Music at St Joseph’s is thriving:  all the children in year 3 learn the descant recorder,and many continue into year 6 where they have the opportunity to learn the treble and tenor recorders.

We offer tuition in violin, cello, double bass, flute, clarinet and saxophone. All the children who learn an instrument (including the recorder) take part in the annual concert in June, and once they have achieved the required standard they are invited to join the school orchestra.

If the children work hard they achieve a very good standard and are entered for external examinations.

We have a choir which performs at important events (including the Deanery Mass at St George’s Cathedral) and presents a themed concert which includes poems and readings as well as songs.

And as an added bonus, Mr Abbs runs a jazz class here on Wednesday evenings.

“Fascinating Rhythm” is a class for adults with good basic instrumental skills who wish to become familiar with reading and playing jazz rhythms and styles (including improvisation skills). They play twice a year at the Gipsy Tavern, with occasional additional performances.