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.
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.
‘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!’
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
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.
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!
Our whole school musical will be Chicago in July 2020. Students in Years 7, 8, 9, 10, 12 are invited to participate. You will need to be free to rehearse every Tuesday after school 3:30-4:45pm in the hall. Just turn up to the first rehearsal on Tuesday 14th April. If you want to audition for a main part, you must attend a music audition on Wednesday 19th February or Friday 21st February plus attend the dance and drama audition on Thursday 20th February. You must sign up for a time slot on the sheets outside the drama studio, and prepare one of the songs on the notice. Please see the posters outside the drama studio for more information, or speak to your dance / drama / music teacher.
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).
Six fun weekend jazz camps introducing girls 9 – 15 to improvisation and the experience of being in a band
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Camp price is £30 with concession for siblings
A limited number of full bursaries are available for each camp. To request a busary email email@example.com