We made it!

Thank you all for a fantastic year of music-making. It has been great to see so many Year 7s join our Hayes Music community.

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. Go to a Prom! Proms are brilliant – the atmosphere is like nothing else – and the programme of events is huge and varied. U18s go half price on all seated tickets – however, I would absolutely encourage you to actually prom – which means queuing for a ticket on the day, and standing up (there are two queues – one for the Arena, and one for the Gallery – I would strongly recommend the gallery, because the acoustics are better, and if there is room, you can lie on the floor and listen to the music!). See the Proms website for full details.

Next year will be just as busy, and we look forward to lots more music after the summer break including an autumn term trip to see a West End show, plus Music Tour over Easter 2023 and a film music concert at the Royal Albert Hall next summer.

Summer concert video

Congratulations to all who performed at HAZEFEST’22

Click here for photos

Thank you to all who took part in this event. Congratulations to the winner, Emma in year 9, and runner-up, Will in year 8.

Who fancies performing on a melodica at the next MusicFest?!

MusicFest will be the first concert next term so you could start planning your performance during the summer break. Wacky and imaginative performances are very welcome! Here are some ideas …

And finally …

Who’s with me on this one?

Last call for Talent Show entries

Summer Concert photos

Musical Theatre group
Staff Choir
Jamsesh #1

Videos coming soon

For those of you going on the BYMT tour this weekend …

Find out more here

Music Ambassadors – James, Charlie, Lilian, Elinor, Iona, Alice and Bibi

The Year 7 Music Ambassadors have reflected on their first year as part of Hayes Music:

Something for the West Side Story fans…

Here is a supercut of the 1961 (Robert Wise/Jerome Robbins) and 2021 (Steven Spielberg) versions of the memorable showstopper “America” from “West Side Story,” as made famous by Rita Moreno and George Chakiris in the ’61 film and Ariana DeBose and David Alvarez in the ’21 film.

And finally …

Well done on a fabulous summer concert!

A brilliant evening all round – well done everybody!

Video and photos coming soon 🙂

Now it is time to tidy up the department. These are the things that need doing:

  • Music needs sorting and filing
  • Things need putting away
  • Some things need mending
  • Certain areas, i.e. the office and the store, need a good sort-out
  • Out-of-date things need taking down

If you would like to help with any of these things, or just want to hang out in music and have a jam, just rock up any lunchtime.

Thanks to everyone for a brilliant year of music. No more rehearsals now until September.

You can sing or play an instrument, or do any other kind of act that you might find in a talent show. You can even submit a duet (2 people performing together). The initial round involves submitting a video of your performance. This will be reviewed by our team, and finalists will be chosen. 

The deadline for submitting your video is Friday 15th July at 3pm. 

Finalists will participate in the Grand Final on Thursday 21st July at 6.30pm in the Hall. ALL entries will earn house points. 

Find out more here.

Fab opportunity for year 7 and 8s musicians

Work Experience opportunity:

I know we’d all take the stairs!

I’ve mentioned Heardle before but did you know there’s now Heardle 60s, 70s 80s, 90s and 00s!

Heardle 00s

Heardle 90s

Heardle 60s

And finally …

The Summer Concert is next Thursday!

Remember to share these details with family and friends. Tickets can be bought on the door or in advance via ParentPay so look out for this on your account:

Summer Concert rehearsal schedule

Here is the rehearsal schedule for p1-5 (in the hall) on Thursday 7th July:

Weekly rehearsals will continue as usual next Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday.

On concert day…

  • You must ONLY be in rehearsals when you are scheduled. Absence from lessons will be on SIMS according to this schedule – so if you skip any other lessons because you are ‘rehearsing’, it will go down as truancy
  • The concert starts at 6.30pm. You need to be there in time to be ready. Use CGD to park instrument cases etc.
  • You need to wear all black outfits
  • When you are not actually performing, you need to be in the hall being a lovely supportive, appreciative audience member for everyone else. This involves being quiet!
  • The concert will be finished by 9.30pm. If you are a good musician and good member of our music community, you will stick around at the end to help clear away
  • Tickets are £5. Under-18s are FREE!

Listen to the pieces at home and try playing your part along with them:

Please note -we will not be playing Mambo in the summer concert.

Click here for separate audio parts for both songs

Musical Theatre choreography workshop

Thank you to Larissa for another fab session!

You can view the videos from the session on Satchel One. Please let Miss W know if you haven’t received the task. Keep practising the songs and moves so you are ready for next week’s concert.

Everyone Matters Music Project

Everyone Matters music projects aim to take live music and music-making to people of all ages who cannot readily access it themselves. Thank you to those of you who are involved and …

Everything you need to know about this event is on Satchel One.

