Last night we held our tenth annual PE and dance awards evening, it was another wonderful evening celebrating the success of the senior students. We had 120 guests and everyone thoroughly enjoyed the event.
Year 10 were invited to perform at the Danceworks community dance festival on Sunday. They performed a dance inspired by the Ibrox Stadium disaster of 1971, when 66 people lost their lives and more than 200 people were injured at a crush amongst the Old Firm football crowd.
The dancers performed their piece at the New Adelphi Theatre at Salford University and participated in dance workshops. They were professional throughout and performed with emotion and excellent technique. We were very proud!
This term our Senior Recital showcased all our GCSE and A level students performing their coursework – solos and compositions – to an extremely high standard. It is always great at this stage to hear the result of their hard work since the beginning of the course.
In addition, the audience were treated to wonderful performances from both String Orchestra, directed by Mrs Janet Janes, and to Chamber Choir, led by Ms Julia Mayall, accompanied by Mrs Anne Marie Bentall. Their programmes were performed later that week at the regional heat in Rochdale Town Hall of the national competition, Music for Youth.
The programme comprised two wonderful songs from ‘Sea Pictures’ by Elgar, arranged for String Orchestra by a former parent, Ms Adrienne Spilsbury and sung by Anna Townsend. In addition they performed some exciting arrangements of a Kodaly piece.
Chamber choir sang an eclectic mix of music, from the folk blues song, led by Annie Stedman, to a clever arrangement of the Beatles’ song ‘Blackbird’, finishing with the stunning 8 part ‘Ave Maria’, written for double choir by Gustav Holst – all sung from memory.
We wish both groups well as they hope to be selected for the competition final in Birmingham in July.
Please do listen to soundclips from this competition, on @AGGS_Music
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All three pieces were taken from ‘Stolen Secrets’ by Fin Kennedy and are about the dark and sinister secrets we keep underneath our day to day lives. These were inspired by an experiment, in which a locked box was placed in a school, and into which pupils and teachers placed their darkest secrets. They combined elements of both humour and horror, performed in the style of Steven Berkoff, a theatre practitioner who experiments with pace and expression. They were absolutely fantastic!
“I really enjoyed watching the pieces. They were so different to what I expected, and I found it fascinating how they managed to make it both funny and scary at the same time. I thought they were all brilliant!”
Tuesday 12th March marked the music department’s Spring Concert. Loads of students of all ages and abilities came together to perform a variety of different styles of music, from jazz, to classical, to popular music. There really was something there for everyone.
Particular highlights of the evening (although there are so many to choose from) included Flute Group’s creative use of percussion to mimic the sounds of a typewriter in their piece, ‘The Typewriter’, and First Orchestra’s rendition of various pieces of music from the ‘Lord of the Rings’ film series.
Here’s what Ms Mayall had to say…
“This term’s Spring Concert was very special. In addition to the 170 students from Y7- Y13 performing to their usual high standard, in the many choirs, orchestras, bands and ensembles, the Y13 students, led by Amy Howarth, sang a surprise last item: ‘Thank you for the Music’, including a number of wonderful solos, and accompanied by Sisi Huang. Amy organised this with her usual enthusiasm and it was a very fitting end to what was many of the Y13’s last ever concerts at AGGS. We will miss you as a year group – so musical and always so generous with the younger students, with very many of you leading ensembles and arranging music, giving up your time. Bravo!”
A wonderful time was had by all, especially the Year 13s. We have absolutely loved our time in the music department, not just participating in the concerts and having the opportunity to perform, but also simply having fun in our spare time. We’ll all really miss this, but we can’t think of a better concert to have gone out on. Thank you to you all!
By Amy, Year 13
Recently, Year 8 went to the Lowry to watch the opera of The Magic Flute. This was a very exciting experience and Year 8 were lucky to have it as this was the first time the opera was put on in Manchester.
This ties in with their topic right now as well as Year 8 are studying the feature of an opera and, more specifically, The Magic Flute! The opera is based on two musical instruments which keep Prince Tamino and his bird-catching aid Papageno safe. They battle through Sarastro’s trials and the Queen of the Night’s evil schemes to get to true love and friendship.
The performance at the theater showed them a different interpretation of the opera’s unique story and was extremely humorous. Year 8 thoroughly enjoyed the experience.
By Lakshayaa, 8-3
On the back of our Danceworks success, we have been invited to perform a pop-up performance at the Lowry Theatre on Friday 29th March!
Our Year 12 dancers will be performing a dance, about identity and migration, in the foyer of the Lowry Theatre at 7:30pm and again at 9pm, before Protein Dance Company’s show, Border Tales.
After the show, our students will take part in The Big Debate. The whole event is due to finish at 11pm: the moment we are due to leave the EU!
A very exciting opportunity for the dancers!
The dancers: Anouska J, Emily K, Carlotta MW, Kira P, Madeleine P, Sneha R, Aisling R, Isobella Y.
Sunday 24th March 2019, at 3pm.
AGGS Main Hall
Lancashire Chamber Orchestra takes you to Paris!
The Lancashire Chamber Orchestra, now celebrating its 50th Anniversary Season, will treat you to music with a distinctive French theme, with works by Ravel and Mozart.
Ravel: Le Tombeau de Couperin
Ravel: Pavane pour une infante défunte
Mozart: Symphony No. 31 ‘Paris’
“Le Tombeau de Couperin” is Ravel’s own tribute both to French Baroque music and to several close friends who died in military service during the First World war. It is an opportunity for our wonderful wind players to shine, and especially our principal oboist Lindsay Kershaw. Ravel’s “Pavane pour une infante défunte” reflects his life-long interest in early Spanish music and in his Basque roots. Mozart’s sparkling “Paris” symphony (No 31) is the composer’s second work on a grand scale (the first being his “Haffner Serenade”) and shows his delight at having for the first time the opportunity to write a symphonic score which would include a full wind section, with the breadth of colour available from it.
Our Maestro will be the effervescent Mr Robert Chasey, who will continue to direct the LCO throughout the 2018 – 2019 Anniversary Season. As usual, there will be a delicious selection of cakes to enjoy with your tea or coffee at the interval.
The concert takes place at Altrincham Girls Grammar School, Cavendish Road, Bowdon WA14 2NL, on Sunday 24th March at 3pm.
Tickets can be reserved in advance via the Contact Form on the LCO website (see below), by phone: 0161 980 4275 or on the door, but please arrive early to guarantee yourself a good view!!
Lancashire Chamber Orchestra
Tuesday 5th March
7pm, Main Hall