The Lyndhurst Music Department has been running for over 8 years now and prides itself in providing the best possible musical tuition for children at Lyndhurst. We provide professional and experienced instrumental lessons on Piano, Drum Kit, Guitar, Saxophone, Flute, Clarinet, Recorder, and Cello with over one hundred children learning an instrument at present. Aside from the instrumental lessons that are paid for by parents we have three free schemes running in the music department; The Gifted & Talented Scheme (G&T), Special Educational Needs (SEN) and Pupil Premium. The G&T scheme is for children that show a degree of natural talent, the SEN scheme that provides lessons for children with Dyslexia, Dyspraxia, Autism and behavioural problems, and Pupil Premium that is for children with specific needs.
All year groups participate in singing every week and class music is taught from Nursery to Lower KS2. Other groups at school include The Lyndhurst Choir, Guitar Group, Ukulele Group, Staff Choir, String Ensemble and Wind Ensemble; plus we run lunchtime workshops for small groups of instrumentalists. We hold three concerts every year, a Winter Choir Concert, a Spring Instrumental Concert and an outdoor summer concert called The Playground Proms. All concerts showcase the children’s talents and provides a valuable community spirit for the parents, teachers and the school overall. As well as these events we perform a KS1 Nativity each year alternating between sacred and secular and a Year 6 musical production.
Over the years we have been fortunate enough to be involved with the LPO, Southwark Music Services, Wigmore Hall, The Globe Theatre, CYM, The Animate Orchestra, Multi Story Orchestra and The Royal Ballet Company on large-scale educational projects. Due to the instrumental level growing all the time we now have pupils being taught at Trinity & Laban College of Music, Royal College of Music and performing with CYM and The Animate Orchestra.
Pupils take instrumental grades right across the board; we have a 100% pass rate with a high percentage of children achieving merit or distinction in their exams; some pupils are taking Grade 4 and 5 before they leave and with the opportunities we provide many pupils apply for and receive music scholarships into secondary education.
Head of Music
Bmus (Hons) PGDip RWCMD
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Since graduating from Royal Welsh College in 2004 Avvon Chambers has gone on to play drums all around the world, touring and working with bands such as Tears for Fears, Mumford & Sons and Coldplay. Avvon is currently touring the folk circuit with James Edge and has been part of Sweet Baboo and Slow Club for many years, enjoying album releases, touring, recording radio sessions on the BBC and beyond.
He has also made televised appearances on Sunday Brunch, Sky Arts, BT Sport and the BBC. He has been teaching drums and guitar for over 15 years and has headed up the Music Department here at Lyndhurst since 2008. Avvon is committed to the learning and enjoyment of music across the curriculum and with the mass of experience and expertise in the department; he has no doubt that the Lyndhurst Music Department will go from strength to strength.
Adrian Taylor MA studied at UCL and the Institute of Education.
He is an experienced primary practitioner, pianist, organist and choir director, with diverse musical interests ranging from Gregorian chant and Renaissance choral music to contemporary jazz and gospel.
At Lyndhurst Adrian teaches, among other subjects, the National Curriculum of Study for Music. In 2014 he was elected to the Worshipful Company of Musicians, and is involved in the Company's Outreach programme, which seeks to bring school children into contact with the finest young performers.
Ashley Valentine started learning to play the piano at the age of seven, after his mum and dad heard him playing music from TV on a small keyboard they had bought him for Christmas!
Ashley then became a cathedral chorister and at the age of 12, a church organist. He went on to study music at the University of York and has been performing, composing and teaching music ever since.
After graduating from Trinity College in 1992 Andrew Waterworth has gone on to write and perform in many musical guises. Principal bass in the contemporary group Reservoir, performer and composer in the string sextet Instrumental, bass player in the duo Ben & Jason and double bassist in the acclaimed Drum & Bass band London Elektricity. Andrew is also one of London's leading session players having worked with many diverse artists including Paul Weller, Duffy, David Byrne and many more. He is currently touring the folk circuit with James Edge and writing, conducting and performing with Francesca Lombardo and Damian Lazarus from Cross Town Rebels conducting the Bangkok Symphony Orchestra, the Wilderness Orchestra and the Yucatan Symphony Orchestra, as well as being a committed member of The Penguin Café and Johnny Borrell’s Zazou. Andrew has over 15 years of teaching experience in guitar/piano/cello and double bass at all levels.
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