Performing Arts

Winchester Junior Girls Performance Arts

There are so may opportunities for your daughter to become involved in performing arts at Withington.

Winchester Junior Girls Performance Arts Music

There are two full-scale productions a year that include all Junior pupils.

We also have a team of dedicated teachers, many of whom are professionals themselves, who provide the opportunity for individual lessons. With many different groups and ensembles to join, there really is something for everyone.


Music is an integral part of life in the Junior School. All pupils participate in music lessons with specialist teachers and our extra-curricular opportunities mean that they can gain a variety of different musical experiences. Pupils also perform in assemblies and recital evenings.

We want all pupils to feel the joy of being able to share music with others. Whatever their level of skill, participation enables them to work as a team, build confidence and enjoy the thrill of performance.

“Music gives a soul to the universe, wings to the mind, flight to the imagination, and life to everything.” – Plato

There are thriving musical Junior ensembles including a harp ensemble. Withington has the largest harp department of any school across the UK, with students from Juniors upwards learning to play. Our pupils were thrilled to take part in the first Manchester Harp Festival alongside harpists from around the world.

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Ensembles include:

  • Strings
  • Flute
  • Choir
  • Steel Pans
  • Harp
  • Orchestra
  • Oboe
  • Percussion
  • Guitar

Our Junior Choir are current champions of the Association of Junior Independent Schools’ singing competition. The choir also take part in Manchester Sings, the community singing project we organise and host each year at Manchester Cathedral.

Individual music lessons with our fantastic team of committed visiting teachers are available across a whole range of instruments and take up is high, with over half of our Junior pupils taking instrumental or vocal lessons. Please note, there is an additional charge for these lessons.


Through using drama to aid teaching in subject areas and through extra-curricular drama, our pupils will be encouraged to be imaginative, think and act creatively and to learn how to listen and to respond to each other.

Pupils can join our Drama Club and we also offer the opportunity to take up lessons through the London Academy of Music & Dramatic Art (LAMDA) programme. These classes are taught by members of the LAMDA team, all of whom are professional actors or drama practitioners. There is a charge for LAMDA lessons.

We also welcome visiting performers to school. Every year the Young Shakespeare Company bring Shakespeare to life for our pupils. Their interactive approach ensures that our pupils are thoroughly engaged in discovering how classic drama is still accessible and relevant for us today.

Ballroom Dancing

If dance is a passion for your daughter, she may be interested in taking ballroom dance lessons led by a professional ballroom dancer. Pupils recently enjoyed incredible success at their first Ballroom and Latin Dance Competition. There is a charge for the ballroom dancing lessons.

Junior School Show Junior School Show Manchester Sings 2023 Manchester Sings 2023 Manchester Harp Festival Manchester Harp Festival
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