Let it Be, arranged by the inspiring young saxophonist Jess Gillam

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

Read more on the following article:

https://www.udiscovermusic.com/news/watch-jess-gillams-virtual-scratch-orchestra-perform-let-it-be/

Eve got first prize in Living Edge Art Competition

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.
Fabulous News!!!

The Greatest Dancer – Grace S 10-3

Unfortunately, Vale’s time on the Greatest Dancer has now come to an end as they didn’t get through this week. You could watch their performance this week on BBC iplayer. They were the 2nd performance of the evening.

What an amazing achievement for Grace and her team to get to the last 7 acts and a fantastic experience to be involved in the process and all those live shows.

They will have one last chance to perform in the live final, with all 12 of the final acts, on Saturday 7th March on BBC1. They have also been asked to appear on Blue Peter!

Mrs Anstey

The Greatest Dancer

Huge congratulations to Grace (Year 10) who, together with her dance school Vale, is down to the final 10 acts on BBC1s The Greatest Dancer. Please keep watching and supporting, Saturday nights on BBC1. Good luck Grace. We are so proud of you!

Chicago

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.

Grace’s team gone through to next stage in BBC’s TGD

Grace, with her dance school, is down to the final 12 dance groups in BBC1’s The Greatest Dancer! She is on Team Oti.
This Saturday, all 12 groups will perform new dances in the live challenge show. Who goes through each week is now down to the public vote, and 2 groups go home every Saturday. Fingers crossed Grace stays in the competition for as long as possible. They really deserve this amazing opportunity.
Please support Grace, the live shows start on Saturday (1st Feb) 6:30pm on BBC1.

Jazz Camp for Girls

Six fun weekend jazz camps introducing girls 9 – 15 to improvisation and the experience of being in a band

Join Jazz North and our partners for a weekend of musical fun at Jazz Camp for Girls, an unforgettable first experience of improvisation that will help build your confidence and musical curiosity. Over two days of creative music workshops under the mentorship of female role models, you will experiment with different techniques, instruments and new technologies and will enjoy small group sessions that give you the experience of being part of a band.

Camp price is £30 with concession for siblings
A limited number of full bursaries are available for each camp. To request a busary email jcfg@jazznorth.org

Click here for more information

Grace on BBC’s The Greatest Dancer

Grace S (Year 10) performed an amazing dance on The Greatest Dancer on Saturday evening with her dance school, Vale.

Here is the link to their dance in case you missed it:

What an outstanding performance! Huge congratulations to Grace, we are so proud of you!

Good luck to Grace, and Vale, for the upcoming callbacks in a couple of weeks time. We have everything crossed hoping you get through to the live finals. We will all be watching The Greatest Dancer on BBC1 on Saturday evenings.

Christmas Carol Service

It was an annual treat to have the opportunity to reflect and sing at St Mary’s church, Bowdon during our traditional Nine lessons and Carols. Junior, Senior and Chamber choirs sang beautifully and Sneha R and Sreya D also serenaded us on playing saxophone.
It was wonderful to hear the whole school sing carols, and for the readers to do so with professionalism.

Thankyou to St Mary’s bellringers, Mr Bryan their organist and to Rev Ian Rumsey for helping us reflect as a school community on what Christmas means to us.