The importance of singing for young children has always been recognised at St Philomena’s. Singing together as a choir builds the St Philomena’s community, boosts individual confidence and supports social and emotional well-being. Music helps to accelerate brain development in the processing areas of speech, language and reading. It expands vocabulary, aids concentration, encourages the development of a child’s imagination and creativity and develops clearer speech.
At St Philomena’s we sing together as a whole School three times a week, and everyone is included.
We take great pride in our reputation for having an outstanding choir. Led by our choir mistress and vocal coach, the junior and senior choirs have made several television appearances, both for the BBC and ITV. They perform at numerous events throughout the year. In 2020 they won the Sudbury Music Festival, sang at Duxford Imperial War Museum and the Rotary Carol Concert. We also invited members of our local community in to school to commemorate the 75th anniversary of the D Day landings where the choir performed a rendition of war time songs as part of the afternoon.