Grace G Y9 – Brass ensemble

Grace has been an exemplary student and musician in starting a brass ensemble completely from scratch at AGGS. In the 3 months since she began this project, she organises weekly rehearsals, keeps a register, sources music and often arranges it herself. Students who now attend this new club seem to thrive under Grace’s leadership – rehearsals are orderly, with a lovely learning atmosphere which is down to Grace. The brass ensemble performed for the first time in our Spring concert highly successfully. Since school closure, Grace has continued to rehearse weekly using the Zoom platform, which is extremely impressive, given this was done completely under her own initiative.

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AGGS Spring Concert

On the evening of the 11th March, over 200 students performed to a large audience in the Main Hall. It was wonderful to see a range of talents from Y7-Y13. A variety of groups played, from student-led ensembles to full sized orchestras & 3 choirs. Some instruments included the double bass, the bassoon and the French Horn which aren’t played by many people. As well as this, there were different types of music played such as sad, jazz, modern & classical. The audience particularly enjoyed participating by clapping along to the beat! They were also delighted to hear some well-known songs such as the classic ‘Pink Panther’, ‘In the Hall of the Mountain King, and ‘Something inside so strong’. Everyone thought it was fantastic to see how hard the ensembles and groups had worked and how they had grown in number due to its increasing popularity. We would all like to thank Ms Mayall for organising the concert and the teachers who performed and those who helped out. Also a huge thank you to the PTA for serving drinks and delicious snacks during the interval! As well as this, we would like thank the Y10s who contributed their wonderful artwork towards the programme.

By Preet G & Gloria C Year 7

Artist of the Week

A beautiful sketchbook study by Aayushi S Yr13 made as part of her coursework. Aayushi used ink, water and biro to create this particular study for her Landscapes mixed media project.

Eve got first prize in Living Edge Art Competition

The annual Living Edge School’s Art Competition took place at The Lowry on Saturday morning and as usual the work exhibited by all of the students was very impressive.
Eve (Year 12) won first prize in one of the three category’s for her brilliant ‘beetroot’.
Her work has already been published in the March issue of the magazine and the winners will feature in the April edition.
Fabulous News!!!

Artist of the Week

This homework was produced by Safa R 7-4 in response to the work of the artist Yellena James. The starting point was a small section of the artist work. Safa then extended the design to a full page creating her own patterns and working with similar media to the artist.

Artist of the Week

Class-7-2 Yellena James - Under the sea project

7_2 Are currently working on a project called Under the Sea. They are looking at the work of the artist Yellena James. In the classwork here the students have created their own scraper boards using oil pastel and poster paint. They have looked at the artists work and created their own designs using the shapes and patterns in Yellena James work.

The Greatest Dancer – Grace S 10-3

Unfortunately, Vale’s time on the Greatest Dancer has now come to an end as they didn’t get through this week. You could watch their performance this week on BBC iplayer. They were the 2nd performance of the evening.

What an amazing achievement for Grace and her team to get to the last 7 acts and a fantastic experience to be involved in the process and all those live shows.

They will have one last chance to perform in the live final, with all 12 of the final acts, on Saturday 7th March on BBC1. They have also been asked to appear on Blue Peter!

Mrs Anstey

Y7 Brass Workshop

All 210 Y7 students were entertained brilliantly listening to Graham South and the Cavendish brass quintet perform their annual in house brass workshop. This links to the Instruments of the Orchestra topic and also ties in with the Music Department’s promotion of endangered brass instruments.

The players performed a wide variety of brass repertoire from Renaissance through to Jazz and film and students also enjoyed hearing each player individually demonstrate their instrument: trumpets, french horn, trombone and tuba. It was great to see lots of Y7s take a letter with an offer of a free taster brass lesson if they were considering starting to play an instrument and liked the idea of learning an instrument from this diverse family.

Thankyou so much to Mr South and his colleagues for performing so professionally and infusing the demonstrations with humour. We all especially were impressed with the beat boxing tuba player!

The Greatest Dancer

Huge congratulations to Grace (Year 10) who, together with her dance school Vale, is down to the final 10 acts on BBC1s The Greatest Dancer. Please keep watching and supporting, Saturday nights on BBC1. Good luck Grace. We are so proud of you!