BYMT news

And finally …

There are just under TWO WEEKS to go until the Summer Concert!



Our next choreography session with Larissa will be held in CGD after school on Wednesday 29th June 3-5 pmWe need as many of you there as possible so that you are all ready to perform in the Summer Concert.

Listen to the pieces at home and try playing your part along with them:

We will not be playing Mambo in the summer concert.

Click here for separate audio parts for both songs

The entry details will be on your Satchel One account shortly so keep checking!

Find out more here.

Interview with Mr Gunning about Glastonbury Festival – by Bibi, Year 7

Back in 1990 …

And now in 2022 …

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Happy Pride Month

Spotlight on … Cyndi Lauper

Cynthia Ann Stephanie Lauper Thornton (born 1953) is an American singer, songwriter, actress, and activist. Her career has spanned over 40 years. She is known for her distinctive image and for her powerful and distinctive four-octave singing range. She has been celebrated for her humanitarian work, particularly as an advocate for LGBT rights in the USA.

The Antoinette Perry Award for Excellence in Broadway Theatre, more commonly known as the Tony Award, recognises excellence in live Broadway theatre. Broadway is the name of New York City’s theatre district.



Our next choreography session with Larissa will be held in CGD after school on Wednesday 29th June 3-5 pmWe need as many of you there as possible so that you are all ready to perform in the Summer Concert:

This talent show will be for open to anyone in years 7-10. If you would like to take part, you will need to submit a video of your performance – which can be anything as long as lyrics etc. are clean and appropriate.

Look out for more details coming soon. In the meantime, start planning!

BYMT news

There are lots of BYMT events being held over the next few weeks. Find out more here: https://www.bymt.co.uk/

A free online youth conference for young musicians aged 10-18 designed by young people, for young people

We welcome young people aged 10-18 years old from around the country to join us online for an activity-filled afternoon! We have exciting workshops on body percussion, improvisation & beatboxing, as well as musical games, survey and discussion on YOUR views of music education today. Multi Award-winning artist Moses Boyd will be joining us as guest speaker, and we hope you will too!


Welcome & Introduction

Body Percussion Workshop – Inspire-Works

Musical Game!

“What are music hubs doing across the UK?” Presentations and films by different youth forums

Survey – What’s happening in your area?

Jazz Improvisation Workshop – Matt Holborn & Beatboxing Workshop – Shamime Ibrahim

In conversation with Moses Boyd

Open discussion – have your say on Music Education in the UK today

Find out more here

Ben and Poppy, Year 11

Review of Liam Gallagher’s concert at Knebworth Park, Saturday 4th June 2022

We started the day looking around the wide variety of food places which we could buy lunch from whilst the DJ at this point was playing some very good songs for example Fools Gold by The Stone Roses. The atmosphere was already very lively and excited as everyone couldn’t wait for the big acts to come on later. An early highlight would be the supporting act of Michael Kiwanuka who was really talented and enjoyable to listen to. After him Kasabian came on, this is when the crowd surged forward. Kasabian were really good and it was very fun being in the crowd whilst everyone was jumping up and down to their fast rock songs. Later in the evening Liam Gallagher came on with a cool intro shown on the massive screens whilst the crowd roared. He started with Slide Away which the crowd loved as everyone was singing along, after playing a few of his very good new songs he ended the first half with one of his newer songs Once which had some massive fireworks to finish it off. The next half was made up of some of the greatest Oasis hits like Some might say, Supersonic and Wonderwall. At the end Liam Gallagher finished with Champagne Supernova which was brilliant and also had the biggest firework display we’d ever seen.

Read the rest of the article here

Running Up That Hill” is a song by English singer and songwriter Kate Bush from her fifth studio album, Hounds of Love (1985). Written and produced by Bush, the song was released in the United Kingdom as the lead single from Hounds of Love on 5 August 1985 through EMI Records. This was her first 12-inch single and her most successful 1980s release, entering the UK Singles Chart at number nine and eventually peaking at number three, her second-highest single peak.

Catherine Bush CBE (born 30 July 1958) is an English singer, songwriter, pianist and record producer. In 1978, aged 19, she topped the UK Singles Chart for four weeks with her debut single “Wuthering Heights”, becoming the first female artist to achieve a UK number one with a self-written song.

Listen to the pieces at home and try playing your part along with them:

Click here for separate audio parts for both songs

And finally …

Enjoy 😀

We are looking forward to a summer full of music-making 😎


Interview with Harry – Year 13

List all the music clubs you’ve been involved with since you started at Hayes. 

Main Choir, Concert Band, Boyvox, Hayes Ukulele Band, Simply Strings, Jamsesh, Chamber Choir, Skiffle Group, Wind Band and Jazz Band!

