MusicFest – change of date

We have had to change the date of MusicFest so it will now be held on Thursday 23rd February at 6pm. Please sign up here. The last day for entries will be Monday 20th February.

Music department events this term:

Please click here to be taken to the Concert Band page. Here you’ll find links to this term’s pieces so you can play along at home when practising.

Please click here to be taken to the Musical Theatre page. Here you’ll find links to this term’s pieces so you can sing along at home when practising.


Fab opportunities:

Click here for more info


https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chiquitita


Vox Earworm

A series of videos that take you on a musical journey to discover the stories and sounds behind popular songs.

Click here to see the full list


And finally …

Have you signed up for the Royal Albert Hall trip?

The trip consists of a tour of the Royal Albert Hall in the morning, time for lunch in Kensington Gardens and a concert in the afternoon. The deadline for signing up and paying is Friday 27th January.

Packed lunch and rounders in Kensington Gardens. Let’s hope the weather is like it is in this photo 🙂


Music department events this term:

Please click here to be taken to the Concert Band page. Here you’ll find links to this term’s pieces so you can play along at home when practising.

Please click here to be taken to the Musical Theatre page. Here you’ll find links to this term’s pieces so you can sing along at home when practising.


BYMT news

Congratulations to Emma and Lily-May in year 10 who have both reached the finals of BYMT competitions taking place next weekend.

Tickets here


NYO tour reviews – well done again to Brooke and Emma for being part of these concerts.

https://www.msn.com/en-gb/entertainment/music/the-national-youth-orchestra-sets-the-barbican-ablaze-plus-the-best-of-january-s-classical-concerts/ar-AA15X3o6

https://theartsdesk.com/classical-music/national-youth-orchestra-bloch-barbican-review-blazing-and-surging-odysseys

For those of you inspired by both music and art …

Try out this radio series here

And finally …

MusicFest – Thursday 9th February, 6pm

The next MusicFest is just under 4 weeks away so you need to get planning, collaborating and practising!

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. One of the loveliest thngs about these events is when students from different year groups work on something together. MusicFests are always a much loved event on the Hayes Music calendar.

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

Keep an eye on the blog for details of how to sign up.


Congratulations to Brooke for being part of the NYO’s four city Odyssey tour. The tour was a huge success and received rave reviews.

If you would like to find out more about joining the NYO and NYO Inspire, speak to Brooke in year 12 and Emma and Erin in year 10. More information can be found here.


Read the full article here.


John Williams interview

Our next music trip (May 2023) will feature lots of John William’s music:

More trip info to follow.



And finally …

Welcome back everyone

We have got lots to look forward to this term:

All music clubs will start up again next week. See you there …


Click here to see the full list


Local music news


I’d really like to start up the Guest Contributor feature again. Anyone involved in the music department at Hayes can write something for the blog. It could be a write-up of a musical experience you’ve been on, a review, a recommendation … anything to do with music really. In the past we’ve had students write about concerts they’ve performed in, workshops/courses they’ve attended, shows/concerts they’ve been to, songs/pieces they’ve discovered and so on.

If you would like to contribute something for the blog, either come and see me in CGG, or send me an email. Thank you.


Have you visited the music section in the school library?

These are just a few of the books available to borrow in the library. There are MANY more so go and see for yourself. Let me know if you discover one you’d like to recommend and review.


Watch Anna Lapwood deconstruct a Bach fugue

You can watch Anna play the organ at Croydon’s Fairfield Halls in April. She’ll be performing Saint-Saëns Symphony No.3.

In this concert, BBC Radio Presenter and Associate Artist of the Royal Albert Hall, Anna Lapwood, turns pipe dreams into reality by, quite literally, taking us inside the pipes with her camera, revealing the hidden side of the instrument we never get to see. Performing on Fairfield Hall’s organ for its grand re-opening, Anna plays Saint-Saëns’ colossal Symphony No.3, nicknamed the ‘organ symphony for its fiery showcase of the organ as it depicts the end of the world.


And finally …

Well done on a brilliant Christmas concert

You can watch previous school shows, plays and concerts on the Hayes Creates website:

https://hayescreates.co.uk/


All music clubs will start up in the week beginning the 9th January.

