We are thrilled to see pupils who starting playing musical instruments whilst at Hayes Primary School continuing their enjoyment of music as they move on to secondary schools.
A previous Hayes Primary pupil Leo Nelson, who has is just started Year 11 at Hayes School, started playing the piano in lessons at Hayes Primary School (HPS) in YR3. He has got Grade 5 and is doing Music GCSE at secondary school. Leo played in lots of musical concerts at HPS and was lucky enough to sing at the Royal Albert Hall and the O2 with the HPS school choir.
At Hayes School he has played in the Junior Jazz band and sings in the boys’ choir – Boy Vox – and went to Madrid on Music Tour. Leo regularly performs at Music Fest where students can choose to do whatever they want. Leo has performed (vocals and piano) versions of Sky Fall, The Lazy Song by Bruno Mars and Psycho Killer by Talking Heads, sometimes on his own, sometimes with friends.
Leo also enjoys the drums and has recently taken up the Clarinet. It’s amazing he manages to fit it all in as Leo plays basketball too! He plays for two school teams (U16, U18) and for a club where he trains twice a week and has matches every weekend. Leo’s recently been selected to play for London U15 team in the England Basketball tournament in Manchester in September.
Emma started playing the clarinet in Year 4, taking lessons during school days at Hayes Primary. Since then, she has attained Grade 8, plays in the Hayes School Concert Band and is co-leader of the Hayes School Jazz Band. She also plays in the Bromley Youth Symphony Orchestra and Bromley Youth Concert Band.
Emma was active in the Hayes Primary School choir, which gave her amazing experiences like performing at the Fairfield Halls, the Royal Albert Hall and once accompanying André Rieu in a concert at the O2. She was also a member of the Hayes Primary School orchestra which helped her to develop ensemble skills early on. Now, she is a member of every choir possible at Hayes School, including the Chamber Choir.
Being involved in music both at school and BYMT has provided her with a wealth of opportunities such as travelling to several European countries on music tours. In 2017, she was in the BYMT Concert Band that competed in the World Music Contest at Kerkrade in the Netherlands and this year they are performing at the World Music Festival in Lisbon, Portugal.