Summer Concert 2017

Clifton Music Department would like to invite you to the Summer Concert 2017, with a showcase of talent from all year groups and some recently departed Year 11 students. Read more

Buy Your Battle of the Bands 2017 Tickets Now

Battle of the Bands is back and promises to be even better than last year!

Taking place on Thursday 11th May from 6.30pm, bands from schools across Rotherham will compete.  The Clifton bands are Astros, 2Barz, Harmonix, Mountain of Diamonds and Y8s Majestic Eagles!

Tickets are £3 for adults and £2 for pupils – these can be purchased in P5!

Battle of the Bands! Tickets go on sale today…

Battle of the Bands is back and promises to be even better than last year!

Taking place on Thursday 11th May from 6.30pm, bands from schools across Rotherham will compete.  The Clifton bands are Astros, 2Barz, Harmonix, Mountain of Diamonds and Y8s Majestic Eagles!

Tickets are £3 for adults and £2 for pupils – these can be purchased from today in P5!

Saxophone Success

We’ve got several pupils doing music exams at the moment.  Our first result came in today with Ross Denton achieving a merit in his grade 1 saxophone exam.
Well done, Ross!

Wickersley Music Festival 2017

HARMONIX Are Recruiting… Auditions Will Be Held Next Week!

Auditions to join HARMONIX – Wednesday 29th March 2017                                                               

Meet outside the first practice room on the Music corridor at 3:10pm

You will sing a song by yourself and a song with the group. We will then contact you telling you if you’ve made it or not.

You will need to learn one of these songs to sing by yourself:
Stay with me – Sam Smith OR Someone like you – Adele

The song you will need to learn to sing with the group is:
This is Gospel – Panic At The Disco

Speak to any of the people below to fill in an audition slip:
Charlie – Manager
Dayna – Co-manager
Alice – Co-manager

Click here to download the full information. 

Holocaust Memorial Day

On Friday 27th January one of our talented Year 8 singers, Vaniya Farooq, was invited to perform at the Holocaust Memorial Day in All Saints Square.  Attended by local dignitaries and the community, Vaniya performed beautifully at this prestigious event, bringing a tear to the eye of people watching.  Jane Cardie, organiser of the event and School Governor, said ‘Vaniya did the school proud, we were honoured to have her sing at the event ‘.

Holocaust Memorial Day Rotherham

WPT Music Festival 2017

The entry form is now open for WPT Music Festival and Young Musician of the Year 2017.

Date: Thursday 16th March
Time: 7pm
Where: Wickersley School

Tickets are available from the Boxoffice or Positickets

Please complete this entry form if you wish to take part.


Clifton Christmas Concert 2016

Last night was our biggest Christmas Concert yet with over 50 musicians from Y7-11 performing to a packed audience of family, friends and staff!

Y9 band The Astros opened the show with their superb version of the Arctic Monkeys classic ‘A Certain Romance’. Mr Griffin’s Y7 choir followed with an enthusiastic rendition of ‘Santa Claus is coming to Town’. For several musicians this was their first event, and our beginner brass ensemble, Gabriella, Daniyal, Lubos and Michal, thoroughly enjoyed showing off their new skills by playing Jingle Bells. The accomplished Rock and Soul Bands also performed. Clifton Factor runner-up Vaniya Farooq sang, Ross Denton and Ellie Mae Evans played saxophone and flute, and Y10 Amy Burling performed ‘Last Christmas’.

There were highlight performances by our Music Leaders – Harmonix, led by Alice Hardy, performed ‘Somewhere only we know’. Alice also performed a stunning duet of ‘Say Something’ with Laura Johnson. Alijah Mustafa and Shohaib Shafia, otherwise known as 2Barz, pulled out all the stops for ‘Hear Dis’. Danielle Brownlow sang and played piano for her gorgeous version of ‘This is Gospel’, and Charlotte Caprani debuted her beautiful piano interpretation of ‘Demons’.

Several of our Y11 Rockschool musicians also took the opportunity to perform their exam pieces before their final performance in February. Matt Cooper produced an outstanding drum solo for ‘Uptown Funk’, Jack Dudhill performed the beautiful ‘Nuvole Bianche’ and Emily Wilkinson sang ‘In the Bleak Midwinter’. Josh Walker rapped ‘Slim Shady’ and Luke Poucher performed Robbie Williams’ ‘Party like a Russian’. Kieren Wilson, Courtney Lewis, Jan Karala and Megan Parkinson performed ‘Mardy Bum’ and Alice Ellinger showcased her piano debut of ‘When you wish upon a star’. Jan also performed ‘Blue Orchid’ with Sam Hough, before dazzling the audience with Hussen Mulhem as the awesome Mountain of Diamonds.

Our musicians have worked exceptionally hard in preparation for the concert and conducted themselves professionally backstage – well done to all involved!

Thankyou to all who came along and Merry Christmas!

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Why learn an instrument?

Benefits of learning a musical instrument

Learning any new skill is hard work, especially when it involves a musical instrument.  Budding musicians must devote hours to independent practise, learn how to fix mistakes and get used to the pressure of performing – but it is also highly rewarding!


This term the number of pupils participating in instrumental lessons has almost doubled with almost 100 pupils now on the instrumental register.  Pupils in KS4 receive funded tuition on their first instrument as part of the Rockschool Music Performance course, but there also been a dramatic increase in pupils choosing to start learning in Y7 and 8 with 18 pupils participating in beginner groups on brass, clarinet and violin.  This will eventually develop into our very own Clifton Orchestra!



Why learn an instrument?


 The vast benefits of learning a musical instrument have been consistently demonstrated in many scientific studies – it truly is one of the most rewarding activities on the planet.  Musicians not only enjoy their craft, it also develops an abundance of transferable skills including confidence, patience, resilience and communication.  It develops discipline and dedication as days, weeks and months can go by without noticing any real improvement.  It takes a real strength of character to make it through the initial frustrating stages of learning an instrument.  It can be painful, particularly when trying to force your fingers to learn new patterns on the piano or learning barre chords on the guitar.  Indeed, plenty of people fancy the idea of learning an instrument and think they should be making fantastic progress after just a few lessons only to become disheartened when they don’t see instant results.   If young players are willing to dedicate their time to regular practice so they can get through the difficult early stages of learning their first instrument, then they are showing true resilience and perseverance and setting themselves up for a lifetime of rewarding musical experiences.


Developing as a musician also has a positive impact on learning in other subjects.  Not only does playing an instrument focus the mind and develop confidence, it also develops physical dexterity, fine motor skills and coordination.  Muscle memory develops over time, increasing strength and agility – you only have to watch a guitarist’s fingers flying over the fretboard or a drummer during a complicated solo to be in awe of the hours of concentrated practise they have dedicated to their art.  Musicians must also be able to stay focused throughout a whole piece of music – it only takes a split-second of daydreaming to completely lose track of where you are.  Concentration and confidence will increase as technical skills improve which will also impact in other areas of life as well.


Perhaps most important of all, playing an instrument makes you happy.  It is exciting playing a riff at 100 miles an hour with a band and hugely rewarding that the hours of practise have paid off.  Playing can also calm you when you’re angry and pick you up when you’re feeling down.  It also develops community by allowing people from different cultures to communicate through a universal language.

For more information on instrumental lessons at Clifton, please contact Mrs Maud.