School’s out for summer!

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Summer concert video

Huge thanks to Ben Fr for shooting, editing, and compiling all of our concert videos this year!

It’s been a good one!

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It’s been a super-busy year, and it’s been amazing! We’ve totally lost count of the amount of musical events that have happened – as well as the ones we had on our calendar, all sorts of other things have popped up along the way, and it’s all been brilliant.

Next year will be just as busy, and we look forward to lots more music after the summer break. The calendar of music dates for next year will be coming out VERY SOON (i.e. during the holidays) so keep an eye on the blog/FB/insta for news, so that you can put all your Very Important Dates in your diary straight away!

Music Leaders 2019-20

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Of course, being such a small department that does so much, we simply cannot survive without some help, and this is where our fabulous Music Leaders come in. They have been amazing this year, and have done so much (a lot of it behind the scenes). A big thank you to all our outgoing Music Leaders, and congratulations to those appointed for 2019-20:

Harry Aldridge
Jessica Whibley
Poppy Green
Isobel Taylor
Hannah Martin
Benjamin Martin
Brooke Simpson
Oliver Swift
Erin Harrington
Ellen Thom
Nienke Van Velzen
Katy Alder

Tour 2020

So sorry not to have been able to get the letters about this out before the holidays – Club Europe are still trying to get our accommodation sorted. We will be launching straight away in the new term!

Have a great summer!

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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.

Time for Hazefest!

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….why would you not? Always a fantastic day – great music, great atmosphere, loads of the loveliest people of Hayes, present and past…. get ready to rock!

Still time to get a music leader application in!

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You have until next Tuesday to get your applications in!

The role is open to any student in any year group. We are looking for people who are dedicated and proactive, with a great track record of attendance at rehearsals. You need to be someone who is organised and easy to communicate with; someone who checks their emails and keeps track of what’s happening on this blog – in other words, someone who is tuned in!

If you would like to apply, you will need to fill in this form (you’ll need your Hayes email address to access this). The deadline for applications is Tuesday 16th July, and we’ll let everyone know by the end of term.

‘Old’ Music Leaders, could you please hand in your badges?

Tidying up going brilliantly! …but not quite finished!

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HUGE thanks to everyone who has come along to help sort things out. Things are looking SO much better! However, there are still some bits and bobs that need doing – in particular some music filing.

Tour… yes details are coming!

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We really hope to get details of tour out next week! Watch this space.

 

Well done on a fantastic summer concert!

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The summer concert was brilliant – you well and truly pulled it out of the bag! Thank you for all your hard work.

We now have a few things left to do before the end of term:

The big music department tidy up

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A year of busy music-making makes the department look like a tip! There are so many things that need sorting out and putting away. Because there are no more regular rehearsals now until the end of term, we can devote lunchtimes to a bit of sorting. Everyone is welcome to come along any lunchtime – bring your lunch – and join in with making everything tidy, organised and ready for the new term.

Music Leaders 2019-20

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We rely on our music leaders to help the department run smoothly, and this year’s have been brilliant. However, we need to appoint next year’s now! Music leaders help out in lots of different ways. They all pitch in with giving us their ideas and getting things ready for concerts, but some take a leadership role by directing an ensemble, and others do things like videoing concerts.

The role is open to any student in any year group. We are looking for people who are dedicated and proactive, with a great track record of attendance at rehearsals. You need to be someone who is organised and easy to communicate with; someone who checks their emails and keeps track of what’s happening on this blog – in other words, someone who is tuned in!

If you would like to apply, you will need to fill in this form (you’ll need your Hayes email address to access this). The deadline for applications is Tuesday 16th July, and we’ll let everyone know by the end of term.

Music tour 2020

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We are really hoping to be able to launch Tour 2020 before the end of term, and collect deposits so we can make a booking. We are just waiting for Club Europe to sort out the finer details of our accommodation, and then we will be sending out an email – keep your eyes peeled for announcements!

Summer concert akimbo

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All you need to know about the summer concert:

  • Rehearsals Mon-Wed as usual
  • Rehearsals for Thursday 4th are shown above: all these rehearsals are in the hall unless stated otherwise
  • Concert is at 6.30pm. Tickets on the door – adults £5, under-18s and senior citizens FREE
  • Wear all black
  • You can stash instrument cases etc. in CGD and CGF
  • When not performing, please be in the audience. Do not hang out in the music rooms during the concert, or move around unnecessarily in/around the hall. Be considerate audience members and support everyone else’s performances
  • The concert will finish around 9pm
  • If you are in Choir you have a LOT of words to learn – you need to get on the case with this! See the Choirs page for videos/audio etc. to helpSummer 19 poster

A musical end of term is coming!

