Christmas Concert: full details here

 

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There will be the usual rehearsals on Monday and Tuesday. Here is the schedule for what happens when on Wednesday.

Choir songs (including Showsongs and Boyvox) are now all on the choir page (hover over the ‘home’ button at the top of the page and you’ll see the ‘choirs’ page to click on) – you need to be learning these.

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Here are some details that you need to know:

  • Concert is at 6.30pm. In the Hall. Will finish 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. Under 18s and senior citizens are free.
  • CGD and CGF will be available for coats, instrument cases etc.
  • 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.
  • If you have a quality question, please ask.

On Thursday 20th there won’t be any rehearsals, but Music Leaders and anyone else who wants to help, please come to music at lunchtime to help clear up and sort out piles of music etc.

Year 7 concert video

Huge thanks to Ben Fr for filming and editing this!

Trip to Royal Philharmonic Orchestra concert, 5th Feb

…here is a sneak preview of one of the pieces we will hear in the concert. Please get your payments in by Tuesday. Pass the reply slip to Miss W or put in the postbox outside the music office (we don’t need your ParentPay receipt, just the reply slip). Thank you! It’s going to be an awesome concert, don’t miss out!

Christmas Tree Festival ahoy

 

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So Concert Band this is what you need to do (you’ve had a letter but here it is again):

  • Turn up at Hayes Free Church, 111 Pickhurst Lane at 5.30pm wearing black and bringing your instrument
  • The service itself is at 6.30pm – all friends/family welcome to attend
  • Should be over by 7.45pm

Christmas Concert

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The rehearsal schedule for the day of the concert itself will be on next week’s blog. 

Choir songs (including Showsongs and Boyvox) are now all on the choir page (hover over the ‘home’ button at the top of the page and you’ll see the ‘choirs’ page to click on) – you need to be learning these.

Here are some details that you need to know:

  • Concert is at 6.30pm. In the Hall. Will finish by 9pm.
  • Are you in it? Yes. People involved are Choir, Concert Band, Jazz Band, Boyvox, Showsongs, Junior Band, Simply Strings, Skiffle Band, Banging Bells, Jamseshes #1 and #2, and (maybe) Clarinet Choir
  • 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. Under 18s and senior citizens are free.
  • CGD and CGF will be available for coats, instrument cases etc.
  • 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.
  • If you have a quality question, please ask.

Store room door

Some people have been having difficulties with this – here’s how it works.

Merry Christmas to our altos…

Gearing up for the Christmas frenzy

 

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Thanks a million to all Jamseshers who played at the Hayes Christmas Lights last Saturday.

Our next event is the Christmas Tree Festival with Concert Band on Sunday 9th: letters went out at the rehearsal on Tuesday.

Then we are in full flow for…

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There will be rehearsals on the day for this: the schedule will be put in the blog on 14th December. The usual rehearsals will run at normal times between now and then.

Just wow

Christmas Lights are on!

 

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Jamsesh you should know what you’re doing… we are starting to perform at 3.55pm outside the New Inn on Saturday 24th. You need to be there a little bit before that, but the changeover from the previous group needs to be super-quick, so you need to be ready for action!

Make sure you bring everything you need, and wear something warm (and possibly festive – Santa hat, tinsel, antlers, full elf costume…) if it’s cold. We will be done by 4.30pm.

Year 7 concert

Thanks so much to all the Music Leaders and prefects who helped out so brilliantly at the Year 7 concert. The standard was really high, and Mrs Greenidge had a difficult job to choose the winners.

3rd place (joint): Leandro Rios-Field and Chloe Moore

2nd place: Lucie Kavanagh

1st place: Angela Weinthrop

The Music Hub

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Do you need an instrument? Or strings/reeds/accessories? Do you need to get an instrument fixed? The Music Hub is based at BYMT in Southborough Lane and can offer you a great service including part exchange, second hand instruments, valuations… everything you need for your music!

Christmas Tree Festival

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Concert Band, a letter will be coming to you in your rehearsal on Tuesday, but the arrangements for this are the same as usual: meet at Hayes Free Church at 5.30pm on Sunday 9th December.

Ukulele from 12 countries

Truly amazing ukulele playing!

It’s all starting now…

 

Year 7 concert poster 2018.pngOur super-busy season kicks off this week with the Year 7 concert on Tuesday. Thanks so much to everyone who has volunteered to help out, whether performing at the end, or with the door/herding cats year 7s and so on.

Our next event after that is Jamsesh @ the Christmas Lights on Saturday 24th. We are on at 3.55pm. Jamsesh members should have all the info (it’s on the front of your song booklet) but the most important thing to remember during this week is that BOTH Jamsesh groups will rehearse together on THURSDAY after school. 

After that there’s Concert Band @ the Christmas Tree Festival on 9th December, and then the Christmas Concert on Wednesday 19th.

Ever get a tune stuck in your head? An explanation of earworms

MusicFest video is here!

Huge thanks to Ben Frost for compiling and editing the video.

Coming up

Our next events are the Year 7 Concert on Tuesday 20th November at 7pm at St Mark’s, rapidly followed by Jamsesh @ Hayes Christmas Lights on Saturday 24th November, from 3.55pm outside the New Inn. We will be doing our usual collection of Christmassy songs… get your tinsel out! Do come along and support if you’re around that afternoon.

