is the most powerful universal language: more people ‘speak’ music than anything else, and it crosses barriers no other language could cross.
Music at Farlington is a vibrant and energetic department offering a host of extra-curricular activities in addition to enriching the academic curriculum. Our aim is for every pupil to develop their individual potential whilst benefiting from the key attributes associated with learning music: self-confidence, concentration, resilience, teamwork, leadership skills and communication skills. Individual lessons may be taken in voice, piano and most orchestral instruments.
Inclusivity is vitally important, and there are choirs and instrumental ensembles for all standards, regardless of age. In the Prep School, all pupils are given the opportunity to try out different instruments, and there are whole-class lessons on instruments such as recorder, ukulele and tuned percussion.
There are many concerts each term, from our informal "Open Platforms" to our termly fundraising events in the community. There are also full-school concerts, and frequent joint platforms for Music with Dance and Drama – as in our recent ‘Song and Dance’ spectacular, and our production of ‘The Sound of Music’.
Highlights of the Christmas term are always the Pre-Prep Nativity, the Prep Christingle, and the Senior School Carol Service.
Please click below to watch our wonderful 'Virtually Christmas' extravaganza, produced in December 2020 by the Farlington Music Department to replace the traditional Senior School Carol Service, which could not take place due to the Covid-19 pandemic.
Dance is taught within the P.E. curriculum, and ballet is available as an extra-curricular activity. The de Braam Ballet Academy supports our children, who are working towards their grade exams and a whole-school ballet performance is held at Farlington every two years.
Bronze Arts Award
Every year at Farlington, all students in Year 9 have the option to work towards a Bronze Arts Award as part of their Drama lessons. This is a national initiative, encouraging young people to explore the world of the Arts. The students work towards the Bronze Arts Award, collecting evidence in an individual Arts Log of their experiences of:
- Actively participating in a range of Drama activities
- A range of Drama organisations, actors and their work
- Experience of an Arts event and sharing their views
- Sharing their Drama skills
It isn’t just Drama activities that can count towards this Award, students can use Art, Music, Textiles, performances; anything, in fact, that is artistic and creative. Activities used in the past have been the school musical, Year 9-specific productions, watching live theatre performances and teaching others how to play the ukulele, to name but a few.