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.
By Preet G & Gloria C Year 7
The annual Living Edge School’s Art Competition took place at The Lowry on Saturday morning and as usual the work exhibited by all of the students was very impressive.
Eve (Year 12) won first prize in one of the three category’s for her brilliant ‘beetroot’.
Her work has already been published in the March issue of the magazine and the winners will feature in the April edition.
7_2 Are currently working on a project called Under the Sea. They are looking at the work of the artist Yellena James. In the classwork here the students have created their own scraper boards using oil pastel and poster paint. They have looked at the artists work and created their own designs using the shapes and patterns in Yellena James work.
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.
Our whole school musical will be Chicago in July 2020. Students in Years 7, 8, 9, 10, 12 are invited to participate. You will need to be free to rehearse every Tuesday after school 3:30-4:45pm in the hall. Just turn up to the first rehearsal on Tuesday 14th April. If you want to audition for a main part, you must attend a music audition on Wednesday 19th February or Friday 21st February plus attend the dance and drama audition on Thursday 20th February. You must sign up for a time slot on the sheets outside the drama studio, and prepare one of the songs on the notice. Please see the posters outside the drama studio for more information, or speak to your dance / drama / music teacher.
If you would like to be entranced by a beautiful new animated version of Michael Morpurgo’s children’s story ‘Mimi and the Mountain Dragon’, please tune in to BBC 1 on Boxing Day at 3.20pm.
Esther G in 8-1 has been sworn to secrecy about this project up until a few weeks ago. She was chosen to record the singing voice of Mimi as part of her role singing in the Halle Childrens’ Choir.
Her sister, Grace G in Y9 and also Olivia H in Y8 are also singing in the other recorded sections as part of the Halle choir.
The animation was aired on Tuesday on R3 on In tune, to promote the Boxing Day showing: https://www.bbc.co.uk/sounds/play/m000cclk
Rachel Portman, who wrote the music, is interviewed. If you scroll down and listen from 23 – 26 mins, she talks about Esther and the clip of her singing is included. It really is an amazing accolade to be chosen to sing for something this high profile and Esther is very humble about this and a stalwart member of AGGS Junior and Chamber choirs here.
We are very proud of them well done!