All systems go!

It has been fantastic to hear our corridor alive with music again this week.

MusicFest is coming!

Our first concert of the year is coming up. MusicFests are informal concerts where students from any year group can perform pieces of their own choice to a friendly and supportive audience. We always have a huge range of music, from students’ very first public performance to students who are already hugely experienced musicians. We have all styles of music from classical to rock to musical theatre and students’ own compositions. There are solos, duets and groups.

Here is the video from a previous MusicFest so you can get a flavour of what it’s like:

Details on how to take part to follow.

Ksenija Sidorova at the Proms 2021

Ksenija Sidorova

Enjoy this fab clip of Latvian accordionist Ksenija Sidorova playing a piece called Libertango by Piazzolla arr. John Lenehan. Watch from 14 minutes in.

Music podcast recommendation

Soul Music is a music documentary series on BBC Radio 4 which aims to focus on the emotional impact of famous pieces of music. The works chosen can be anything from classical, popular, jazz or religious.

The programme doesn’t have a presenter, but features a montage of interviews interspersed with clips of the work in question. Each programme usually has three to five contributors who have a personal story connected to the piece of music. One is usually a musicologist, conductor or performer who discusses the background to the work or composer, the other contributors are people who have a personal story connected to the piece.

Listen to Soul Music here.

Why music from our teens stays with us forever

The nostalgia surrounding our favourite songs isn’t just a recollection of old memories; scientific studies show we remember more from our adolescence and early twenties than any other period of our lives.

The music we listen to during this period has greater lasting impact than songs in later life because of a psychological phenomenon called the reminiscence bump. Click here to find out more.

Let’s make A LOT OF NOISE this term!

All rehearsals start in the week beginning Monday 13th September and we are so excited! Try out the different activities on offer and BRING YOUR FRIENDS!

Please note that the guitar group has changed time-slot

Calling all clarinet players

Famous Clarinet Players | Woodwind & Brasswind : The Music Room

Please pop in to CGG or email me (elf) to let me know you play the clarinet. I am hoping to put together a clarinet choir this term. Watch this space … From Mrs Foster

Opportunities at BYMT this term

Bromley Youth Music Trust is an independent music service nationally renowned for providing a very high quality, comprehensive and inclusive instrumental and vocal music education to the young people of Bromley and surrounding areas, as well as providing a wide range of performance opportunities. We are very lucky to have this service in Bromley.

Please click on the picture below to find out more about the many opportunities on offer at BYMT this term:

The Music Hub @ BYMT

The Music Hub is a social enterprise musical instrument and supplies business based at BYMT. The Music Hub sells anything and everything that’s music related. They also consider part exchange and have a range of pre-loved instruments for sale.

Please click here to find out more.

Please don’t try this at home!

Click on the heading below to read this story.

This day in music

This Day in Music History: January 24

Please click here to find out what has happened on this day in the past in the music world.

Welcome back!

Extra curricular music @ Hayes this term:

Please note: A clarinet choir will also be added to the timetable. Please email Mrs Foster (elf) to let me know you play the clarinet and which days/times would work for you.

We are SUPER excited to get started with you all. Let’s make 2021-2022 as musical as possible!

Instrumental and singing lessons @ Hayes:

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Put your rhythm to the test by trying out this interactive musical Google Doodle celebrating swing dance and the Savoy Ballroom in New York. Click on the link in the previous sentence, and then click on the flashing arrow.

Behind the Doodle:

Merry Christmas Everyone!

We have only had three weeks of rehearsal this term… and even then with hugely reduced numbers of students. We miss all our concerts and rehearsals so much! Still, we are proud that we have been able to put a few things together for this virtual Christmas concert… and we look forward to 2021 being a lot MORE full of music!
Some fun ideas for Christmas music-making – or a future MusicFest item, maybe?

Stay musical over the holidays! You’ll find some Christmas carol karaoke here and awesome singing blobs here (yes, really!)

There’s loads of great music being streamed over the holidays… check out this guide. Also check out loads of things to listen to and music facts here

Listen to what the BYMT ensembles have been working on this term here

Have a great, music-filled Christmas, and we look forward to making LOTS OF NOISE at some point next year!

The blog is back!

