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Music plays a key rold in the life of all our children at Leighfield Academy.  Apart from lessons in music as a subject in the National Curricululm, children have the opportunity to receive individual and small group  instrumental lessons and perform as soloists or in ensembles.  We have a thriving school orchestra which rehearses after school (open to all children who have had a minimum of 1 years tuition on the instrument of their choice).  They perform at our Carol Concert and summer Music Evening which is always very well supported and a highlight of the Leighfield calendar.  We hope you enjoy looking at the photographs and news of our music as we go through the year.

Prom in the Playground (24/5/17)

Thankfully, the weather on the evening of our first Prom in the Playground music event was as beautiful as the music being played by our fabulously talented young musicians.  Children from Years 2 to 6 performed on an outdoor stage to a large crowd of picnicing parents, friends and teachers.  An amazing experience for eveyone.  A big thank you to Mrs Stepehnson (and Oscar) for organising the event, Mr Hern for suppling and operating the excellent sound system, Mr & Mrs MacFarlane (Rutland Music Hub) for preparing and conducting the Leighfield Orchestra, Mr Smith (Uppingham School) for preparing and accompanying the Leighfield Music Group, Mr Miller for accompanying some of our performers, all our peripatetic music teachers for their supoprt and everyone who helped in the setting up and dismantling of the stage and decorations...and not least, a MASSIVE 'well done' to all our wonderful performers.  Enjoy looking at the photo's in the gallery opposite.

Year 4 Recorder Jamboree

On 30th March 2017, Year 4 jumped on a coach and travelled with their recorders to the annual Recorder Jamboree held at the Rugby Club in Oakham.  Led by Mrs MacFarlane and an instumental trio (featuring  Sarah Watts, composer for recorder extrodinaire on keyboard!).  Together with two other invited classes from Rutland schools the children had a fantastic time playing some superb tunes accompanied by 'live' backing music.  Not only that, we all came away more knowledgeable about music notaion and different styles of music from rock to opera through to country, pop and jazz.  We were all blown away by Year 4's enthusiasm and expertise on their recorders.  Photos in the Gallery opposite.

Service of Celebration for Rutland, Peterborough Cathedral (26/2/17)

We were honoured to receive an invitation from the Lord Lieutenant and High Sheriff of Rutland to perform at the service of celebration for Rutland county held in Peterborough Cathedral.  Mrs Stephenson accompanied a small goup of children from across school who volunteered and beautifully sang a hymn during the service.  A fantastic opportunity to sing  in such a beautiful historic building.  A big thank you to Mr Wedge who kindly took photographs at the event (see gallery opposite).


High Sheriff of Rutland's Musical Safari (4/2/17)


Members of our Dead Poets Society perform songs at the High Sheriff of Rutland's Musical Safari through Uppingham.

Music Evening (22/6/16)

 Once again, Mrs Cable hosted a delightful informal evening of music at Leighfield when a large number of talented pupils from across the school presented  instrumental and vocal performances to a  packed audience of family and friends.  Huge congratulations to everyone who took part -and a big thank you to all the music teachers who came along - not only to support their pupils but to give a fine rendition of Rock Around the Clock!  Madeline Pickering was awarded the Leighfield Musician of the Year trophy.   As a special tribute to Mrs Cable who is responsible for music at Leighfield and shortly leaving school, members of staff sang a specially commissioned vocal score  (clever Mrs Roddy!) to the tune of 'Thank You for the Music'.  The evening rounded off with a fine rendition of Land of Hope and Glory.  An especially memorable evening for everyone.  More photos in the gallery opposite.




Music Extravaganza (18/4/16)

To allow all the children at Leighfield who are learning a musical instrument (whether in school or externally) an opportunity to play alongside fellow musicians, Mrs Cable masterminded Leighfield's first Music Extravaganza!  74 children brought along their instruments and music which they had been given to practice with their music teacher over a few weeks.   The result was a rehearsal brimming with brilliant teamwork and enthusiasm culminating in a performance to everyone in school.  It was an excellent experience for all the musicians and audience, some of whom were inspired to start learning an instrument and our current musicians were inspired to continue practising having realised the enjoyment that can be gained from playing in a group. The photographs in the Music Gallery are proof of the fun everyone had at our super music morning!


 Music Tuition (4/3/16)

Please open the various links at the bottom of this page for details of the instrumental tuition currently available at Leighfield Academy.




African Drumming Workshop (15/1/16)

The children in Reception and Years 1-3 all enjoyed individual class workshops with Keba who originates from Senegal and runs his own drumming business 'Nioko Bok'               who taught them African drumming.  Keba has been playing the djembe drum since he was 12 years old. We could certainly feel the beat all around school and the children thoroughly enjoyed demonstrating what they had been taught at a concert for parents at the end of the day.  Take a look in the Gallery by clicking the link opposite and read the report to see how our Reception children enjoyed themselves by following the document link at the base of this page.


  1. Drumming Newsletter-Reception 2016
  2. Piano Tuition letter, May 2016
  3. Music Tuition available at Leighfield 2016