Enniskillen Royal Grammar School will endeavour to provide a broad variety of musical activities for all of its pupils. Music has always had strong traditions in our two legacy schools, the former Collegiate Girls Grammar and Portora Royal Schools. We aim to build on these strong traditions and add to them by providing opportunities for Vocalists and Instrumentalists. This will be in addition to Music in the Curriculum which is accessed by all pupils in KS3 as well as available as an option at GCSE, AS and A Level.
There are strong choral traditions to build on and the development of these has recently been manifested in our ‘Inaugural Carol Service’. In December 2016 the Junior and Senior Choirs comprised over 120 pupils who performed a range of appropriate Christmas pieces including the exciting ‘Carol of the Bells’ as an Introit and Stopford’s beautiful arrangement of ‘A Christmas Blessing’ at the end of the Service in St Macartin’s Cathedral. Fermanagh Feis is up and running again this year after a two-year break and the Senior Choir (Years 11-14) will have the opportunity to compete in the local Choral Competition. Additionally there is opportunity for Senior pupils to attend a choral group as part of the Enrichment Programme.
Enniskillen Royal Grammar School also provides many opportunities for Instrumentalists. We have professional tuition provided through the EA Music Service for Brass, Strings and Woodwind players. Additionally the school provides tuition in Drum Kit, Guitar and Piano. There are a range of ensembles available for pupils including Brass and Woodwind Ensembles on both Cooper Crescent and Lough Shore sites. Brass and Woodwind Ensembles will also be competing in the Feis this year as well as a wealth of solo instrumentalists and vocalists. There is also a Brass Band which meets weekly as well as a Pipe Band. The Brass Band intends to compete in the Brass Band League of Northern Ireland for the first time in April 2017. Pupils are encouraged to attend additional ensembles through the Music Department working in conjunction with the EA Music Service. These ensembles include Junior and Intermediate Wind Bands, which rehearse weekly at Cooper Crescent. There is also opportunity to attend the Intermediate Strings Orchestra and we have a number of Senor pupils who have transferred to the EA Senior Youth Orchestra.
Enniskillen Royal Grammar School aims to take pupils into the wider community for events as well as bringing professional visiting musicians into school. Such events broaden the pupil experience and provide a platform to both perform and see professional musicians perform. Some events which we have taken part at in 2016-17 include: Amazing the Space (Erne Integrated College), FLive, Community performances for the Stroke Support Unit, Delamaine String Quartet Workshops, Duke of Edinburgh Award Scheme Diamond Anniversary Event and our Inaugural Carol Service in December. We also had the RAF Squadronaires ‘Big Band’ visit school in early January.
The Music Department at Enniskillen Royal Grammar School seeks to provide exciting and enjoyable experiences for our young musicians. Pupils are encouraged to attend music ensembles or choirs if they have an interest in developing their performance skills. Extra-Curricular Music provides a forum for pupils, in addition to their more formal study of music, to develop their full performance potential as well as making new friends and enjoying Music as a recreational hobby.