Category Archives: External events

External events

Lancashire Chamber Orchestra Concert

LCO Autumn Concert 2017 featuring David Keating on the Guitar:

LCO Automn Concert, November 2017, AGGS Main Hall
LCO Automn Concert, November 2017, AGGS Main Hall

Sunday 19th November, 3pm, AGGS Main Hall. Free to AGGS students.

Joint Netflix choir project for upcoming ‘Safe’ Netflix series

Joint Netflix choir project for upcoming 'Safe' Netflix series

The project began life on A level results day when I was asked if we were interested in providing a choir for an episode of an upcoming Netflix series ‘Safe’ – and could I find some suitable haunting music for a short assembly scene, ideally not in copyright!

Joint Netflix choir project for upcoming 'Safe' Netflix seriesAfter much consultation with other musical/choir friends, Red film company unanimously liked the beautiful English madrigal we chose – ‘Weep o mine eyes’ by Bennet. Written in 1599, during a wonderful compositional period of English madrigal/part-songs, this SATB piece was perfect for the remit: poignant, not too long, and for the mixed voices of the film choir scene.

We approached AGSB for tenor/bass voices and were delighted when they found 7 students who would like to sing with the 15 AGGS Chamber choir soprano/altos.
After just one rehearsal – augmented by just a few adult teacher singers, the film production team recorded the track professionally at school.

Joint Netflix choir project for upcoming 'Safe' Netflix seriesThe project culminated in a long film shoot Sunday, beginning with breakfast at 7.30am, ending with the last shot taken at 5pm! The school was unrecognisable, with the Main Hall now the assembly space of the fictitious ‘St Winifred’s School’, complete with new school uniforms for all the choir, a false wall in place in the hall and a different school crest etc etc…
The complete cast of around 80 were present, including some famous names – watch the series to see who!

After a total of 15 takes of the recording, where we sang over our pre-recorded track, different actors were featured/different angles of the choir were taken, and all students were a credit to themselves in their professionalism during what was a fairly arduous process. Despite this, however, no one grew tired of the madrigal: the hallmark, possibly of great music! Indeed, several film crew and cast commented how much they loved the music…

I was privileged to have coached the 7 actors who formed part of the choir, to mime convincingly as they sang with the choir – who also did brilliantly and very much looked the part.
This has been a wonderful joint venture for all students and staff involved, not least to sing Renaissance polyphony together, but to sing 4 part harmony, and to collaborate across both schools.

We feature in the opening scene of episode 4, but our choir madrigal recording will be used as a theme throughout….!

Ms Mayall

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182 Squadron Royal Air Force Air Cadets

Monday 18th September

The RAF Air Cadets offers the chance for fun, adventure, incredible experiences and making new friends. We’re a UK-wide cadet force with more than 40,000 members aged between 12 and 20 years.

More information can be found by visiting https://www.raf.mod.uk/aircadets

 

BFET Sports Day – Closing Ceremony

Maddie, Playing Guitar, at BFET Sports Day, June 2017
Maddie, Playing Guitar, at BFET Sports Day, June 2017

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.

Well done, Maddie.

Eid Mubarak

Eid Mubarak

Eid Mubarak to all of our Muslim Students and their families celebrating. Enjoy the day!

Calling all Grade 5+ pianists!

Calling all Pianists

Care homes in Timperley and Partington are looking for sixth former pianists to play the piano for 2 hours per week, as relaxation for their elderly guests.

An ideal opportunity if anyone is looking for Duke of Edinburgh placements or to earn a small amount of pocket money.

Please contact Diane Frisk at diane.frisk@kingsleyhealthcare.co.uk if you are interested in finding out more.

Join National Youth Orchestra 2018

Join National Youth Orchestra 2018

Are you aged 13–18? Playing at Grade 8 distinction level or equivalent, and totally committed to music? The world’s greatest orchestra of teenagers needs you!  Be part of the National Youth Orchestra in 2018 and breakthrough to the next level of orchestral brilliance, perform the most challenging music with the world’s greatest conductors and inspire other teenagers through NYO Inspire. Auditions are FREE and you will receive feedback. Bursaries are available to cover travel to and from the audition as well as your place in the orchestra. Auditions are friendly, positive, and great learning experiences. Apply by 1st June 2017.

Find out more

RNCM Wind, Brass and Percussion weekend

RNCM Wind, Brass and Percussion

Sunday May 7th, RNCM

Y7 Bridgewater Hall trip to hear the Hallé Orchestra perform

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.

BBC Proms Inspire

Enter the 2017 Inspire Competition
For young composers aged 12 to 18

The BBC Proms Inspire Competition is open to anyone aged 12 to 18 who wants to make their own music, no-matter their style or genre. Winners receive a professional performance of their piece at the BBC Proms, a coveted BBC broadcast and a BBC commission, while highly commended and shortlisted composers have access to special Inspire events and projects. The closing date for entries is Thursday 25 May 2017. This year’s judging panel includes acclaimed composers Mark-Anthony Turnage, Kerry Andrew, Charlotte Bray, Hannah Kendall and Fraser Trainer, as well as Director of the BBC Proms David Pickard.

How to enter

For full details of how to enter the BBC Proms Inspire Competition and terms and conditions, please visit bbc.co.uk/promsinspire

For more details click here