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Student led ‘Choral Reef’ Performance at Ashland’s care home

Student led 'Choral Reef' Performance at a care home in Sale

Student led 'Choral Reef' Performance at a care home in SaleOn Wednesday 28th March, a group of AGGS Student musicians went to to Ashland’s care home in Sale, to perform ‘Choral Reef’  to the home’s residents. There were some lovely singing, violin and ukelele performances. Well done Tayiba S and her team, it was  heartwarming to see smiling residents and hear them singing along!

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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Lancashire Chamber Orchestra Spring Concert at AGGS

LCO Spring Concert 3pm 25th March 2018 with Robert Chasey

Conductor Bob ChaseyThe Lancashire Chamber Orchestra would like to extend a very warm invitation to you to come to our next concert on Sunday 25th March 2018, at 3:00pm, at Altrincham Girls’ Grammar School, Cavendish Road, Bowdon, WA14 2NL.

We are delighted to welcome back the inimitable Mr Robert Chasey for our 2018 concert series. Bob first took up his baton with the LCO back in the 1980s and we are thrilled that he has agreed to put us through our paces again in this gorgeous programme of Spring music.

The programme:

We begin our concert with the charmingly beautiful and fresh Romance for Strings, by the British composer, Gerald Finzi.

We are then joined by our first-rate wind, brass and percussion team for a performance of Siegfried Idyll by Richard Wagner. Siegfried was written as a birthday present from Wagner to his wife, Cosima, to celebrate the birth of their son.

We conclude our concert with the effervescent and tuneful Symphony No. 3 by Franz Schubert.

 

During the interval, you will be treated to delicious home-made cakes and refreshments!

We do hope you will join us for a wonderful concert and social event.

Tickets are available from the Contact form on the Concerts page of the LCO website: http://www.lancashirechamber.co.uk/concerts/ or from 0161 980 4275, or on the door. Early reservations are recommended to secure your seat.

Year 8 Opera Day

Written by Sara K, 8-3

Understanding Opera

The Magic Flute

On Friday 23rd February, Year 8 had the opportunity to experience live opera.

Two real opera singers from Impromptu Opera came into our school, accompanied by a professional pianist; the man, Al, was a baritone singer meaning he had a male, mid-vocal range and the lady, Habba, was a soprano singer meaning she had a high vocal range.

Read the whole essay here:

Y8 Opera workshop By Sara, March-2018

Spring Concert 2018

Spring Concert, Wednesday 14th March 2018

Wednesday 14th March 2018 7pm, Main Hall

Tickets £8 adults, £5 concessions from Reception
(2 per family until Fri 9th) then either from Reception or on the door

Refreshments available from PTA

On the Programme:

Harry Potter’s theme – 1st orchestra
Vivaldi’s Spring – 2nd orchestra
Tundra – Gjeilo – Chamber Choir
Jazz selection

Students raise £500 carol singing in Altrincham for St Annes’ Hospice

Continuing from the previous post about the group of Y12 students who sang for charity just before Christmas, see is the response of the St. Annes’ Hospice volunteer coordinator:

I would just like to inform you about the fantastic charity work that was carried out by a number of your pupils, Flora W and some of her friends voluntarily came to sing carols on Friday 22nd December at Starbucks in Altrincham during their lunch time to help raise money for St Ann’s Hospice.
They were absolutely brilliant and very professional too! They helped us raise a brilliant total of £500.00 that afternoon and they really were fantastic and an asset to your school.

Well done to Flora and her team!

Singing at Starbucks

Last Tuesday lunchtime, 12th December, a small group of singers went along to Starbucks to help out the St Ann’s hospice fundraisers.

St Ann’s hospice were grateful and said that they received more donations from passers-by while we were singing. We all got into the festive spirit, singing a variety of traditional carols as well as Have Yourself a merry little Christmas and our favourite, Carol of the Bells!

Carol Singing in Starbucks

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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