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.

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Y7 Brass Workshop

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!

Brass success

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.