WELCOME TO KENTONCOLLEGE Preparatoty School
All pupils at Kenton College, Nairobi, study Music as part of the curriculum.
Music in any form is encouraged and those who are keen or talented are advised to take up an instrument or to sing.
The school currently has two choirs, 6 ensembles and an orchestra.
In order to get the most out of instrumental music or singing, a full commitment to rehearsal and practice is essential. Junior choir practice, under the leadership of the Director of Music, takes place on Tuesdays straight after lunch. The Choir, which currently boasts in excess of 40 members, performs every fortnight at a Friday Assembly. Membership of the choir is voluntary, but pupils wishing to be choir members must be auditioned by the Director of Music, and display commitment to the practices and performances.
The Senior Choir has its practice during Option time on a Thursday (during Michaelmas and Lent terms only - in Trinity Term practices are held at Lunch Break).
Though not as large as the Junior Choir, the Senior Choir sings at Friday Assemblies and represents the school at outside functions where a combined choir might also sing.
The Carol Service at Christmas is an important choir appearance, as is the Braeburn Music Festival and occasions when the Kenton Choir might sing in venues such as The Bomas of Kenya, the inter-school cantata (held every second year) or churches and concert halls in Nairobi.
Clarinet, String, Saxophone, Brass, Recorder and Flute ensembles comprise pupils (and staff) who have been learning their instruments for some time and are fairly confident players. Regular practices are held weekly and performances given throughout the year on suitable occasions.
The same applies to the School Orchestra, who often perform at the last assembly of the term. Learning a Musical Instrument - We recognise that playing a musical instrument can provide a profound and sensitive form of self-expression quite apart from raising the player's awareness, as a listener to music, to a new level. The confidence gained by an individual who plays an instrument well is of enormous benefit, while playing an instrument as part of an ensemble or orchestra can be viewed as the ultimate experience of team work in action.
All pupils at Kenton are taught to play the descant recorder in years 2 - 4, not only to give pupils an opportunity to learn an instrument, but also to encourage the reading of music.
Parents are asked to kindly provide a recorder for this purpose. Recommended makes of recorder are:
There are some very dubious ones in supermarkets with no brand name - these are merely toys and not proper musical instruments!
They can be purchased for about 500-800 kshs at:
Recordez - Yaya Centre
Or any reputable Music store - locally or abroad.
For information regarding peripatetic staff please look under the heading Music Extras.
Pupils from Kenton College, Nairobi, regularly participate in the Young Musician of the Year Competition (East Africa), which is often hosted at Kenton and in fact Kenton pupils have regularly won the Junior section. This year was the 20th edition of the Competition.
The School Orchestra attends a workshop held at St. Andrew's, Turi, in October each year, which is of great benefit to individual players as well as assisting in the creation of togetherness among players.
Tea Time Concerts are held throughout the year, giving every pupil in the school an opportunity to perform in public, either as a soloist or a member of a choir or ensemble. The concerts held in the Roger Owles Memorial Hall follow this programme: Michaelmas Term - Year 8, 7 and 6, Lent Term - Year 5 and 4 Trinity Term - Year 3 and 2. All Concerts now begin at 3.30pm.
Each year we enter pupils for the ABRSM Exams (Associated Board of the Royal Schools of Music) as well as LCM (London College of Music) and our percentage pass has been well over 85% most years.
As a charity contribution we also host the Butterfly Concert in the Michaelmas Term which helps to raise awareness and funds for health specialists who look after terminally ill patients in the setting of their own homes rather than in a hospice or hospital.
Kenton College also hosts rehearsal space for Nairobi Music Society Choir and Nairobi Orchestra and are proud to host the recitals organised by Nairobi Music Society, in addition.