See you there 🙂


Have you visited the music section in the school library?

These are just a few of the books available to borrow in the library. There are MANY more so go and see for yourself. Let me know if you discover one you’d like to recommend and review.


Read the full article here.


Discover new Christmas music

There are lots more Christmas playlists to try out. Click here to see them all.



Watch Violinist Randall Goosby gliding effortlessly over Bruch’s Violin Concerto No. 1 under the baton of Alpesh Chauhan

Max Bruch’s Violin Concerto No. 1 in G minor, Op. 26, is one of the most popular violin concertos in solo violin repertoire and, along with the Scottish Fantasy, the composer’s most famous work. Max Bruch (1838 – 1920) was a German Romantic composer, violinist, teacher, and conductor who wrote more than 200 works.

Wikipedia

Do you agree?


And finally …

The Christmas Concert is next Thursday

Here’s the rehearsal schedule for the day of the concert (Thursday 15th December). Please make a note of when you are needed and make sure you have your instrument/music in school with you on that day. The rehearsals will take place in the hall unless stated otherwise.

Your teachers will know why you are absent from lessons that day, but it is your responsibility to find out what you missed and catch up.

Usual lunch rehearsals will take place up until the concert.

Here are some things you need to know about the concert itself:

  • The concert is at 6.30pm in the Hall. It will be finished by 9pm.
  • You need to wear all black. Not blue, not brown, not patterned, and no big logos. If you want to wear a bit of tinsel etc. on yourself or on your instrument, go for it.
  • Tickets are £5 on the door for adults or pay via ParentPay. Under 18s and senior citizens are free.
  • The music classrooms will be available for coats, instrument cases etc. Please arrive in enough time to warm up and get organised.
  • When the concert is in progress, you must not hang out in the classrooms or corridors. You need to be in the Hall being a supportive, considerate, appreciative member of the audience who shows awareness of performance etiquette which includes not moving around or making a noise during the music.
  • Any questions, please ask.

All music clubs will start up again after the Christmas holiday.


Please click here to be taken to the Musical Theatre page. Here you’ll find links to this term’s pieces so you can sing along at home when practising.

Please click here to be taken to the Concert Band page. Here you’ll find links to this term’s pieces so you can play along at home when practising.

Hayes Harmonies: click here


Hamilton trip reviews in the school newsletter

Thanks again to everyone who wrote a review.


Musical Theatre news

Behind the scenes footage from the new Matilda film:


Year 7 Music Concert


Music News

Click here to read the full article.


Read the full Guardian article here.


And finally …

Christmas 2022

The concert is just under two weeks away so please make sure you are practising your part(s) lots. It’s going to be a great concert and just what we all need after such a long term. The schedule for the rehearsal day will be ready soon so watch this space.


Please click here to be taken to the Musical Theatre page. Here you’ll find links to this term’s pieces so you can sing along at home when practising.

Please click here to be taken to the Concert Band page. Here you’ll find links to this term’s pieces so you can play along at home when practising.

Hayes Harmonies: click here


Mr Payne’s brass students – please read:

Mr Payne will not be coming in next Thursday (8th December) as he is away. Instead, he will be in on Monday 12th December 2022 and will run the same schedule as printed for the 8th.


Sometimes, it’s best to stick to the classics. And what’s a classical music Christmas without the Messiah? As the Harry Styles of his day, Handel’s superstar status made his music extremely popular around London and the Messiah drew in thousands as a result of its great emotional impact and catchy tunes (‘Hallelujah’ chorus – we’re looking at you).
We’re revamping Handel’s classic with a brand-new presentation. Placing the audience in a ring around the orchestra, this immersive experience will showcase the work from all angles. As Croydon’s resident orchestra, we’re joined by local singers and choirs.


BYMT news

Well done to those of you involved in the BYMT concerts at the moment. It’s always lovely to see so many Hayes names in the programmes!


One of America’s most historic ensembles sees a big demographic shift as symphonic music changes with the times.
Women in the ranks of New York’s most famous orchestra now outnumber men 45 to 44, for the first time in its 180-year history.
The news was reported on Tuesday in what the New York Times termed a “sea change”, noting that when the New York Philmarmonic’s Lincoln Centre home was built in 1962, there were no women’s dressing rooms.
In 1922, a 26-year-old harpist Stephanie Goldner became the first woman to join the Philharmonic, and for 10 years was the only woman in the ensemble.

