King James' School


The Music department offers a tremendous variety of musical experiences through our extra-curricular programme. ‘Music for All’ is our catchphrase and we encourage students to develop their performing skills on an instrument taught by one of our peripatetic staff, join in one of our ensembles or sing in one of the choirs. Our reputation for quality music-making is known county-wide.

The timetable of extra-curricular groups for 2017/18 is as follows.

 When and where? Group What is it? Who is it for?

Monday lunchtime (12.50-1.20pm)
Room Q8

Sing Up Junior Choir (Pop songs & musicals) Years 7 to 9
Everyone welcome
Monday after school
(3.30 to 4.30pm)
Room Q8
Senior Concert Band Senior wind group Years 9 & above
Grade 4 or above

Tuesday lunchtime
(12.55 to 1.20pm)
Room Q4

Music Technology Club Creating music using Garageband

Year 7 to 9
All abilities

Tuesday afterschool(3.30pm-4.30pm)
Room Q6

School of Rock Pop and Rock Band Skills

Beginners upwards

Wednesday lunchtime
(12.55 to 1.20pm)
Room Q6
Handbells Handbell group Years 7 to 9
Music Readers/Piano Players
Wednesday after school
(3.30 to 4.30pm)
Room Q8
Riverside Jazz Senior jazz group Years 9 & above
Grade 5 or above

Thursday lunchtime
Room Q8

Beat It Percussion Group All years mainly Percussionists
Thursday after school
(3.30 to 4.30pm)
Room Q8
Wind ´n´ Things Junior wind/strings group Years 7 to 9 - Grades 1 to 4

Each year we hold a Christmas concert and an Easter concert, which are well attended and showcase a diverse range of talent from Years 7 to 13. Our jazz band, Riverside Jazz, plays at a number of events throughout the year.

Each year, the school awards the Knaresborough Lions Commitment Cup for services to music. In 2016 this was awarded to Marie Quemerais for her dedication to music within the school and the community. A School of Rock award for commitment was presented to Aidan Kelly.

Listen to Riverside Jazz playing Louie Louie by Richard Berry