Chamber Choir, 2017

Where have you been on music tour? Do you have a favourite tour, and if so, why?

I went to Madrid, Germany, and Budapest. My favourite tour was Madrid as it was my first ever tour and I got to make so many new friends in the music department through that tour. I remember so many amazing memories such as my first experience of playing music abroad and getting audiences building up. I also got my roadie skills on, including lugging the kick drum where there is that classic photo of little me and Ben. 

Also great memories of going to places such as the Santiago Bernabeu Stadium, the escape room, and other locations from other tours such as St. Thomas’ Church which was associated with J.S. Bach.

Madrid, 2017
Playing the percussion part for concert band, Madrid tour, 2017

I was also especially happy when my shirt design was chosen for the Budapest tour!

Budapest, 2019

Favourite music/songs that you’ve performed at school over the years?

Mambo Number 5, The Simpsons, ‘Music’ (the piece we’re playing at the moment) in Concert Band.

Mamma Mia Medley, Let it Shine and Make Your Own Kind Of Music in Choir.

Best memories of your time in the music department?

I remember my first time ever joining a music club, which was main choir when it was a lot bigger than it is now, and being so oblivious as to what part to sing and what to do. The sixth formers back then seemed like giants to year 7 me but they always looked out for me. I remember when choir was so big that we couldn’t fit into the music classrooms and we had to use the main hall, which had mixed opinions across the choir. I was always the soprano in boyvox because I could sing the high notes and would always belt them out. I remember when I was a music leader and I challenged myself to lead and conduct concert band and boyvox which was so much fun and I loved the power at the time aha! I remember being asked to take over the glockenspiel part and always overplaying it, and still do! I always have fond memories of all the amazing music tours as well!

MusicFest, 2017
MusicFest, 2019
Playing the bass guitar for Wind Band, 2021
MusicFest, 2021

What are your plans once you leave Hayes and how are you planning to continue your involvement with music?

I am going to the University of Bath to study Computer Science. I have some friends from BYMT in their final year there and they have told me how great the music is so I’m expecting it to be as good as the Hayes music. I am hoping to audition for a music scholarship so that I can continue my lessons there. I hope to join the orchestras at the university too. 

Easter Concert, 2022

To Harry and ALL our Year 13 Musos …

Good luck for your exams and beyond. The Music Department will miss you!

Keep in touch🙂

FREE opportunity to play alongside members of the London Philharmonic Orchestra!

Lilian – Year 7 Music Ambassador

Lilian interview Ms Larbi to find out about music she is enjoying listening to.

The following two songs were chosen as they remind her of good times from her childhood:

The next song was chosen as it makes her feel amazing, despite it being quite a sad song:

Thank you, Lilian.

Listen to the pieces at home and try playing your part along with them:

Chicken Run: Please bring in a kazoo if you have one at home or you could buy yourself one: try here

Click here for separate audio parts for both songs

Podcast recommendation:

Something calming to listen to:


BYMT news

Opportunity for string players:

And finally …

Happy half term everyone!

Have a great half-term break.

Don’t forget that our summer concert is on Thursday 7th July (6.30pm, School Hall). That’s only five weeks once we’re back in school after the half-term holiday so please attend the rehearsals and let the organiser know if you’re unable to be there.

Music Goes Green

No. 5 – Alice, Bibi, James, Charlie and Iona- Year 7 Music Ambassadors

Alice interviewed Mrs Elford to find out which songs she is enjoying listening to at the moment.

James spoke to Ms Duggan.

Ms Duggan chose this song because it’s happy and celebrates people’s differences. She chose the next song because it’s happy and upbeat.

Iona spoke to Miss Cozens. She chose the following song as she feels it has a good beat.

Bibi asked Miss Kiernan about a song she was enjoying listening to at the moment and she chose 9 to 5 by Dolly Parton as it always improves her day!

Charlie interviewed Mrs Enright to find out which songs she likes.

Chosen because it was uplifting and fun to listen to.
Chosen because it’s relaxing and soothing.

Another fab FREE online course from Perc Works

Click here to find out more and sign up

Interested in musical instrument making?

Spotlight on … Anna Lapwood

Anna Lapwood (born 1995) is an organist, conductor and broadcaster. She became the first female organ scholar in Magdalen College Oxford’s 560-year history, and then at the age of 21, became the youngest ever director of music at any Oxbridge college when she took up the role at Pembroke College, Cambridge.

Anna studied piano, violin, viola and composition at the Junior Royal Academy of Music and was the principal harpist for the National Youth Orchestra of Great Britain and the Junior Academy Symphony Orchestra.

