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External events

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

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Bowdon Youth Festival

Bowdon Youth Festival 2017

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BBC Ten Pieces LIVE



Ten Pieces LIVE Family Concert at the Bridgewater Hall in Manchester on Sat 11th June at 3pm

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Holst The Planets: Mars

Grieg In the Hall of the Mountain King

Mozart Horn Concerto No 4: Finale

Shostakovich Symphony No 10: 2nd movement

Beethoven Symphony No 5: 1st movement

Prokofiev Turntables Concerto: Finale

Bernstein Mambo (from West Side story)

Stravinsky The Firebird:  Finale

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Oxford’s Somerville college crowd funding tour

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.

Harriet Waters A2 composition

Ruby singing her own composition at a string composition workshop

Ruby sings with DanelsRuby sings with DanelsRuby 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!


Shraddha performes with the National Youth Orchestra SAMYO

SAMYOOn Saturday 12th March 2016, Shraddha, Year 8 will be performing on stage with the National Youth Orchestra 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

Access to Music, The Music College Open Evening

Access to Music, Manchester Open Day

Bowdon Youth Festival 2016

Bowdon-Youth-festivalThe 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