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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!

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.

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

Joint Netflix choir project for upcoming ‘Safe’ Netflix series

Joint Netflix choir project for upcoming 'Safe' Netflix series

The project began life on A level results day when I was asked if we were interested in providing a choir for an episode of an upcoming Netflix series ‘Safe’ – and could I find some suitable haunting music for a short assembly scene, ideally not in copyright!

Joint Netflix choir project for upcoming 'Safe' Netflix seriesAfter much consultation with other musical/choir friends, Red film company unanimously liked the beautiful English madrigal we chose – ‘Weep o mine eyes’ by Bennet. Written in 1599, during a wonderful compositional period of English madrigal/part-songs, this SATB piece was perfect for the remit: poignant, not too long, and for the mixed voices of the film choir scene.

We approached AGSB for tenor/bass voices and were delighted when they found 7 students who would like to sing with the 15 AGGS Chamber choir soprano/altos.
After just one rehearsal – augmented by just a few adult teacher singers, the film production team recorded the track professionally at school.

Joint Netflix choir project for upcoming 'Safe' Netflix seriesThe project culminated in a long film shoot Sunday, beginning with breakfast at 7.30am, ending with the last shot taken at 5pm! The school was unrecognisable, with the Main Hall now the assembly space of the fictitious ‘St Winifred’s School’, complete with new school uniforms for all the choir, a false wall in place in the hall and a different school crest etc etc…
The complete cast of around 80 were present, including some famous names – watch the series to see who!

After a total of 15 takes of the recording, where we sang over our pre-recorded track, different actors were featured/different angles of the choir were taken, and all students were a credit to themselves in their professionalism during what was a fairly arduous process. Despite this, however, no one grew tired of the madrigal: the hallmark, possibly of great music! Indeed, several film crew and cast commented how much they loved the music…

I was privileged to have coached the 7 actors who formed part of the choir, to mime convincingly as they sang with the choir – who also did brilliantly and very much looked the part.
This has been a wonderful joint venture for all students and staff involved, not least to sing Renaissance polyphony together, but to sing 4 part harmony, and to collaborate across both schools.

We feature in the opening scene of episode 4, but our choir madrigal recording will be used as a theme throughout….!

Ms Mayall

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