Anna’s presence on social media has already done much to bring organ playing and choral singing into the 21st century and inspire a future generation of musicians. In addition to this, she has recently been appointed associate artist at the Royal Albert Hall, alongside saxophonist and presenter Jess Gillam, choreographer and filmmaker Corey Baker, and spoken-word performer LionHeart. Their appointments are part of the Royal Albert Hall’s ‘wider push around innovation and diversity’, and it’s hoped that the group’s work will ‘increase young people’s engagement with more traditional artforms’.

Anna’s passion for the organ is matched by her mission to support women in music. Her commitment to opportunity, equality and diversity is evident in almost every aspect of her life and work, especially in programming.  Anna is humbled to find that she is an inspiration to many young women and proud that they have adopted her hashtag, #playlikeagirl.

The Henry Willis Organ situated in the Royal Albert Hall in London is the second largest pipe organ in the United Kingdom, after the Liverpool Cathedral Grand Organ. It has 147 stops and 9,999 pipes.

The organist’s view – notice the rear view mirror

Listen to the pieces at home and try playing your part along with them:

Chicken Run: Please bring in a kazoo if you have one at home or you could buy yourself one: try here

This is so lovely to watch 🙂

BYMT opportunities

Click here to find out more.

Other local music opportunities:

And finally …

Good luck to all of you sitting GCSE and A Level exams

No. 4 – Our Music Ambassadors – Year 7

Our music ambassadors were asked this question

Thank you to Elinor, James, Charlie, Bibi, Iona, Lilian and Alice.

Listen to the pieces at home and try playing your part along with them:

Chicken Run: Please bring in a kazoo if you have one at home or you could buy yourself one: try here

Spotlight on … Jasdeep Singh Degun

Jasdeep Singh Degun is a sitarist who is steeped in the North Indian classical tradition. He was born, raised and is still based in Leeds, north of England. He brings a youthful energy and vision to both Indian classical and contemporary music and he has performed all over the world in many high-profile productions and prestigious venues, including Buckingham Palace and the Royal Albert Hall at the 2014 BBC Proms. 

Playing traditional Indian classical music

He has recently released his debut album Anomaly.

Anomaly showcases exceptional musicality, improvisation, composition and collaboration that is rooted in the ancient repertoire of raags — the frameworks used in the improvised performances of Indian classical music — yet influenced by Jasdeep’s sparkling, contemporary flair that will charm purists and newcomers alike.

Jasdeep’s creations are an exercise in collaboration: culturally, sonically, and emotionally. His extraordinary artistry and innovative approach to composition mixes a new vision into both Indian classical and contemporary Western music.

Real World Records
The title track opens the album by placing the listener in the middle of the studio floor, with sitar, esraj, tabla and swarmandal all around, plus an undertow of cello.

BYMT news

And finally …

If that doesn’t make sense to you, listen to this song by Roy Orbison:

Introducing our new year 7 ambassadors

Congratulations to the following year 7 students who have been selected to be our very first music ambassadors. They were chosen due to their fab commitment and enthusiasm in the music department, and their role is to promote music at Hayes and share our love of all things musical!

Bibi, Alice, James, Lilian, Iona, Elinor and Charlie.

Jazz Band

Many thanks to Jazz Band for giving up their free time to play at the Hayes May Queen event on Saturday. You sounded great.

Thank you 🙂

Classic FM’s revision hour

Find out more here.

Something else you might like to try:

Hosted by singer-songwriter NAO, The Music & Meditation Podcast is an eight-part series designed to help you find stillness and meet the challenges of daily life. Inspired by NAO’s own journey, the podcast addresses themes relating to mental health and wellbeing.

Each episode sees a different meditation expert addressing themes ranging from FOMO to body positivity, loneliness to trusting your instincts. It’s all soundtracked with original music from some of the UK’s most talented young composers, exclusively recorded by the BBC Concert Orchestra and BBC Singers.

No. 3 – Will – Year 8

Jacob Collier

I have chosen to talk about Jacob Collier as I think that he is an amazing musician and a musical genius. Jacob comes from London and he is famous for his jazz reharmonisation, close harmonies and energetic live shows. He has a very musical family as his mum and siblings all play instruments. In 2016, he released his first album, “Djesse”, with 50 songs on it. He also went on a world tour between 2015-2017 finishing in Greece.

Jacob has had huge YouTube success after his multi-track recordings went viral in just a few days:

He continued to put out covers of popular songs on YouTube and his popularity grew. The BBC recently made a documentary about him and his music:

Listen to the pieces at home and try playing your part along with them:

Interested in jazz music and want to learn more?

This website has some great resources to explore. Click on the images below:

And finally …