This week we were treated to a lunchtime concert entitled ‘Summertime’ given by some talented staff from AGGS. This is a first for the school and came about as a result of Ms Mayall discovering that Mrs Butt (Trips co-ordinator) is an RNCM vocal music graduate in pop/jazz.
Thanks go to all 7 performers who gave up their time to rehearse for this event: Mrs Dickinson (voice), Mr Hodgson (banjo/voice), Mrs Hulme (voice), Mrs Stokes (cello), Mrs Butt(voice) and Ms Mayall (piano). Repertoire ranged from a piano Rachmaninov prelude to main song from Whistle down the Wind. Mrs Stokes also played Summertime on her cello, in keeping with the theme.
Thanks also to Miss Bown for assisting us with sound and photos and to Mrs Brennan and Mrs Butt for co-ordinating the flyer/programme.
80 girls performed in this annual Summer concert – a smaller event as many of the older girls are not in school, but nevertheless full of variety and quality of performances.
The programme included some very promising Y7 soloists, 3 Y10 GCSE soloists, Saxophone Ensemble, Jazz Band, Junior Choir and String Orchestra. Also Recorder Ensemble and Junior Strings – both led by students.
Many Y11 and Y13 students returned from their study leave to perform in String Orchestra and Recorder Ensemble. The former’s programme of very high calibre, with Anna T (Y11 and studying singing at the Junior RNCM) performing a Handel aria, accompanied by the String Orchestra, and a piece composed by a former parent, Adrienne Spilsbury (mother of Cerys and Ffion).
Junior Choir performed a 10 min fun cantata : Rooster Rag, describing the entertaining journey of a hen, rooster and cunning fox, using solos/choruses and some entertaining images on the screen. Thanks go to the Art Dpt for excellent masks and also the caretaking team, reprographics, staff helpers and PTA/World Challenge team for all of their support, without whom we could not put these kind of events on.
Maddie H, a Year 10 GCSE musician, performed at the Closing Ceremony of this year’s combined BFET Sports Day. She sang and played the guitar in front of a large crowd, which was a fantastic way of closing the day, and a great experience for her.
Congratulations to all 170 students from Y7 through to Y13 who performed in our Spring Concert – the standard and variety of performances was really impressive.
Particular thanks are due to our Sixth-Formers who lead so many: Flute ensemble, Wind Band, Recorder ensemble, Junior Strings and Guitar ensemble. First and second orchestras, Junior and Senior Choirs, Saxophone ensemble and very many soloists also performed and we are all very proud of you.
Thanks also to our dedicated music staff, helpers and associate staff who do so much to support the concert, including the PTA/World Challenge team providing refreshments.
A DVD of this evening is available to order – please contact Reception should you wish to do so.
Congratulations to our GCSE and A level students who showcased performances and compositions at our Senior Recital – ready for coursework submission at the end of this term. Several of our Y13 students are looking forward to visiting The Manchester Grammar School next week, with their string quartets, ready to be critiqued by Manchester University’s resident Danel’s quartet – a vital part in the compositional process in hearing music performed live.
Congratulations also to Chamber Choir who performed Howard Goodall’s ‘Out of the Deep’ based on a setting of Psalm 30 and Sarah Quartel’s ‘Songbird’. And also to String Orchestra who performed JS Bach’s A minor violin concerto, with Chi-Yu Yu as soloist.
Some excellent singing and playing all round – well done!
Every Y7 attended a very enjoyable annual Halle concert at the Bridgewater Hall, linking to the SOW on orchestral instruments. The theme this year was ‘Music from the British Isles’ and they heard an excellent performance of Britten ‘Young Person’s Guide to the orchestra’.
This was an opportunity to take the entire year group to the Bridgewater Hall , which is one of the best concert halls in the UK, as many of the students have not been there ever before.
At lunchtime today we were treated to a wonderful piano recital, given by Mr Richard Fagg. Students and staff were treated to a fantastic concert of Chopin, Debussy and Beethoven – a lovely treat just before our half term holiday.
Richard, a professional pianist and composer, travelled up from Kent to showcase a composition he wrote for a set piece in the AGGS Dance show. He generously performed both the lunchtime concert and also delivered a composing workshop with our Y10 students.
Thanks must go to Richard for his expertise, talent and generosity in sharing this with our AGGS students.
Our Christmas concerts this year showcased just over 200 girls performing in all 16 choirs, orchestras, bands and ensembles. Our A level musicians featured as soloists, in addition to Hannah Addenbrooke as new Y7 bassonist and Eleanor New as Y8 double bassist. The atmosphere was wonderful with packed halls both evenings.
It is hard to pick out the highlights, as there were so many and every single performer deserves praise. However, the first performance of the Y10 Melodivas, String Orchestra’s ‘St Pauls’ suite’ by Holst, Chamber Choir’s ‘Stars’ (complete with tuned glasses!), the newly formed brass ensemble and the final combined Junior and Senior choir ‘Christmas lullaby’ have to be mentioned as real highlights.
Thanks must go to all the music staff, instrumental teachers, associate and caretaking staff and Miss Bown for her technical expertise, without whom none of this would have been possible.
Looking forward to hearing soloists, choirs, flute and brass ensemble performing at the Carol Service at St Mary’s church, Bowdon on Tue 20th December.