Our upcoming visit from Yale Glee Club

The Yale Glee Club are the world-famous choir from Yale University in Conneticut. Here they are singing Shenandoah (a lovely American folk song that we have done in the past too – perhaps we will revisit it next term so we can share it with them). They will be visiting Hayes on 13th March 2019, and will be performing for us and doing a workshop with our choirs (Choir, Boyvox and Showsongs).

Well done to all who performed in MusicFest

 

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Huge congratulations to everyone who performed in MusicFest. You demonstrated such musicality, creativity, confidence and teamwork, we were very proud to see such an array of great performances in so many different styles.

Now go and have a fantastic half term! Have a good rest, and recharge your batteries ready for our busiest half term of all. Christmas is coming…!

Here’s what’s coming up – make sure you have dates in your diary and that you know what’s going on!

  • Tuesday 20th November 7pm: Year 7 concert at St Mark’s church
  • Saturday 24th November during the afternoon: Hayes Christmas Lights – this involves Jamsesh #1 and Jamsesh #2
  • Sunday 9th Decmeber 6.30pm: Christmas Tree festival at Hayes Free Church – this involves Concert Band
  • Wednesday 19th December 6.30pm in the Hall: Christmas Concert – this involves EVERYONE!

A CHOON to send you on your way

Have heard a few of you playing this in the last couple of weeks – here is the BEST version ever (…well until we do a handbell version!).

MusicFest this week

 

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Here are all the details you need to know about MusicFest:

  • It is on Thursday 18th October at 6pm in the Hall
  • It should finish by 8.30pm
  • Performers can wear whatever they like as long as they look nice
  • Everyone is welcome to be in the audience (students, parents, friends) – entry is £2 on the door for non-performers
  • When you are not actually performing (or just about to perform) you should be in the Hall as part of the audience – you can leave instrument cases etc. in CGD but this is NOT somewhere to hang out/rehearse while MusicFest is actually happening
  • Music leaders, prefects and anyone else who wants to help needs to be around from 4pm to set up and get things ready.
  • Before and during the MusicFest we will need music leaders and prefects to man the refreshments stall and some of you to be at the front to move mics/stands etc.
  • At the end, the more people help put things away, the quicker we get it done!

Looking ahead to after half term

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We have our busiest time coming up! You might as well get used to it – November and December are always super-busy for musicians 🙂

Here’s what’s coming up – make sure you have dates in your diary and that you know what’s going on!

  • Tuesday 20th November 7pm: Year 7 concert at St Mark’s church
  • Saturday 24th November during the afternoon: Hayes Christmas Lights – this involves Jamsesh #1 and Jamsesh #2
  • Sunday 9th Decmeber 6.30pm: Christmas Tree festival at Hayes Free Church – this involves Concert Band
  • Wednesday 19th December 6.30pm in the Hall: Christmas Concert – this involves EVERYONE!

Songs you never knew were covers

Thank you to everyone who helped at Open Day

 

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New signs looking brilliant at the end of our corridor – up just in time for Open Day!

A huge thank you to Jazz Band, and everyone who helped out in the department, especially Harry, Ben F, Ellen and Ben M who were amazing in answering people’s questions and getting some chair drumming and Boomwhacking going. Jazz Band braved a chilly morning to put on a fantastic show at the front of the school as always. You students are our best advert! We are very proud of you all.

Get those MusicFest entries in!

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MusicFest is coming up fast, on 18th October. Anyone, in any year group, can perform whatever piece they like, as a solo, or a duet, or in a group – it’s up to you. It doesn’t matter if you’re an old hand, or if this is your very first public performance. The audience is always supportive whether it’s something classical, pop, musical theatre, own compositions, rock, grade 1 or grade 8+.

To enter, you need to fill in this online form (you will need your Hayes login to access this).

Rehearsals this week

Everything will happen at the usual times this week, with the exception of Jamsesh #1 on Thursday, which isn’t on due to a staff training session.

It would be amazing to get some Boomwhacker/melodica action into MusicFest!

…just saying!

 

MusicFest entries now open

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MusicFest entries are now open. Any student is welcome to perform anything they want to – solos, duets, bands, ensembles, classical, rock, own compositions… it doesn’t matter whether you are grade 8+ or if this is your first ever performance, all are welcome.

If you would like to perform, you need to complete this form (you need a Hayes login to access this).

Music tour to Budapest

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Thank you to everyone who has paid a deposit for tour. You all now have confirmed places on tour. We do still have room to squeeze another few people in, so if you are interested in coming on tour – and are a member of Choir and/or Concert Band, please speak to Miss W.

Hayes handbells are go!

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We are very excited to be receiving our set of handbells this afternoon! Our next job is to decide what our handbell group will be called. Please vote in our poll!

Early finish next Friday

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We have an early finish next Friday (5th October). So no lunchtime or after school music clubs will happen next week.

Open Day

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Open Day is Saturday 6th. Jazz Band will be out the front as usual. In CGD we will be doing chair drumming and Boomwhackers – come and join in anytime between 9 and 12!