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!
This week saw the showcasing of the talents of 160 performers across 10 different classes at AGGS in our 2nd Music Festival. Both the Church Hall and the Main Hall were buzzing with performances throughout the day, with hundreds of girls able to watch as audience members during the day.
Our 2 adjudicators, Mr Tom Dickinson (Wirral Boys’ GS) and Mrs Kathy Rundell (Wilmslow Prep) gave expert verbal and written feedback to the girls and we are hugely grateful to them in giving of their time to support AGGS in this way.
Thanks too go to Miss Riddle, Mrs Dickinson and Ms Mayall who accompanied over 70 performances and to all the instrumental staff who prepared pupils, including some lovely ensemble arrangements. Endangered instruments was a theme of this year’s festival, with a class showcasing oboe, viola and brass players.
This kind of event wouldn’t be possible without the help of so many administrative staff and parent steward helpers. Particular thanks to Mrs Marshall and Miss Wright who took charge of the adjudicator administration during the day and to Mr Beddow and the caretaking staff for setting up the halls.
The results of the classes are as follows:
Chloe B. 9-3
Binyang Z. 7-2
Jennifer M. 7-4
Imogen B. 7-1
Sophia T. 10-3
Emily W. 10-6
Anna T. 11-3
Effi S. 11-6
Kiya G. 8-1
Ellie R. 10-6
Flora W. 11-6
Selin C. 7-3
Faith E. 7-4
Hannah G. 11-6 / Ellie C 11-4
Duo : Ellen W. 11-5 & Antonia H 11-6
Duo: Corrie G. 13-3 & Hannah G. 11-6 / Duo: Katie A. 11-4 & India S. 7-7
Sisi H. 11-3
Mingya G. 11-2
Freya M. 7-6
Eisha N. 9-1
Milly K. 12-3
Madison T. 9-6 / Ruby B. 9-5
Suriya P. 11-2
Imogen A. 7-5
Sophia L. 8-2
Holly M. 10-4 / Flora W. 11-6
Peilin Z. 8-7
Emily H. 7-5
Shraddha A. 9-3 / Kiya G. 8-1
Hannah G. 11-6
Emily P. 9-3
Bethany J. 13-5
Corrie G. 13-3
Ruby J. 13-6
All performers should be proud of their performances and have earned a merit towards their form total, in addition to hopefully enjoying the experience of performing in a music festival and gaining more confidence along the way.