Our Christmas concerts this year showcased just over 200 girls performing in all 16 choirs, orchestras, bands and ensembles. Our A level musicians featured as soloists, in addition to Hannah Addenbrooke as new Y7 bassonist and Eleanor New as Y8 double bassist. The atmosphere was wonderful with packed halls both evenings.
It is hard to pick out the highlights, as there were so many and every single performer deserves praise. However, the first performance of the Y10 Melodivas, String Orchestra’s ‘St Pauls’ suite’ by Holst, Chamber Choir’s ‘Stars’ (complete with tuned glasses!), the newly formed brass ensemble and the final combined Junior and Senior choir ‘Christmas lullaby’ have to be mentioned as real highlights.
Thanks must go to all the music staff, instrumental teachers, associate and caretaking staff and Miss Bown for her technical expertise, without whom none of this would have been possible.
Looking forward to hearing soloists, choirs, flute and brass ensemble performing at the Carol Service at St Mary’s church, Bowdon on Tue 20th December.
AGGS Christmas Concert
Tuesday 29th & Wednesday 30th November 2016
7pm Main Hall
Tickets are available for m Reception
|Mon Nov 28 – after school|
|3.30 – 4.45||Jazz Band||Mr Lodge/Ms Mayall|
|Tue Nov 29 – Day 2|
|8.40||Tue solos: Hannah A 7-6, Y13s TBC||Ms Mayall|
|9.05||String Orchestra||Mrs Janes/Ms Mayall|
|9.35||2nd Orchestra||Miss Wright/Ms Mayall|
|10.05||Senior Choir||Ms Dickinson/Ms Mayall|
|10.35||Chamber Choir: We 3 Kings/White Christmas||Ms Dickinson/Ms Mayall|
|11.25||Junior Choir||Ms Dickinson/Ms Mayall|
|12.05||Junior and Senior Choirs : Christmas Lullaby||Ms Dickinson/Ms Mayall|
|12.30||Saxophone Ensemble||Miss McCallum/Ms Mayall|
|1.00||Sixth Form stage managers meeting||Ms Mayall|
|1.30||First Orchestra||Ms Mayall|
|2.10||Wind Band||Sixth Form||Ms Mayall|
|2.30||Guitar Ensemble||Sixth Form||Ms Mayall|
|2.50||Flute Ensemble||Sixth Form||Ms Mayall|
|3.10||Chamber Choir and wine glasses players : Stars||Ms Dickinson/Ms Mayall|
|7pm Concert – arrive at 6.30pm via the Main Entrance|
|Wednesday Nov 30th – Day 3|
|10.30||Wed solos : Eleanor N Y8/Recorder duet Katie A Y11, India S Y7, Y13s TBC||Ms Mayall|
|11.25||Junior Strings||Sixth Form||Ms Mayall|
|11.40||Recorder Ensemble||Sixth Form||Ms Mayall|
|12.00||Brass Ensemble||Ms Mayall|
|1.30||Y10 Vocal Ensemble||Annie Stedman Y11||Ms Mayall|
|2.00||Cello Ensemble||Sixth Form||Ms Mayall|
|7pm Concert – arrive 6.30 pm via the Main Entrance|
Congratulations to all 190 performers, taking part in our 2 Christmas concerts this week. 15 different choirs, orchestras, ensembles and bands were heard singing and playing much festive music to a packed hall each night.
There were so many highlights each evening it is difficult to choose what to mention here, but for me they were 2nd orchestra’s ‘Surprise Symphony’, Jazz Band’s funk ‘Sidewinder’ piece, 1st Orchestra’s ‘Downton Abbey’, Senior Choir and Flute Ensemble’s ‘Carol of the bells’, chamber choir’s ‘Eternity’ and ‘Ceremony of Carols’ and of course Junior Choir’s show stealer ‘Christmas on the beach at Waikiki’ and ‘One candle’ at the end with all the choirs. Not forgetting String Orchestra’s Double violin concerto by Bach – with fantastic soloists Harriet W and Valerie M. And of course all of the sixth form conductors and leaders of ensembles, and the sublime duet from Handel’s Messiah sung by two talented Y13 students Eleanor and Amelia.
There are souvenir programmes for all girls to collect from the hall piano and can’t wait to hear some of this music again in our church carol service at St Mary’s in Bowdon.