Category Archives: Key Stage 4 – GCSE

Key Stage 4 – GCSE

Music Theory and Aural Training Sessions with the Trafford Music Service

Trafford Music Service is delighted to be offering two new courses – in music theory and aural training – as preparation for upcoming ABRSM and other exams. These sessions are run by our experienced aural and theory tutor, Alison Lansdown, who will guide students through their exam preparation. These sessions are typically targeted at senior pupils who are doing higher level exams although they will be tailored to welcome all pupils. Students can sign up for as many or as few sessions as they wish although we recommend a minimum of three sessions. These sessions will be held at our music centre, The Claremont Centre (21 Claremont Road, Sale, M33 7DZ).

These sessions will be running for the 8 weeks during term time commencing from Tuesday 8 May. Please get in touch as soon as possible to sign up and start right away at https://www.traffordmusicservice.co.uk/aural-and-theory-training/ or please get in touch at music.service@trafford.gov.uk or 0161 911 8659 if you have any queries.

Trafford Music ServiceSee more information here:
Trafford Music Theory Aural Training Letter

Spring Concert, March 2018

Spring Concert 2018

Spring Concert 2018Our spring concert on Wed 14th March involved over 180 students, performing in 14 different ensembles, choirs, bands, orchestras, of which many are directed by the students themselves. It was a very joyous evening.

John Stephens, BFET’s CEO has said: ‘The concert was an excellent demonstration of the arts at their best with a high level of participation, a diverse range of music and the opportunity for students to shine, whether they were beginners or accomplished musicians.’

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AGGS Christmas Concert 2017

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This year’s Christmas concerts showcased a record number of students – over 260 in total – as usual performing a wide variety of music from Howard Blake’s ‘The Snowman’, performed by Junior Choir and String Orchestra to the Jazz Band’s cover of ‘Feeling Good’, starring Y12 singer Effi-Nicki S.

All 16 ensembles/choirs/orchestras/bands were featured across 2 evenings, to packed halls and there was a lovely festive atmosphere, complete with Christmas tree and tinselled instruments – the most ingenious being Faith Edwards’ french horn, literally lit up with fairy lights!

Thanks as usual go to all performers, who dedicate so much of their free time to practising and attending rehearsals, to all staff and Sixth-Form student ensemble leaders who direct them. Also to the Art Department for some fantastic art work on the programmes, Mrs Brennan in Reprographics, the caretaking staff and PTA for providing refreshments. We also could not put on such evenings without the generous support of staff who supervise students during the concert.

Thankyou to all!

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Summer Serenade July 2017

Summer Serenade, July 2017
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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.

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.

GCSE Year 10 current work

Here are some photos of Miss Silverstein’s excellent year 10 artwork during a recent review of their work. Some fabulous work, they have all been working hard experimenting with a wide range of media very successfully. Well done!

Year 10 Homework Examples..

Year 10 were asked to complete a six box composition inspired by their natural forms theme. They used a variety of different media to achieve this. A set of very pleasing outcomes. Some are still works in progress. Great work!

Year 10 Mood/Ideas Boards…

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Showing your “workings out”…

It’s just as valuable and important to show your experiments and working out when in Art too like you would have to in Maths. It’s just done in a different way! This shows some lovely watercolour testing, showing a wide range of colour mixing skills, getting it just right before it gets put on her actual painting. We love seeing evidence of this in your sketchbooks so never discard it. It forms part of the assessment objectives so is very valuable


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