The parents/guardians of our GCSE, A Level music/music tech students and members of all our music clubs, should have received the trip letter via email on 21st September. Please let me know if your parent/guardian did not receive this email (Mrs Foster).

The final date for signing up and payment is Wednesday 28th September.

For those of you who are new to Hamilton …

Hamilton is a sung-and-rapped-through musical by Lin-Manuel Miranda. It took over seven years to compose. It tells the story of American Founding Father, Alexander Hamilton. Miranda said that he was inspired to write the musical after reading the 2004 biography Alexander Hamilton by Ron Chernow. The show draws heavily from hip hop, as well as R&B, pop, soul, and traditional-style show tunes. It casts non-white actors as the Founding Fathers of the United States and other historical figures. Miranda described Hamilton as about “America then, as told by America now.”

More music events at school this term:

Please try and attend all rehearsals this term. Remember to let the teacher know if you are unable to make a rehearsal.

Hayes School Tribute to HM Queen Elizabeth II

Thank you to the brass quintet for their part in the tribute. There were lots of lovely comments from members of staff about your performance.

Music news

Huge congratulations to Emma in year 10 who has just found out that she has been invited to join the National Youth Orchestra as an NYO Associate. She will join NYO as an integral part of the NYO Community, bringing her creativity and musicality to NYO residencies and performances alongside musicians in NYO. Emma will play alongside and learn from musicians in the orchestra, as well as participate in NYO Inspire activities, acting as role models for her peers. Well done, Emma!

Congratulations are also in order for Brooke in year 12 who has retained her place in NYO again!

We are very proud of you both 🙂

And finally…

The Starry Night is an oil-on-canvas painting by the Dutch Post-Impressionist painter Vincent van Gogh. Painted in June 1889, it depicts the view from the east-facing window of his asylum room at Saint-Rémy-de-Provence, just before sunrise, with the addition of an imaginary village. Widely regarded as Van Gogh’s magnum opus, The Starry Night is one of the most recognizable paintings in Western art.

Vincent” is a song by Don McLean written as a tribute to Vincent van Gogh. It is often erroneously titled after its opening refrain, “Starry, Starry Night“, a reference to Van Gogh’s 1889 painting The Starry Night. McLean wrote the lyrics in 1971 after reading a book about the life of Van Gogh. The song makes use mainly of the guitar, but also includes the accordion, marimba, and strings.

Here’s an arrangement of Vincent performed by the a cappella group, Voces8.

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