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.