Music at YDS

We are very fortunate at Ysgol Dewi Sant to have an exceptional Music team where there is a great deal of fantastic music making of all kinds!

The school places considerable importance on the development of music and a large number of students participate in music and drama activities. We enjoy everything from rock and pop bands to string quartets, from classical music concerts to our recent full-scale production of ‘Joseph and his Technicolor Dreamcoat’.

The Music Department is based in the main school building boasting spectacular views of the Pembrokeshire countryside and sea. The main classroom is spacious and equipped with keyboards and a continuous programme of development and upgrading further enhances the school’s facilities. The Music Department operates from high quality rooms, boasting modern technological developments alongside all the traditional aspects of music making.

The Music Department’s success has been built on a long-term commitment to ‘Music For All’. We are committed to giving access to as broad a range of activities as possible to all pupils in the school. ‘Music for All’ has built up a fine reputation for regular concerts and stage productions. These include the annual Carol Services held in St Davids Cathedral and a long tradition of stage musicals, played to full houses and produced to professional standards.

The school runs the following musical opportunities for all students to get involved in;

  • School orchestra
  • Senior and junior choirs
  • Senior and junior brass bands
  • Jazz group
  • String orchestra
  • Numerous chamber music groups
  • Pop/rock groups

Instrumental lessons at Ysgol Dewi Sant

We are very fortunate at Ysgol Dewi Sant to offer a wide range of instrumental lessons provided by Pembrokeshire Instrumental Services. Students are entered for instrumental music examinations set by the Associated Board of the Royal School of Music and may be auditioned for places in County and National Choirs and Orchestras.

Pupils can learn:

  • All Woodwind instruments
  • All Brass instruments
  • Tuned and kit percussion
  • Violin, viola and cello
  • Guitar and Bass
  • Harp
  • Voice

Cathedral Choristers

The school is very proud of its historical links with the Cathedral. Earliest references to the present choristers dates to 1132. The present Cathedral Choir is unique in the UK, in that its top line consists of girls aged 8-18, many of whole are students are Ysgol Dewi Sant, The Cathedral Boys choir is also made of up of students from Ysgol Dewi Sant and the other feeder primary schools.

Some of the success in our school

Aled Meredith-Barrett has recently been offered a place to study at the Royal College of Music in London. Aled is also a member of the National Youth Orchestra, National Youth Brass Band of Wales, ERW Youth Orchestra, Pembrokeshire County Youth Orchestra, Brass Band and Concert Band and the award winning Goodwick Brass Band.

Amy Barwick is head chorister at St Davids Cathedral, a member of the National Youth Choir, National Youth Choir of Wales, ERW Youth Choir and Orchestra, Pembrokeshire Youth Choir and Orchestra and hopes to study music at University.
Pianist Jocelyn Freeman has been described as “outstanding”, “brilliant” and “One to Watch” by International Piano Magazine. She studied music at Ysgol Dewi Sant and went on to study at the Royal Academy of Music. On graduating from the Royal Academy of Music in 2011 she was awarded the DipRAM and was a multiple prize-winner in the accompaniment competitions during her studies there. She was then awarded a Junior Fellowship at the Royal College of Music in 2012. Her competition successes have also included the Gold Award at the Marlow International Concerto Competition and the Instrumental Blue Rhiband at the National Eisteddfod.

Lillie Flynn left Ysgol Dewi Sant to study drama and music at the Webber Douglas Academy of Drama & Art before taking a place at the Central School of Speech and Drama. Lillie has played many roles on stage in the West End.