Read the full article here

And finally …

The Toccata and Fugue in D minor, is a piece of organ music written, according to its oldest extant sources, by Johann Sebastian Bach (1685–1750). The piece opens with a toccata section, followed by a fugue that ends in a coda.

Toccata (from Italian toccare, literally, “to touch”, with “toccata” being the action of touching) is a virtuoso piece of music typically for a keyboard or plucked string instrument featuring fast-moving, lightly fingered or otherwise virtuosic passages or sections, with or without imitative or fugal interludes, generally emphasizing the dexterity of the performer’s fingers. 

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Toccata_and_Fugue_in_D_minor,_BWV_565

This piece of music was included in Walt Disney’s Fantasia. Fantasia is an animated musical anthology film released in 1940. It consists of eight animated segments set to pieces of classical music conducted by Leopold Stokowski, seven of which are performed by the Philadelphia Orchestra. 

Well done to …

  • JamSesh and HUB for performing at the Hayes Christmas Lights event last weekend. The organisers were very grateful and the crowd really enjoyed your performance. Special thanks to Ben M for taking last week’s rehearsal and for helping out at the Year 7 Concert.
  • Jazz Band for performing at the 6th Form Open Evening on Thursday.
  • Year 7s for the fab Song Concert on Monday.

Next up is …

All our extra-curricular music groups are performing in this.


Musical Theatre club news

For those of you who know Larissa:

I am looking into a possible musical theatre club trip to see Larissa perform in Sister Act at the Orchard Theatre in Dartford next February so watch this space.


Relive 100 years of the BBC. Click on the image below to listen to a soundscape of classical music and sounds from each decade, starting with the 1920s.


Please click here to be taken to the Musical Theatre page. Here you’ll find links to this term’s pieces so you can sing along at home when practising.

Please click here to be taken to the Concert Band page. Here you’ll find links to this term’s pieces so you can play along at home when practising.

Hayes Harmonies: click here


And finally …

Hamilton trip

Thank you to all the students who joined us on this trip. Your behaviour was exemplary and it was a pleasure to take you all. I had several comments from people in the theatre about how well behaved you were.


Thank you in advance to JamSesh and HUB who will be performing at Saturday’s event.


Find out the answer by clicking here.


Practice following a musical score:


Hayes Harmonies: click here


And finally …

Message in a Bottle” is a song by English rock band The Police. It was released as the lead single from their second studio album, Reggatta de Blanc (1979). Written by the band’s lead singer and bassist Sting, the song is ostensibly about a story of a castaway on an island, who sends out a message in a bottle to seek love. A year later, he has not received any sort of response, and despairs, thinking he is destined to be alone. The next day, he sees “a hundred billion bottles” on the shore, finding out that there are more people like him out there.

Gordon Matthew Thomas Sumner (born 1951), known as Sting, is an English musician and actor. He was the frontman, songwriter and bassist for new wave rock band the Police from 1977 to their breakup in 1986. He launched a solo career in 1985 and has included elements of rock, jazz, reggae, classical, new-age, and worldbeat in his music.

Wikipedia

Released in 1979

Coming soon – Hayes Christmas Lights

Thank you to JamSesh and HUB for performing at next weekend’s event. Mr Tucker has the Christmas music so please see him so you can start practising at home.

Hayes Harmonies: click here


For those of you with Prime Video at home:



And finally …

Sabre Dance” is a movement in the final act of Aram Khachaturian’s ballet Gayane (1942), where the dancers display their skill with sabres. It is Khachaturian’s best known and most recognizable work worldwide.

It is notable for its employment of percussion instruments, especially the xylophone. Its middle section is based on an unnamed Armenian folk song.

“Sabre Dance” is considered one of the signature pieces of 20th-century popular music. It was popularized by covers by pop artists, first in the US in 1948 and later elsewhere. Its use in a wide range in films and television over the decades have significantly contributed to its renown. “Sabre Dance” has also been used by a number of figure skaters from at least five countries in their performances.

Wikipedia