Category Archives: External events

External events

Students raise £500 carol singing in Altrincham for St Annes’ Hospice

Continuing from the previous post about the group of Y12 students who sang for charity just before Christmas, see is the response of the St. Annes’ Hospice volunteer coordinator:

I would just like to inform you about the fantastic charity work that was carried out by a number of your pupils, Flora W and some of her friends voluntarily came to sing carols on Friday 22nd December at Starbucks in Altrincham during their lunch time to help raise money for St Ann’s Hospice.
They were absolutely brilliant and very professional too! They helped us raise a brilliant total of £500.00 that afternoon and they really were fantastic and an asset to your school.

Well done to Flora and her team!

Singing at Starbucks

Last Tuesday lunchtime, 12th December, a small group of singers went along to Starbucks to help out the St Ann’s hospice fundraisers.

St Ann’s hospice were grateful and said that they received more donations from passers-by while we were singing. We all got into the festive spirit, singing a variety of traditional carols as well as Have Yourself a merry little Christmas and our favourite, Carol of the Bells!

Carol Singing in Starbucks

Carol Singing at Wythenshawe Hospital Chaplaincy

All ages wanted for Carol Singing on the
hospital wards on Christmas Eve 6-8pm

Wythenshawe Hospital Chaplaincy

Further details
0161 291 2297 chaplain@mft.nhs.uk

Exciting New 13 Part Comedy Drama Series for CBBC

Battle of the Bands – Trafford Music Service

Trafford Music Service - Battle of the bands

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!