Hayes is well known for the quality and breadth of its music. Music pervades school life and there is a wealth of opportunities available. We have a thriving programme of extra-curricular events, with four choirs, two jazz bands, a concert band, a string group, a music tech club, and jam club and numerous opportunities for forming chamber and rock groups. We do at least six concerts in school every year, and also perform in the local community and further afield: every year our musicians go on tour, with our most recent tour taking place in Saxony, Germany. We collaborate regularly with the Drama department on a large-scale musical production – the most recent productions being Guys and Dolls, Little Shop of Horrors, Urinetown and Les Misérables. Our GCSE results are amongst the best in the school, and we offer both Music and Music Technology at A level. Our inspirational and well-qualified music staff include an A level examiner and a professional sound engineer.
The music department’s blog, with information on all extra-curricular activities, is at www.hayesmusic.blog
Our philosophy is:
• Tune in
• Get involved
• Take ownership
• Use information
• Ask quality questions
This is closely related to the acquisition of lifelong learning skills, and we firmly believe that participation in music is one of the best ways your child can develop as a learner and as a rounded individual.
Jane Werry (Director of Music, Specialist Leader in Education) studied music at Cambridge University, and worked in personal relations before doing a PGCE in music education at Goldsmiths’ College. Jane has been Director of Music at Hayes since 1999 and has built up the department to a point where it now has a considerable local and national reputation. In 2013, Hayes music department was a finalist in the Best School Music Department category of the prestigious Music Teacher Awards for Excellence.
Jane is also a senior moderator for AS level music, and has written study and revision guides for AS music for Rhinegold. She writes a column for Music Teacher magazine, and is co-author of Teaching Music: Practical Strategies for KS3 and Being a Head of Music: A Survival Guide. She is Music Subject Leader for Bromley Schools Collegiate, a Specialist Leader in Education, and a Musical Futures Champion Teacher.
When not teaching, Jane has an active musical life as a freelance soprano, appearing frequently in musical theatre and oratorio, as well as singing with a covers band and running a community ukulele group.
Olivia West (2 i/c Music) Music has always been part of Mrs West’s life ever since she started playing the piano at the age of 6. Whilst at school, she always took advantage of every musical opportunity presented to her which has led to performances with orchestras, choirs and chamber ensembles in St Paul’s Cathedral, the Purcell Room and the Barbican.
Olivia went to Leeds University to study for an undergraduate music degree and subsequently went on to Nottingham University to study for a Masters in Music. Here she majored in performance which culminated in an hour-long vocal recital specialising in the lieder of Hensel, Fauré and Schumann. After then moving on to Sussex University for teacher training, she joined Hayes School in 2009 as a newly qualified teacher. Since joining the energetic and dynamic music department, she began to teach herself the oboe and now plays this with the school Concert Band. With a passion for encouraging students in high quality choral singing, she organised and directed the first album of Hayes School Chamber Choir in 2014.
Out of school, she continues to play cello with the South East London Orchestra, enjoying new and varied repertoire and playing regularly in concerts.
Mark Tucker (Teacher of Music and Music Technology) left school at 18 to make tea in a recording studio in London. Mark quickly progressed through the ranks, and by the age of 21 became house engineer. Whilst working there for a further 10 years he recorded a wide variety of musical styles. This included small ensembles such as bands and chamber music, to recording the London Symphony Orchestra. A particular focus was recording for film and television.
After 10 years Mark worked as a freelance engineer and producer. This led to working with Bryan Ferry and the receiving of a gold disk and Grammy nomination. Amongst others, he also worked exclusively for the British film director Mike Figgis producing numerous films scores. Mark also completed many world music albums. This has involved location recording in India, Cuba and the Middle East. In 2007 Mark setup a record label that continues to release music today.
In 2010 Mark began helping a local school provide the Edexcel Music Technology course. This introduced him to the world of teaching. Wanting to pursue a career in this field, Mark completed a degree in Humanities with Music Specialism (BA Hons) at the Open University. Mark went on to train as a teacher through Bromley Schools Collegiate, and is now an Achievement Co-ordinator at Hayes.
Mark continues to work as a record producer, as well as playing trumpet in local dramatic society productions.
Emma Foster (Teacher of Music) first discovered a love for music whilst at primary school. Her future as a violinist ended as quickly as it started after taking a violin home for just one weekend and being instructed by her family to return it! A second attempt with a clarinet was thankfully, far more successful, and she still enjoys playing today. As she progressed through her time in education, she took full advantage of all the musical activities on offer from school choirs and orchestras, to various ensembles with the Croydon Schools Music Centre.
Whilst studying for a geography degree at the University of Reading she was a member of the Symphony Orchestra and Choir, and she sung with the University of Nottingham Choir whilst there completing her teacher-training qualification.
She joined Hayes School in 2011 as a geography teacher and soon became involved in the music department by playing in the concert band, running clarinet quartets and taking part in the school music tours. This year, after almost twenty years of teaching, she made the move from teaching geography to teaching music and has enjoyed the challenge of learning new ways of teaching. She feels privileged and proud to have joined such an innovative, inclusive and vibrant music department.
In her spare time, Emma has an active musical life through her children's involvement with the Bromley Youth Music Trust, as well as her own involvement in local community ensembles. She currently plays with the Lewisham Concert Band.
Hayes musicians (past, present and future) perform Steal Away during lockdown