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Here’s what’s coming:

  • Summer Concert Thursday 4th July the rehearsal schedule for this will be in next week’s blog
  • Sports Awards Evening Wednesday 10th July this will involve Jamsesh#1, maybe Jazz Band, and a few individuals…
  • Hazefest Saturday 13th July will involve Jamsesh#1 and various other people in different combinations – and hopefully LOTS of you in the audience having a great time!
  • Everyone Matters charity project – this will involve a few musicians in years 8-10 in the last week of term. You will be contacted in the next week or so if you’re going to be involved. It will involve a morning of rehearsals and then two afternoons visiting different care homes in the local area and giving concerts

Tour 2020

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Letters about our tour to Amsterdam in April 2020 will be going out (to members of Choir and Concert Band) in the next week or so. We want to get as many deposits in this side of the summer holidays as possible, so we can make an early booking. So keep parents on alert for the email!

Boomwhackers as performance art…

Really hopeful that we’ll get a boomwhacker performance in a Musicfest in 2019-20!

Well done Jazz Band!

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Well done to Jazz Band for making it through the wind and rain at Hayes Fair last weekend, and playing through it all! Hayes Village Association are very appreciative of our music.

We are now looking forward to the Summer Concert on 4th July. It would be good to have everyone at rehearsals in the next few weeks, including Year 11s and Year 13s as far as possible.

Any plug sockets?

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If you are doing any DIY at home and replacing any sockets, we would love your old ones! They do not need to work – we make them into storage for our keyboard adaptors. Bring in anything you’ve got and Kevin the caretaker will work his magic!

Here’s something for you to practise…

…another thing we haven’t ever had in a MusicFest (YET!)

Well done Jamseshers!

Sing Up Day video

…well you have to wait a while, and then if you blink you might miss us, but we’re there!

There should be a longer video coming out soon of our morning with Yale Glee Club.

Music week assemblies and Hayes Fair

Huge congratulations to Jamsesh #1 and #2 for their brilliant performances in assemblies this week. It’s a tough gig – and you were fabulous!

Jazz Band are playing at Hayes Fair on Saturday 8th June at 1pm. 

We will meet in the music dept beforehand (11.30) to trundle everything over.

EXAMS!

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Well done to our GCSE musicians and A level techies, who have now completed all of their exams.

Just one music exam left – A level music next Friday, so best of luck to our lovely Year 13s!

Awesome beatbox sounds

Music week assemblies and Hayes Fair

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As well as exams going full steam ahead, we have got performances happening!

Jamsesh #1 and Jamsesh #2 will be involved in Music Week assemblies in the first week back. 

All members of both groups will be required for afternoon assemblies on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday (not Thursday as far as I know).

Here are some details:

  • Jamsesh #1 will be doing Billy Joel. Jamsesh #2 will be doing Bon Jovi.
  • On Monday’s assembly, Jamsesh #1 will go first.
  • You will need to leave your lessons at 2.30 to get set up. Big stuff (drum kit, amps, keyboards) etc. will be on the stage all week, and just need to be moved into place
  • It would be good to get the red drum kit, amps etc. sorted earlier in the day on Monday (so we don’t have a mad panic at 2.30)

Jazz Band are playing at Hayes Fair on Saturday 8th June at 1pm. 

We will meet in the music dept beforehand (11.30) to trundle everything over. Things will need packing up on the Friday.

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Good luck to Year 11 for their music exam on the Tuesday after half term!

This is for you…

The orchestral piece that they are referencing (alongside Cup Song) is this (from 3.18):

Full steam ahead to half term

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It’s a busy time… the music techies have their first exam this week, with Year 11 gearing up for the GCSE listening paper the week after half term!

Keep coming to rehearsals as a break from your revision – you can’t revise all the time!

Dates for your diary:

Hayes Fair Saturday 8th June – 1pm – Jazz Band

Summer Concert Thursday 4th July – 6.30pm – EVERYONE

Here’s something to try over the weekend…

Rehearsals v. exams

Rehearsals

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This term sometimes gets a bit difficult, as exam pressures and rehearsals start to collide. However, you need to remember that you simply cannot work all the time, and coming to a rehearsal can be beneficial for your health, happiness, and ultimately your exam success! Plus, more people at rehearsals = a better summer concert!

An opportunity

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For more info on this, please click this link.

Something to inspire you

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