Spring Concert, 15 March 2017

Spring Concert 2017
Spring Concert 2017

Congratulations  to all 170 students from Y7 through to Y13 who performed in our Spring Concert – the standard and variety of performances was really impressive.

Particular thanks are due to our Sixth-Formers who lead so many: Flute ensemble, Wind Band, Recorder ensemble, Junior Strings and Guitar ensemble. First and second orchestras, Junior and Senior Choirs, Saxophone ensemble and very many soloists also performed and we are all very proud of you.

Thanks also to our dedicated music staff, helpers and associate staff who do so much to support the concert, including the PTA/World Challenge team providing refreshments.

A DVD of this evening is available to order – please contact Reception should you wish to do so.

Y13 – String composition workshop at The Manchester Grammar School

CompositionThree 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.

Senior Recital, Thursday 2nd March

Senior Recital, March 2017
Senior Recital, March 2017

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!

Y7 Bridgewater Hall trip to hear the Hallé Orchestra perform

Every Y7 attended a very enjoyable annual Halle concert at the Bridgewater Hall, linking to the SOW on orchestral instruments. The theme this year was ‘Music from the British Isles’ and they heard an excellent performance of Britten ‘Young Person’s Guide to the orchestra’.

This was an opportunity to take the entire year group to the Bridgewater Hall , which is one of the best concert halls in the UK, as many of the students have not been there ever before.