We encourage all pupils to contribute to school music in some way, whether through singing in a school choir or by playing an instrument in the school orchestra. We firmly believe that studying music from an early age helps develop concentration, co-ordination and confidence. It is also great fun!

Miss Botterill, a dedicated and enthusiastic musician, is our Music Leader. She is a chorister and talented musician, playing numerous instruments, from key to wind to strings.

Our children enjoy singing and form our whole school choir. It meets weekly to learn singing techniques and to practise its wide repertoire of modern and classic music. Twice taking part  in the amazing Young Voices mass choir of 6000 children held at the O2 Arena.


Charlton Mackrell Primary’s long-established and 35 strong school orchestra meets weekly. Miss Botterill leads the orchestra and over the years has performed at numerous music spectaculars and international conventions. Reaching the regional finals of the Music for Youth competition and taking part in a workshop at school with conductor and celebrity Charles Hazlewood.

We also have a chamber choir which meets once a week during curriculum time. The children sing at regular events, including the CLP Advent Concert in Somerton and in every Collective Worship and special church service.


Year 3 and Year 4 children enjoy weekly strings lessons led by Miss Botterill and a tutor from Somerset Music. These lessons and instrument hire are funded by the school, with some funding made available through the Wider Opportunities Music scheme and school funds. We are also fortunate to have a small fund called the Brymer Trust, which supports music tuition and can help with the cost of lessons and instrument hire. Parents may apply for support from the Brymer Trust.

​Individual and small-group tuition is also available for any pupils interested in a wide range of other string, wind and percussion instruments.