You have brains in your head, you have feet in your shoes. You can steer yourself in any direction you choose. You're on your own. And you know what you know. You are the guy who'll decide where to go.
Do boys like to perform?
Performance, whether in music or drama, will certainly build confidence and enthusiasm in your son. Horris Hill boys have enthusiasm and confidence in abundance and regularly win performance scholarships to public schools.
We measure the success of being an all-boys' school in a number of ways. One of these is to look at the enthusiasm our boys have for performing. Almost all our boys take individual music lessons as well as class music in our purpose-built Music School. Your son will have many opportunities to act, sing, or dance during his time at school in our formal productions and concerts, in the weekly form assemblies, or even our regular talent shows.
At Horris Hill we are very fortunate to have one of the finest Preparatory Music Schools in the country. The Music Department is housed in modern, purpose built premises comprising a chamber performance arena equipped with a grand piano, 23 practice rooms plus a computer and recording room. Most boys learn at least one musical instrument and take part in a variety of vocal and instrumental ensembles.
We have a Chapel choir for which boys must audition plus Orchestra, Jazz Group, String Group, Double Bass Group, Clarinet & Saxophone Group, Flute Group, Brass Group, Percussion Group and Guitar Group.
For one-to-one lessons we have 13 Visiting teachers:
Ms Kate Addis - Double Bass, Mr Gary Bentley - Drums, Ms Ana Borzone - Cello, Ms Elin Davies - Singing and Brass, Mrs Libby Johnston - Guitar (Acoustic, Electric and Bass), Mr Chris King - Drums, Ms Anne Law - Oboe, Ms Alison Lloyd - Piano & Bassoon, Mr Howard Nelson - Flute, Mrs Helen Page - Violin & Piano, Mrs Joanna Price - Clarinet & Saxophone, Mr Andy Smets - Brass, Mrs Vivianne Toll - Piano.
We will celebrate the opening of our fabulous new David Brownlow Theatre in Summer 2020
In Summer 2020 the school is opening a new, state of the art theatre, in which we aim to set new standards in prep school performing arts.
Whether your son is a natural performer or not, he will certainly be involved in our performances. Maybe your son will be involved with the scenery, the lighting or even the sound effects - or maybe he will be playing a central part! Drama plays a key role in developing confidence. Whatever career path they choose in later life, confidence for public-speaking and team spirit will be all-important.
Our boys enjoy weekly Drama and Lamda sessions with professionals from the Watermill Theatre.