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).
Our 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.’
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.
Congratulations to our Y13 musicians who have now completed their A2 composition coursework. They have spent this year listening to music as inspiration and have practised using more advanced harmony and compositional writing. This has resulted in these great pieces of which they should all be very proud.
Corrie G, Miriam B, Beth J, Chi-Yu and Ruby J all performed their own compositions.
We are grateful to the Piccadilly String Quartet who recorded both quartet parts.
Three Y13 students studying A2 Music to take their A level compositions to be performed and critiqued by the Danels’ professional string quartet at MGS – an invaluable trip which enables our students to strive for the next level in terms of excellence in writing for the challenging medium of the string quartet.
Congratulations to our GCSE and A level students who showcased performances and compositions at our Senior Recital – ready for coursework submission at the end of this term. Several of our Y13 students are looking forward to visiting The Manchester Grammar School next week, with their string quartets, ready to be critiqued by Manchester University’s resident Danel’s quartet – a vital part in the compositional process in hearing music performed live.
Congratulations also to Chamber Choir who performed Howard Goodall’s ‘Out of the Deep’ based on a setting of Psalm 30 and Sarah Quartel’s ‘Songbird’. And also to String Orchestra who performed JS Bach’s A minor violin concerto, with Chi-Yu Yu as soloist.
Some excellent singing and playing all round – well done!