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What a weird year this has been… but for the first time since March, we will be able to start a very limited programme of extra-curricular activities next week. We are restricted to keeping activities within bubbles, and lunchtime is too short to use for rehearsing these days, so we can only offer music activities for Years 7, 8 and 9. Here is what’s on offer:

Wednesday after school: Year 7 choir and Year 7 band

Thursday after school: Year 9 Jamsesh (all instruments/voices)

Friday after school: Year 8 Jamsesh (all instruments/voices)

We can only accommodate a small number of students at a time because of the limits on how many people can sing/play wind instruments in a room, and if you have expressed an interest in joining, we have emailed a number of you to invite you (check your emails!). Further places may become available in due course.

Although this is a very small beginning, we are really looking forward to doing some music, and recording some things to put into a Virtual Christmas Concert.

BYMT Musical Theatre workshop

TUESDAY 1st DECEMBER BYMT will be welcoming CARLY THOMS (West End’s Current Miss Honey) for an exclusive online MATILDA Workshop.  Looking at the acting & dancing skills required for MATILDA, Carly will coach you through some of the scenes from the hit West End show & teach you some of the choreography.  There are 3 workshops 5.30-6.30pm (Ages 8-11) / 6.45-7.45pm (ages 12-15) / 8.00-9.00pm (ages 16-21).  Cost is £8 per student.  Spaces are limited – don’t miss out!  For more information & to book, please visit  

Jess Gillam’s Virtual Scratch Ensemble – Christmas edition

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The concept is simple: On the website there are parts for all instruments, you video yourself playing the part that suits you most, send it in and then they’ll collate all of the videos to make a Virtual Orchestra and Jess will play along too. All audio parts will be used in the final video, however it may not be possible to include all video appearances.

The Christmas piece will be Sleigh Ride by Leroy Anderson. Written in 1948 by Leroy Anderson and recorded by The Ronnettes, Ella Fitzgerald and Bing Crosby, this piece is a firm Christmas favourite and will be great fun for us all to play together. You can download musical parts and choice of click tracks from

Happy summer everyone!

Thank you to everyone who contributed to the Virtual Summer Concert, and proved that Hayes just can’t stop being musical! 🙂

Well it’s all been very strange, hasn’t it! We are looking forward to seeing everyone in September. We are hoping to have some extra-curricular music up and running, as we know how much everyone has missed it, but it will have to take a slightly different format from normal. We’ll let you know the details when term starts (things might change in the meantime, so we don’t want to make any firm plans just yet).


We will get back to having concerts as soon as we are allowed to. If that isn’t for a while, we will do more virtual/video events. If you have any brilliant ideas, please let us know about them!

In the meantime, have a great summer and stay musical!

Daily listening Friday 17th July

Summertime” is a song by American hip-hop duo DJ Jazzy Jeff & The Fresh Prince. The duo consisted of rapper Will Smith (the Fresh Prince) and disc jockey Jeff Townes (DJ Jazzy Jeff). The song was released in May 1991 and became their most successful single.

The song samples the 1974 song “Summer Madness” by the American band, Kool & the Gang.

Have a fabulous summer holiday! Maybe do some really lovely musical things – try a new instrument, learn a new piece, or listen to something different. We look forward to hearing all about it next term.

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Daily listening Thursday 16th July

His third album ‘Hide and Seek’ was released in March 2020.

Adam Ben Ezra (born 1982) is an Israeli self-taught multi-instrumentalist, composer and educator, known for his double bass performances. He is also an online sensation with more than ten million hits on YouTube and a strong social media following. He was introduced to the double-bass at age 16 and was instantly attracted to the instrument’s rich sound. He incorporates elements of Jazz, Funk, Latin and Mediterranean music into his playing, and often uses a combination of electronic effects and pedals to loop his notes in order to deliver a rich wall of sound.

Find out more about the double bass here

Daily listening Wednesday 15th July

Edward Kennedy “Duke” Ellington (1899 – 1974) was an American composer, pianist and big-band bandleader who composed thousands of scores over his 50-year career. He composed It Don’t Mean a Thing (If It Ain’t Got That Swing) in 1931. The lyrics were written by Irving Mills. The song is now accepted as a jazz standard.

big band is a type of ensemble of jazz music. They dominated jazz in the early 1940s when swing music was most popular and the big bands provided the accompaniment for dancing. Swing music uses subtle syncopated rhythms (rhythm patterns where stressed notes are placed off the beat).

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In contrast to the typical jazz emphasis on improvisation, big bands relied more on written compositions and arrangements. They gave a greater role to bandleaders, arrangers, and sections of instruments rather than soloists. Big bands usually consists of ten or more musicians with four sections: saxophones, trumpets, trombones, and a rhythm section.