During lockdown, Year 10 and Year 11 GCSE Dancers participated in a dance workshop on Zoom with James Cousins Dance company. They had an hour theory class from James Cousins himself, who is the choreographer of one the professional dances on the GCSE Dance Anthology! They then had a practical workshop with a James Cousins Dance Company dancer, George. This was a fantastic opportunity for the students and gave everyone a positive boost and lots of inspiration at a challenging time.
The GCSE Dancers worked very hard over lockdown to choreograph and create our first dance film. Edited by Mrs Anstey, the film is called ‘The Light Can’t Last Forever’ and our stimulus was grief. They have all worked so hard to create this film over the last few weeks and I am sure you will agree that it is a fantastic achievement.
Watch their film here:
If you have been preparing a solo or group dance for the dance production, the auditions to show your finished piece are on: Tuesday 12th January.
- All dancers must be from the same year group
- There must be no contact work, or being face to face with other dancers
- Your dance must be finished (it doesn’t need to be very long 2-3 minutes is fine)
- Bring your music on your phone / CD
- You could also submit a dance film
- The auditions on Tuesday 12th January will be from 3:40-4:30pm.
- In January, you will be able to sign up to a time-slot on the dance noticeboard in the gym changing rooms. Once you have performed, you may leave.
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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.
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
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195 students from Years 7-13 performed in this year’s production, Icons. What a fantastic show. Huge congratulations to everyone who performed or choreographed dances. A special thank you to the senior students who ran a weekly dance club this year. We really appreciate your talent, effort and commitment.
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!’