Opera North Online Instrumental Academy – Free instrumental workshops over half term

Opera North is hosting a series of free, online instrumental workshops for young instrumentalists (aged 10-18 and studying Grade 4+ or equivalent) led by members of the Orchestra of Opera North.

The workshops will be held between the 15 – 19 February (Half Term) and will focus on a particular instrument or on an orchestral section, such as woodwind, brass and percussion. Each session has been designed in collaboration with Opera North’s professional musicians to enable participants to celebrate what makes their instrument special and to develop technical ability and overall musicality in a friendly, supportive and safe environment. Above all, we want the workshops to offer a connection with professional musicians and a sense of extended musical community during the new lockdown.

All information is available on Opera North website: Orchestral Academy Online (operanorth.co.uk)

Please note: the deadline to register is 9am Monday 8 February. There is no fee for this project, but places will be limited to ensure workshops aren’t overcrowded.

Y13 song – 2020 Christmas Day

The Y13 A level group composed this uplifting song amidst the pandemic. Do watch their performance – they composed it in just a few hours together.
The lyrics are here if you’d like to sing along!

2020 christmas day

alone on christmas day
england as always is grey
santa is riding on his sleigh
to deliver presents we pray
but christmas is kinda cliche
we wanna make this a special day
so some tritones will come your way
Looks like lockdowns here to stay

2020 christmas looks different on Zoom
you cant sing carols when ur mics on mute
Thought you’d meet up your with friends
But you’re not
So we gotta make the most of what we got
Heres to 2020 Christmas day

panic buying toilet papers tinsel for the tree
all brits need is a good cup of tea
go outside don’t go outside to be or not to be
wash your hands to happy birthday, safety guarantee
support local businesses save the economy
clap for the nhs because it’s full in a&e
need a christmas turkey try out takeout kfc
this christmas won’t be so bad just wait and see

Under mistletoe with someone you’ve wanted to ask
But you cant get close and you both have mask
Thought you’d meet up with your friends
But you’re not
So we gotta make the most of what we got
Here to 2020 Christmas day

christmas means almost new year
the pubs will open soon don’t you fear
so if in doubt just hold on tight
2021 is gonna be alright

christmas means almost new year
2021 is about to premiere
a vaccine is in sight
2021 will be alright
2021 will be alright
2021 will be alright

AGGS Virtual Christmas Concert 2020

Please enjoy watching our virtual Christmas concert.
We are proud of the way students and staff have risen to the challenges of rehearsing at a distance, with smaller year group musical ensembles and how they’ve adapted on a weekly basis when students have been self isolating.
Jazz Band and Saxophone ensemble have put together a lovely virtual arrangement, when students playing brass/wind instruments have been learning safely completely from home.
String Orchestra and Chamber choir recorded their items after just one rehearsal after the most recent month long lockdown.
Have a lovely Christmas from everyone in the Music Department at AGGS!

Click on the link below to watch the concert online:
https://wp.aggs.trafford.sch.uk/arts/aggs-virtual-christmas-concert-2020/

AGGS Virtual Christmas Concert 2020

 


If you are able, please donate towards our concert. Donations to be split between

AGGS
Music Department
Concert Fund

and HelpMusicians

Donations can be made through ParentPay

 

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Trafford Music opportunities for Year 8-13

Online music workshops for 13-19’s with Brighter Sound

Aimed at young musicians interested in developing their skills, exploring new ways to make music, and/or looking at music as part of their future career. Sessions will be led by a range of inspiring guest artists including MC Strategy, producer Breezewax, RnB singer-songwriter Mali Hayes and electro-pop artist Natalie McCool.

Between 16 Nov-9 Dec, Brighter Sound will be running two free weekly workshops focusing on the different elements of being a musician. On Monday nights we’ll focus on the practical things you need to know and on Wednesday nights we’ll explore exciting new approaches to making music. Depending on your interests, you’re welcome to come to just one workshop, a selection of
them, or the whole series.

Until we’re able to meet safely in person, we hope these workshops help you to stay connected to your love of music, your ambitions for the future, and each other.

Participants will need access to a laptop, tablet or phone and internet access, and will need to register in advance of each workshop – please click the links below to find out more.

Online music workshops for 13-19’s with Brighter Sound

 

 

Successful Half Term for Music Department

The Music Dpartment has had a really successful half term with 9 extra curricular music ensembles now running, with almost every year group with the opportunity to join a music bubble at lunchtime. We also have had some great rehearsals all at 2m distance with String Orchestra, Jazz Band and Chamber Choir.

This is impressive, as the listening skills required to perform at such distance are significant in relation to blend and tuning. Students have grown in confidence!

Our GCSE and A level students are also leading their own ensembles weekly and it’s great to begin to hear some Christmas music being prepared for our remote Christmas concert this term.

Thanks to all the Music Dpt staff for leading and organising these ensembles and also to the many instrumental teachers who are teaching either face to face, or remotely within stringent music Covid safety guidelines.

Free online jazz sessions over the summer 3-7 August

Simon Lodge, who runs our AGGS Jazz Band is promoting a great jazz online course over the summer.
This would be great for any budding jazz musicians – aged 11-18.
Woodwind, brass, guitar and piano players, and drummers all welcome who have Grade 3 + approximate level.

He says
‘We hold the course every year and I do invite the students but it’s normally in Macclesfield, this year we’re online and it’s free so really accessible!’

Let it Be, arranged by the inspiring young saxophonist Jess Gillam

Please enjoy watching this wonderful version of Let it Be, arranged by the inspiring young saxophonist Jess Gillam.

All AGGS music classes were invited to join this project by uploading a video of either playing an instrument or singing. The arrangement is a lovely one.

It was serendipity as we sing Let it Be regularly in our AGGS assemblies and often it’s this song that is chosen by Y11 and Y13 in their leavers’ assembly.

A big thank you to our wonderful team of 14 instrumental teachers, who are teaching students remotely and who encouraged their pupils to record a part.

Look out for the following students, who have let me know they were involved. Some specified the time they can be seen. They will all be awarded a merit:

7-3 Kalila R           double bass
7-3 Maia S H         singing      – 3.37
8-2 Abi H               singing

8-2 Regina E         violin
8-4 Zoe H              trombone 
8-5 Thakshila R   trombone – 1.48
8-5 Bea W            clarinet
9-3 Eleanor W     bassoon    – 1.18
Y9 Eleanor H       violin

Read more on the following article:

https://www.udiscovermusic.com/news/watch-jess-gillams-virtual-scratch-orchestra-perform-let-it-be/

Music and Wellbeing Images

See a highly creative musical images by our Key Stage 3 students

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.

Grace-G-Y9-Brass-Ensemble from aggschool on Vimeo.