This term our Senior Recital showcased all our GCSE and A level students performing their coursework – solos and compositions – to an extremely high standard. It is always great at this stage to hear the result of their hard work since the beginning of the course.
In addition, the audience were treated to wonderful performances from both String Orchestra, directed by Mrs Janet Janes, and to Chamber Choir, led by Ms Julia Mayall, accompanied by Mrs Anne Marie Bentall. Their programmes were performed later that week at the regional heat in Rochdale Town Hall of the national competition, Music for Youth.
The programme comprised two wonderful songs from ‘Sea Pictures’ by Elgar, arranged for String Orchestra by a former parent, Ms Adrienne Spilsbury and sung by Anna Townsend. In addition they performed some exciting arrangements of a Kodaly piece.
Chamber choir sang an eclectic mix of music, from the folk blues song, led by Annie Stedman, to a clever arrangement of the Beatles’ song ‘Blackbird’, finishing with the stunning 8 part ‘Ave Maria’, written for double choir by Gustav Holst – all sung from memory.
We wish both groups well as they hope to be selected for the competition final in Birmingham in July.
Please do listen to soundclips from this competition, on @AGGS_Music
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