The concert is just under two weeks away so please make sure you are practising your part(s) lots. It’s going to be a great concert and just what we all need after such a long term. The schedule for the rehearsal day will be ready soon so watch this space.

Please click here to be taken to the Musical Theatre page. Here you’ll find links to this term’s pieces so you can sing along at home when practising.

Please click here to be taken to the Concert Band page. Here you’ll find links to this term’s pieces so you can play along at home when practising.

Hayes Harmonies: click here

Mr Payne’s brass students – please read:

Mr Payne will not be coming in next Thursday (8th December) as he is away. Instead, he will be in on Monday 12th December 2022 and will run the same schedule as printed for the 8th.

Sometimes, it’s best to stick to the classics. And what’s a classical music Christmas without the Messiah? As the Harry Styles of his day, Handel’s superstar status made his music extremely popular around London and the Messiah drew in thousands as a result of its great emotional impact and catchy tunes (‘Hallelujah’ chorus – we’re looking at you).
We’re revamping Handel’s classic with a brand-new presentation. Placing the audience in a ring around the orchestra, this immersive experience will showcase the work from all angles. As Croydon’s resident orchestra, we’re joined by local singers and choirs.

BYMT news

Well done to those of you involved in the BYMT concerts at the moment. It’s always lovely to see so many Hayes names in the programmes!

One of America’s most historic ensembles sees a big demographic shift as symphonic music changes with the times.
Women in the ranks of New York’s most famous orchestra now outnumber men 45 to 44, for the first time in its 180-year history.
The news was reported on Tuesday in what the New York Times termed a “sea change”, noting that when the New York Philmarmonic’s Lincoln Centre home was built in 1962, there were no women’s dressing rooms.
In 1922, a 26-year-old harpist Stephanie Goldner became the first woman to join the Philharmonic, and for 10 years was the only woman in the ensemble.

Read the full article here

And finally …

The Toccata and Fugue in D minor, is a piece of organ music written, according to its oldest extant sources, by Johann Sebastian Bach (1685–1750). The piece opens with a toccata section, followed by a fugue that ends in a coda.

Toccata (from Italian toccare, literally, “to touch”, with “toccata” being the action of touching) is a virtuoso piece of music typically for a keyboard or plucked string instrument featuring fast-moving, lightly fingered or otherwise virtuosic passages or sections, with or without imitative or fugal interludes, generally emphasizing the dexterity of the performer’s fingers.,_BWV_565

This piece of music was included in Walt Disney’s Fantasia. Fantasia is an animated musical anthology film released in 1940. It consists of eight animated segments set to pieces of classical music conducted by Leopold Stokowski, seven of which are performed by the Philadelphia Orchestra. 

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