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.
On the evening of the 11th March, over 200 students performed to a large audience in the Main Hall. It was wonderful to see a range of talents from Y7-Y13. A variety of groups played, from student-led ensembles to full sized orchestras & 3 choirs. Some instruments included the double bass, the bassoon and the French Horn which aren’t played by many people. As well as this, there were different types of music played such as sad, jazz, modern & classical. The audience particularly enjoyed participating by clapping along to the beat! They were also delighted to hear some well-known songs such as the classic ‘Pink Panther’, ‘In the Hall of the Mountain King, and ‘Something inside so strong’. Everyone thought it was fantastic to see how hard the ensembles and groups had worked and how they had grown in number due to its increasing popularity. We would all like to thank Ms Mayall for organising the concert and the teachers who performed and those who helped out. Also a huge thank you to the PTA for serving drinks and delicious snacks during the interval! As well as this, we would like thank the Y10s who contributed their wonderful artwork towards the programme.