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.
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
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.
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.
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!
195 students from Years 7-13 performed in this year’s production, Icons. What a fantastic show. Huge congratulations to everyone who performed or choreographed dances. A special thank you to the senior students who ran a weekly dance club this year. We really appreciate your talent, effort and commitment.
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 Royal Northern College of Music would like to invite you to take part in a workshop for music students aged 10 – 16 as part of their Chamber Music Festival on Sunday 15th March 2020
The festival this year is ‘Music of the New World’ and focuses on American Music. To tie in with this theme, the workshop we are offering is based on a Scott Joplin Rag and will be run by the ‘Chameleon Quartet’ (see below for their bio)
During this free workshop, students will learn about the structure and background of a Rag and then be given the opportunity to create their own music before coming together to perform what they have produced in an informal concert.
Students can be any ability, play any instrument, and come as a small group or individually. We have limited spaces for this workshop and they will be allocated on a first come basis.
Deadline for applying is Friday 21st February
The outline for this workshop is:
10:30 – Introduction from ‘Chameleon Quartet’
11:00 – Workshop
12:00 – Break
12:15 – Prepare for Concert
13:00 – Concert in the Carole Nash Recital Room: Family & Friends welcome
If you would like to take part please email firstname.lastname@example.org
with the following information:
Chameleon is a multi- instrumental, award- winning, woodwind quartet that was formed at the Royal Northern College of Music in 2016. All members double on at least one other instrument, meaning the group has a unique sound and set-up and the musicians often change instruments mid piece. They are passionate about creating innovative music and are proud to arrange all their repertoire themselves. They are Live Music Now artists and June Emerson Launchpad prize winners. They have won several competitions including the Trevor Wye woodwind competition (2017) and Brodsky Prize (2018) and were awarded the audience prize and highly commended for the Chris Rowland Chamber Music Prize (2017).