Music

DIRECTOR OF MUSIC

Jonathan Bunney

Jonathan was appointed Director of Music at St. Anthony’s School in September 2016.

In 2015, Jonathan was awarded his Fellowship of the Royal College of Organists. Cathedral organ recitals have included Winchester, Chichester, Coventry, Sheffield, Liverpool and St. Paul’s Cathedral.

Jonathan began his musical education at the age of 12 at St Mary’s Church, Hayling Island, followed by three years as Hampshire County Council Organ Scholar at St Mary’s Church, Portsea, where he developed his church musicianship under the guidance of Nigel Stark. During this time he was also a student at the St Giles International Organ School, based at the historic church of St Giles, Cripplegate, where he was taught by Anne Marsden-Thomas. In 2000 he was awarded a scholarship to study at the Royal College of Music with Margaret Phillips. Prizes awarded included: the Kenneth Bruce Stuart Prize and Harold Darke Memorial Prize for Organ. Jonathan also participated in Masterclasses with Thomas Trotter and Dame Gillian Weir.

In 2004, he graduated with a Bachelor of Music (Honours) degree. In the same year, he was the Royal Hospital Church Music Scholar at the Royal Hospital, Chelsea, and in 2010 was awarded a Masters in Advanced Performance, with distinction and the Walford Davies Prize. Jonathan was previously Director of Music at Cameron House School in Chelsea from 2011-2014.

CURRICULUM

Music in the Junior House focuses on the key foundation elements of rhythm and pitch, including an introduction to:

* Composers;
* Instruments;
* Music Genres.

There is emphasis placed on vocal development and pupils ‘finding their voice’ through singing and other musical activities.

Music in the Senior House is divided in to a number of key areas including:

* Great Composers;
* Instruments of the Orchestra;
* Music Genres;
* Music Theory;
* Singing and Vocal Development;
* Musical of the Term;
* Composition using Sibelius and Audacity;
* Aural Skills;
* Performing and Keyboard Skills.

The curriculum continues to focus on vocal development while pupils gradually become more
aware of Music Technology and composition skills during their time in the Senior House.

CHOIRS

The Senior Choir rehearses on a Tuesday morning at 8.30am and is for Years 4 and above. Repertoire includes a wide variety of genres from musical songs to hymns, anthems and secular tunes.

The Chamber Choir is for Years 5 and over and is by invitation/audition only. Repertoire includes more advanced music, songs from the shows and anthems. Members learn to sing in parts, including the pitching of descants.

In the Junior House, there are frequent opportunities for singing led by staff, including a whole school singing session on Thursday mornings at drop off and singing groups which meet regularly. These provide excellent preparation for transition to the Senior Choir.

There is a Music Theory Club on Mondays at 8.30am where boys can gain extra tuition on their theory work in preparation for Grade 5 and they learn also to use the music program, Sibelius. All grades welcome.

MUSICAL ENSEMBLES

Throughout the week there are several music ensembles which rehearse, including a String Group, Jazz Band, Recorder Ensemble and Rock Group.

During the academic year boys have the opportunity to perform in both a Senior and Junior House Concert.

PERIPATETIC TEACHING

The school is visited by an impressive range of instrumental teachers who teach throughout the course of the school day. For further information about our visiting staff, please access the information below:

Music Stars