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.
We had a wonderful day on 4th July in Birmingham with String Orchestra, who performed as part of the National string/chamber music final.
All 26 students from Y8 – 13 performed brilliantly. Despite there being a lack of chairs and music stands in the warm up room – see photo of chilled playing, cross legged on the floor!
It was wonderful for them to perform in such a prestigious venue. Birmingham Town Hall is beautiful and the concert stage and magnificent organ backdrop was a fitting platform for all the orchestras. Anna T sang the Elgar Sea Pictures as if a professional. One to watch in future! The Kodaly pieces were played with real passion and panache.
We performed alongside 6 other orchestras/string ensembles. Of these, we were the only orchestra from the north and there were just 3 schools (and 4 music hubs) represented nationally. Quite an achievement to be chosen from all the state schools/music services in the country.
This year, NFMY has embraced the celebration element of the festival. So no placings were given, as in the past. Instead, detailed feedback was given to each group, which was really good – wonderful to hear professional musicians give their independent comments and suggestions. And also completely fabulous to hear such repertoire from other orchestras played to such a high level. It was such a treat to just sit in the audience and enjoy 2 hours of performances. It was also lovely that we had such great parental support too in the hall.
We’d like to thank Janet Janes, who is inspirational as conductor of string orchestra, sourcing amazing music (arranged by former parent Adrienne Spilsbury) and injecting such passion to rehearsals – with such a high level of technical expertise too as violinist. She teaches many of the students individually and this really shows in their commitment to her and the orchestra, but also in the way they play.
Also to Cara Janes, who has coached the cello section and to Zoe Burke who has helped with the double bass part.
Bravo to all student string players!
Well done to Róisín V (8-1) her sister Orla (who joins AGGS in Sept), Grace & Esther. They competed in the Kirkby Lonsdale band contest in the training section & came 1st.
They are members of Flixton Community Band who’d like to recruit new members to join them on Saturday mornings.
We are delighted to let you know that two of our outstanding young Year 11 GCSE artists have successfully had their artwork accepted for the Royal Academy Summer Show. It is an online exhibition which showcases the work of students from across the country and is such a fantastic recognition of their talent.
Huge congratulations go to Lauren A and Jenny Z!
Take a look at the exhibition here:
‘Girl’ – Jenny Z, Year 11
‘Hanging Basket’ – Lauren A, Year 11
AGGS String Orchestra have won a place at the finals of the prestigious National competition of Music for Youth. This comes as no surprise, given the standard of the playing of this orchestra, and the talent and vision of Janet Janes, who directs them. The students regularly rehearse on a Friday after school – another indication of their dedication.
Their programme of Elgar songs (Anna Townsend) and specially arranged Kodaly pieces was exhilarating to listen to and watch at the Rochdale regional competition.
String Orchestra have won through at least twice before to the finals. The date of the final is Thu 4th July, in Birmingham Town Hall.
Well done to all of them!
On Sunday 19th November Grace, Y8, competed in the TDCI English Junior Modern Championships and was awarded 1st Place out of 119 competitors becoming the English Junior Modern Champion 2017. The TDCI English Championships took place at the Waterside Arts Centre, Sale and Grace was presented with the Trophy by the Mayor of Trafford Jonathan Coupe.