Chicago

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.

Mimi and the Mountain Dragon, BBC 1 Boxing Day 3.20pm

If you would like to be entranced by a beautiful new animated version of Michael Morpurgo’s children’s story Mimi and the Mountain Dragon’, please tune in to BBC 1 on Boxing Day at 3.20pm.

Esther G in 8-1 has been sworn to secrecy about this project up until a few weeks ago. She was chosen to record the singing voice of Mimi as part of her role singing in the Halle Childrens’ Choir.

Her sister, Grace G in Y9 and also Olivia H in Y8 are also singing in the other recorded sections as part of the Halle choir.

The animation was aired on Tuesday on R3 on In tune, to promote the Boxing Day showing: https://www.bbc.co.uk/sounds/play/m000cclk

Rachel Portman, who wrote the music, is interviewed. If you scroll down and listen from 23 – 26 mins, she talks about Esther and the clip of her singing is included. It really is an amazing accolade to be chosen to sing for something this high profile and Esther is very humble about this and a stalwart member of AGGS Junior and Chamber choirs here.

We are very proud of them well done!

Around the world in 80 days drama production

On 3rd and 4th December 2019, drama students from Years 8 and 9 travelled back to Victorian times and voyaged around the globe (…or in our case, the main hall!) in just 80 days (an evening!) in an adaptation of the 1872 adventure novel ‘Around the World in 80 Days’ written by Jules Verne.

The story begins in London, where Phileas Fogg – a wealthy Victorian gentleman and member of the reform club reads a newspaper article stating that it is possible to voyage around the world in 80 days. In a bid to prove this to his to his fellow club members, Fogg wages half of his life’s fortune of £20,000 that he and his newly appointed French valet Passerpartout can do just that!

The production saw the cast set out on a dazzling escapade that took them through the misty valleys of London to the exotic subcontinent and on to the Wild West as they raced against the clock on a dizzying succession of trains, steamers, a wind-propelled sledge and an elephant!

But it’s not all plain sailing for Mr Fogg… a case of mistaken identity in Egypt means that he is unable to secure a warrant and ends up being accompanied to Bombay on a steamer by a Scotland Yard detective.  After reaching India, they take a train from Bombay to Calcutta. On this journey Fogg realises that there was a mistake in the original article and a stretch of railway track had not yet been built. There is only one way forward – by elephant! With the elephant purchased and a guide hired, the journey continues.

Whilst in India they meet a young woman called Aouda who is in trouble so they decide to rescue her and take her with them. The journey continues but not without delay, Fogg misses his connection and has now been separated from his trusty sidekick Passerpartou.

Eventually reunited, the four board a paddle-steamer called the General Grant, taking them across the Pacific to San Francisco.

In a race against time, the companions eventually arrive in Ireland and take the train to Dublin and before catching a ferry to Liverpool. By this point, they are still in time to reach London before the deadline. Once on English soil, Detective Fix produces a warrant and arrests Fogg. A short time later, the misunderstanding is cleared up – the actual robber, an individual named James Strand, had been caught three days earlier in Edinburgh. However, Fogg has missed the train and arrives in London five minutes late, certain he has lost the wager.

The following day Fogg apologises to Aouda for bringing her with him, since he now has to live in poverty and cannot support her. Aouda confesses that she loves him and asks him to marry her. As Passepartout notifies a minister, he learns that he is mistaken in the date – it is not 22 December, but instead 21 December. Because the party had travelled eastward, their days were shortened by four minutes for each of the 360 degrees of longitude they crossed; thus, although they had experienced the same amount of time abroad as people had experienced in London, they had seen 80 sunrises and sunsets while London had seen only 79.

Passepartout informs Fogg of his mistake, and Fogg hurries to the Reform Club just in time to meet his deadline and win the wager. Having spent almost £19,000 of his travel money during the journey, he divides the remainder between Passepartout and Fix and marries Aouda.

After the production we caught up with Sueda in Year 9 to talk about playing the lead role…
Playing Mr Fogg was a personal challenge for me, as he was a sort of character that I usually don’t go for. In some ways I could relate to him, and other times I had to get to know him. He was a man of no emotions and nearer to the end he found them. He realised that money can’t buy him happiness- it was love and friendship. The performance was an absolute blast! The whole cast working together; it brought a real sense of community and friendship in its own way, that I will never forget!

Christmas Concert

Our Christmas concerts this year again proved to be a real musical calendar highlight. Over 200 students performed across 2 nights, showcasing 15 different ensembles performing a wide variety of music as ever. Over half of these ensembles were led by students, including a brand new Ukulele band!
Thankyou to all students, music staff and staff helpers, without who we couldn’t make this happen. Also to the PTA for refreshments, the caretaking staff, reprographics and office staff.

A wonderful start to the festive season!

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AGGS piano concert

Calling all piano pupils!

Tickets now available from Reception for our very first piano concert here at AGGS – Tuesday 29th October 7pm

All proceeds from this concert go towards raising money for our new Schimmel piano for Treetops practice room.

Ticket prices: £10 adults  £5 concessions

Please bring your families and friends along – the PTA will provide refreshments in the interval

Note:
Any parent or students wishing to choose a piano key to sponsor can do so at Reception – there is a piano key plan. Please bring £10 cash per key and write your name on your chosen key.

LCO Concert 3rd November 2019

Lancashire Chamber Orchestra
Featuring The Maia Singers
Autumn Concert

Purcell | Britten:
Chaconne for Strings
Elgar:
Salut d’Amour
Hodgson:
Pizz and Pieces (World Premiere)
Maia Singers:
Various
Schubert:
Entr’acte from Rosamunde
Symphony No.5 (final movement)

Conductor: Robert Chasey
Leader: Anne Heaton

3pm Sunday 3rd November 2019

Altrincham Grammar School for Girls
Cavendish Rd, Bowdon, Altrincham, WA14 2NL

Tickets: £10 inc. programme
Under 18s free when accompanied by an adult

Tickets can be reserved by phone: 0161 980 4275
www.lancashirechamberorchestra

Summer Serenade

This week we were treated to a wonderful evening of music by the students and staff of AGGS. There was something for everyone on the programme with the ‘Big Band’ sound of Duke Ellington, an incredible solo singing performance of Elgar’s ‘Sea Pictures’ by Y13’s Anna, expertly accompanied by the string orchestra. Between the larger groups were ensemble pieces and the evening rounded off with delightful performances by the junior choir, expertly led (for the last time) by Louise Dickinson who leaves us at the end of term. The students prepared a really touching musical tribute to Louise followed by an amazing ‘group hug’! We wish Louise all the best for her new musical adventures.

Written by Dr John Stephens CBE, CEO of Bright Futures Educational Trust

See below tweets from the performance including audios:

 


 


 


 

Year 10 performing at Danceworks

Year 10 were invited to perform at the Danceworks community dance festival on Sunday. They performed a dance inspired by the Ibrox Stadium disaster of 1971, when 66 people lost their lives and more than 200 people were injured at a crush amongst the Old Firm football crowd.

The dancers performed their piece at the New Adelphi Theatre at Salford University and participated in dance workshops. They were professional throughout and performed with emotion and excellent technique. We were very proud!