MusicFest is coming!

Christmas concert video

Now you can relive the Christmas concert in all its glory… HUGE thanks to Ben Fr for shooting and editing the video!

Music Fest Wednesday 13th October

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MusicFest is open to students in all year groups. Solos, duets, small groups, ANY style, whatever you like! If you would like to perform in MusicFest, please sign up using this online form.

Could you design our tour t-shirt?

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We need to order our t-shirts for this year’s music tour to Budapest. Here’s what we need:

  • A bold design in one colour only that will look good from a distance
  • It must include the text Hayes School Music Tour Budapest 2019
  • You might include something relevant to Hungary or Budapest in your design (last time we went to Budapest, in 2012, the design included a Rubik’s cube)
  • It can be done by hand or created on a computer. If done by hand, it will need to be in ink, not pencil

Please get your entries in by February 8th. 

 

Hello 2019!

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All rehearsals start this week

…beginning on Monday 14th. Everything is at the same times as last term. See you there!

Events coming up this term

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Our visit to hear the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra at the Royal Festival Hall is coming up soon, on Tuesday 5th Feb. If you’re coming on this trip, you’ll get final details (via Parentmail) in the next couple of weeks: the same info will also appear here. I’ll be talking to you before we go about concert etiquette and will also give you some info to help you enjoy this fabulous music to the full!

MusicFest is on Wednesday 13th February. Online entry for this will be opening soon – start planning what you might perform. MusicFest is open to all students: solos, duets, small groups and bands, and the choice of music is completely up to you. Anything and everything is welcome!

Our visit from the Yale University Glee Club will be on 13th March. This will involve the whole of Year 7 plus Choir. More details nearer the time.

Easter Concert is on Thursday 4th April. This will be at school, 6.30pm in the Hall. All main ensembles will be performing. You’ll find some videos for this term’s choir songs on the Choir page.

Music Tour to Budapest isn’t far off now – we depart on Sunday 7th April. We will be having a parents’ meeting in the last week of term. In the meantime, the final payment was due this week, so everyone should be fully paid up now. One other bit of admin: because of Brexit, you need to make sure that your passport has at least 6 months until its expiry date (i.e. from the time we get back). So, if yours expires before 14th October, you’ll need to apply for a new one – it would be best to get this sorted now, before it becomes a last-minute rush.

Guitar picks – please help

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We don’t know who eats all the guitar picks, but we ALWAYS need more. Did you get given gift cards for Christmas? If so, please give them to us once you’ve spent them – we can make them into new guitar picks! So a piece of single-use plastic gets more use… please give your used gift cards to any music teacher, or put them in the post box outside the music office.

An opportunity!

This is one of the pieces we will hear in the RPO concert

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QhV78zLt3KE

Possibly one of the most beautiful pieces ever written.

Merry Christmas everyone!

Well done on a busy and brilliant term, and especially a truly wonderful Christmas concert!

Rehearsals start the 2nd week back

That’s Monday 14th January.

Music Leaders & prefects please come for a meeting at lunchtime on Monday 7th to make some plans.

In the meantime, have a restful and/or exciting holiday!

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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.

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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!).