Music Teachers at Sulivan

Curriculum Class Music Teacher (Full-time) – Mrs Alexandra Critchley

Piano Teacher (Mondays) – Miss Katy Penney

Brass Teacher (Tuesdays) – Mr Jonathan Enser

Drum Kit Teacher (Tuesdays) – Mr Jonathan Enser

Guitar Teacher (Tuesdays) – Mr Joe Murgatroyd

Woodwind Teacher (Tuesdays) – Mrs Alexandra Critchley

String Teacher (Thursdays) – Mrs Karen Hayes


Instrument Lessons at Sulivan

Children are invited to learn to play a musical instrument in a small group setting from Year 3 onwards. Children are timetabled a half an hour lesson each week with a maximum of four children in each group. Instruments can be provided from the school for children to take home in order to practice, and each child is provided with their own practice diary to keep a record of their practice and progress throughout the year. As the school heavily subsidises our instrument provision, we ask parents to pay only £4 per lesson which can be paid via ParentPay.

Instrument Results

2017 – 2018:  56% of KS2 are currently learning instruments

2016 – 2017: 52% of KS2 learnt an instrument

Summer term 2017 results – 100% pass rate

Kiersten Aitkin Violin Grade 1 Merit
Liam Fitzgerald-Sosa Cello Grade 1 Pass
Jemima Heath Flute Grade 3 Merit
Farah Karabulut Flute Grade 2 Pass
Daniele Simon Flute Grade 2 Pass
Malak Chelqi Flute Grade 1 Pass
Elisha Wagaba Flute Grade 1 Pass
Keira Yeung Flute Grade 1 Pass
Rebecca-Grace Iyefa Clarinet Grade 2 Pass
Isaiah Iyefa Trumpet Grade 2 Pass
Chante Ikenye Piano Grade 1 Merit
Kyle Drakes Piano Grade 1 Pass
Lola-Rae Nelson-Crookshank Piano Step 1 Merit
Omar Shahin Piano Step 1 Distinction
Keira Yeung Piano Prep Test Pass


Music Ensembles at Sulivan

Children are invited to join one of our school ensembles which take place on Tuesdays after school (3.30 – 4.30pm). These groups are run by our instrumental teachers and are free for children to join. Children can sign up at the beginning of each term and are strongly encouraged to do so if they are taking part in instrumental lessons.

Autumn term 2017 music clubs on offer…

Orchestra – for children in years 3 to 6

Jazz Band – for children in years 4 to 6

Rock Band – for children in years 5 and 6



Archived Music News from 2015 – 2016

December 2015
Sulivan Choir sing at Manor Court

Members of our choir visited Manor Court on Wednesday 16th December to sing at their coffee morning. They sang a medley of Christmas songs and gave a surprise performance of ‘Happy Birthday’ for one of the residents.

Sulivan Choir sing at Manor Court

Tri-Borough Christmas Festival Concert at the Town Hall

Our choir did us very proud at the Hammersmith Town Hall with their super singing! On 11th December, over 400 children sang as part of the Tri-Borough Christmas Festival. Repertoire included songs in Spanish and Latin, as well as some well-known Christmas carols. Malak Chelqi (Year 5) was invited to do a reading and did a great job. Well done to all the children involved!

December 2015 Tri-Borough Christmas Festival Concert at the Town Hall

Christingle Service at St. Matthew’s Church

We were delighted to be invited to the Christingle Service at St Matthew’s church. It was another special event for our families and the church was packed! William led the service with some helpful additions of a camel and a surprise appearance of a life size Christingle orange! Our Christingle choir performed two carols and received rapturous applause from the audience. Well done to the choir who sang so beautifully.

Christingle Service at St. Matthew’s Church

Orchestra Open Rehearsal

On 1st December we invited parents to come in and see our first full orchestra rehearsal! After 9 weeks of rehearsing in separate ensembles, we brought all 60 children together and what a great sound they made!

Orchestra Open Rehearsal

November 2015
Choir preparations for the Tri-Borough Christmas Festival Concert

On 13th November we were very lucky to have a visit from Sara Cluderay from the Tri-Borough Music Hub. She worked with our Festival Choir in preparation for their concert at the Hammersmith Town Hall in December. We now have lots of new songs to practice to get ready for the concert!

Choir preparations for the Tri-Borough Christmas Festival Concert

October 2015
Tuesday Night is Music Night!

This term we have introduced four new music ensembles that rehearse every Tuesday which include a string, brass, woodwind and guitar ensemble. These clubs are open to children in key stage 2 who already take part in weekly instrument lessons. The ensembles are run by our peripatetic team and are free for children to join. We are delighted that 50 children have signed up this term and look forward to their debut performance!

Tuesday Night is Music Night!

Hobgoblin Theatre Visit

Years 5 and 6 were involved in a drama workshop on 12th October with actors from the Hobgoblin Theatre. The workshop was based around their Victorians topic. Can you spot Oliver Twist, Queen Victoria and some scared school children?! The professional actors will be visiting the children again soon to perform a play called ‘The Workhouse Boy’.

Hobgoblin Theatre Visit

Primary Proms Concert at the Royal Albert Hall

On 7th October children from Years 3 and 4 visited the Royal Albert Hall to watch the Primary Proms concert. They saw a wide range of music from folk choirs to sitar ensembles, and enjoyed singing during the audience participation activities. Luca (Year 3/4R) said “The bit I liked the best was seeing the French Horns in the orchestra. I’d never seen them before”.

Primary Proms Concert at the Royal Albert Hall

September 2015
Instrument Demonstration Assembly

On 15th September, we invited our peripatetic teachers in to host an assembly where Key Stage 2 children were able to learn about the different instruments. All children in Key Stage 2 have an opportunity to learn to play an instrument in small group lessons and they can currently choose from violin, cello, flute, clarinet, trumpet, trombone and guitar. Thank you to our very talented team of peripatetic teachers who inspired 70 children to sign up for lessons! We look forward to their first concert.

Instrument Demonstration Assembly

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