Saffiyah, A former AGGS student has written to us:
My name is Saffiyah and I was a pupil at AGGS a couple of years ago. Since leaving AGGS sixth form I went on to study music at Oxford University and am now in my second year. I was always immersed in the musical life at school and sang in many of the choirs which inspired me to audition to my college choir here in Oxford. This summer, my choir is fundraising to go on tour to New York where we will be doing concerts and singing workshops almost every day! However, as I’m sure you can imagine, this incurs a huge financial cost that not all members can accommodate so we are currently running a crowd funding campaign online to try and raise funds! I know I am an ex-pupil but I would really appreciate if the school or any teachers would consider making even a small donation as every little will help! Our campaign is already off to a successful start and we are over half way to our target but won’t receive any donations unless we meet our minimum of £3500. I would be so grateful if you could circulate this and consider making a donation!
Here is the link to the crowd funding page which has lots of information and videos on it.
Ruby J, a Year 12 Music student, was singing with the Danel string quartet at the recent string composition workshop at Manchester Grammar School.
The piece they were playing with her is her AS composition – a song accompanied by quartet entitled ‘White Rose’
Well done Ruby!
On Saturday 12th March 2016, Shraddha, Year 8 will be performing on stage with the National Youth Orchestra SAMYO (www.milapfest.com/samyo) at their annual showcase concert at Beck theatre, featuring a modern, classical repertoire of Indian orchestral music. Exotic melodies, rich rhythms, and a new chorus of voices take centre stage in concert that celebrates our musical inspirations in everyday life. SAMYO is the only orchestra of its kind in the world and one of the 8 National Orchestra in the U.K. The concert features an array of Indian instruments, and the signature SAMYO style that draws from Indian devotional, folk, classical and popular music including western classical/jazz.
Shraddhas is one of the selected few from the North, as most of the performers are from London and home counties, and the only member from Manchester. She is also one of youngest to be selected for this prestigious performance.
Further information about SAMYO (South Asian Music Youth Orchestra) is available at www.milapfest.com.
The 4th Bowdon Youth Festival will take place over the weekend 4th & 7th February 2016.
Classes for Brass, Woodwind, Strings, Piano, Organ,Voice, Choir, Speech and Drama. Certificates for all entrants and Class prizes.
The closing date is November 30th.
Click here to download the application form:
Bowdon Youth Festival Music Entry Form 2016
Making a most welcome return to conduct and direct the orchestra from the harpsichord is JUSTIN DOYLE from Opera North, formerly director of the Manchester Chamber Choir and now too working with the BBC Singers. We are very privileged –and fortunate-to have as our soloist for this concert , the distinguished soprano Bibi Heal who has already established an outstanding reputation nationally and internationally on the opera stage, in oratorio and in a extremely diverse variety of other musical genres. The first half of the concert is a “Handelfest” with extracts from some of Handel’s many operas. The second half will include some rarely heard Haydn works including an early symphony and Bibi Heal will join the orchestra in one of Mozart’s finest works for the solo voice the concert aria “Ah lo previdi” which the composer wrote especially for one of the greatest singers of his day.
A true musical treat in store for all.
For more information, please contact me on 0161.980.4275 by E-mail
email@example.com or for more details about the orchestra via its web-site.