Category Archives: Key Stage 4 GCSE

Music Theory and Aural Training Sessions with the Trafford Music Service

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).

These sessions will be running for the 8 weeks during term time commencing from Tuesday 8 May. Please get in touch as soon as possible to sign up and start right away at https://www.traffordmusicservice.co.uk/aural-and-theory-training/ or please get in touch at music.service@trafford.gov.uk or 0161 911 8659 if you have any queries.

Trafford Music ServiceSee more information here:
Trafford Music Theory Aural Training Letter

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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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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Summer Serenade July 2017

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80 girls performed in this annual Summer concert – a smaller event as many of the older girls are not in school, but nevertheless full of variety and quality of performances.

The programme included some very promising Y7 soloists, 3 Y10 GCSE soloists, Saxophone Ensemble, Jazz Band, Junior Choir and String Orchestra. Also Recorder Ensemble and Junior Strings – both led by students.

Many Y11 and Y13 students returned from their study leave to perform in String Orchestra and Recorder Ensemble. The former’s programme of very high calibre, with Anna T (Y11 and studying singing at the Junior RNCM) performing a Handel aria, accompanied by the String Orchestra, and a piece composed by a former parent, Adrienne Spilsbury (mother of Cerys and Ffion).

Junior Choir performed a 10 min fun cantata : Rooster Rag, describing the entertaining journey of a hen, rooster and cunning fox, using solos/choruses and some entertaining images on the screen. Thanks go to the Art Dpt for excellent masks and also the caretaking team, reprographics, staff helpers and PTA/World Challenge team for all of their support, without whom we could not put these kind of events on.

BFET Sports Day – Closing Ceremony

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Maddie, Playing Guitar, at BFET Sports Day, June 2017

Maddie H, a Year 10 GCSE musician,  performed at the Closing Ceremony of this year’s combined BFET Sports Day.  She sang and played the guitar in front of a large crowd, which was a fantastic way of closing the day, and a great experience for her.

Well done, Maddie.

AGGS Music Festival

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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:

Winner Runner-up
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Piano 1 Chloe B. 9-3 Binyang Z. 7-2
Voice 1 Jennifer M. 7-4 Imogen B. 7-1
Voice 2 Sophia T. 10-3 Emily W. 10-6
Voice 3 Anna T. 11-3 Effi S. 11-6
Percussion Kiya G. 8-1 Ellie R. 10-6
Piano 2 Flora W. 11-6 Selin C. 7-3
Endangered Faith E. 7-4 Hannah G. 11-6 / Ellie C 11-4
Ensemble 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
Piano 3 Sisi H. 11-3 Mingya G. 11-2
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Guitar 1 Freya M. 7-6 Eisha N. 9-1
Guitar 2 Milly K. 12-3 Madison T. 9-6 / Ruby B. 9-5
Guitar 3 Suriya P. 11-2
Flute 1 Imogen A. 7-5
Wind 2 Sophia L. 8-2 Holly M. 10-4 / Flora W. 11-6
Strings 1 Peilin Z. 8-7
Strings 2 Emily H. 7-5 Shraddha A. 9-3 / Kiya G. 8-1
Brass Hannah G. 11-6 Emily P. 9-3
Woodwind 3 Bethany J. 13-5 Corrie G. 13-3
Strings 3 Chi-YuY. 13-6 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.

Careers talk: What’s it like studying music at university?

January 25th at 3:30 pm – 5:00 pm, Main Hall

Careers talk: Mr Tim Shephard (Sheffield University Music Dpt) and former AGGS pupil Beth Nichol.

Beth Nichol is coming back from Sheffield to speak with one of the lecturers, Tim Shephard, talking about what it is like to study music at a university. Beth is currently doing an MA there.