‘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.‘
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!
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.
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.