As you are aware, we have taken the decision, in the light of the current situation regarding COVID, to move our Christmas Concert online. We will be rehearsing and filming during the day on Wednesday 15th December, and releasing the concert as a YouTube premiere event at 6.30pm the same day. Make sure you let all your family and friends know so they can watch it at home. Thank you for all your hard work in rehearsals this term. It’s going to be a fab concert 🙂

Here is the concert schedule for Wednesday 15th. Everything is in the Hall unless otherwise stated.

Please make sure you know when you need to be in the hall that day and remember that you will need to copy up any class work missed.

Choir and Musical Theatre singers: You need to be word perfect by next Wednesday.

Choir & Musical Theatre singers: Please click here and scroll down to hear this term’s songs and practise your part. The Musical Theatre choreography videos are also on this link so that you can be move perfect too.

Concert band: Have a listen to these recordings and even better, practise your part whilst playing along. If you have taken your music home, please remember to bring it back next Wednesday.

The chord that makes Christmas music sound so Christmassy!

BYMT news

For those of you not already in a BYMT ensemble, take a look at this:

For those of you in years 7 and 8:

BYMT ‘Bitesize’ on Friday 7 January 2022. Choose an instrument & come along and try it! Booking essential via

Radio recommendations:

Christmas Sounds

Handpicked festive music for every Christmas occasion from BBC Sounds which is great if you are already fed up with the usual Christmas songs! Click here to choose from these playlists:

Radio 2 Celebrates Songwriting

Exploring the art and craft of the world’s songwriters, featuring John Legend on The Beatles’ influence, Adele at the BBC, the Queen Story, plus much more. Click here to listen.

And finally …

How about a heavy metal hurdy-gurdy performance at the next MusicFest in February?!

The hurdy-gurdy is a stringed instrument that dates back to Medieval times. Its sound is produced by a hand-cranked, rosined wheel that turns, rubbing against strings. Strings can then be depressed to change the pitch. The hurdy-gurdy also has other strings that act as drones to underpin the moving notes, in a style similar to bagpipes.

Polish hurdy-gurdyist Michalina Malisz has been discovering new repertoire for the instrument and loves blending the sound of the hurdy-gurdy with her favourite genres: metal, Celtic and cinematic music.

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