Christmas Tree Festival and other festive things

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Concert Band is playing at the Christmas Tree Festival at Hayes Free Church, 111 Pickhurst Lane, BR2 7HU, this Sunday at 6.30pm. All are welcome to come along for the service.

Arrangements for the band:

  • Arrive at the church at 5pm if you can and by 5.30pm at the latest – we need to set up and have a little run through a few things
  • Wear black
  • Remember your instrument and bring a music stand if you have one
  • The service will finish at approximately 7.45pm

Xmas 19 posterThe rehearsal schedule for the day of the concert will be on next week’s blog. 

Here are some things you need to know:

  • Tickets are to be bought on the door
  • Wear all black
  • When you are not performing, you need to be in the Hall being an exemplary audience member supporting other performers
  • Cases, coats etc. can be left in CGD and CGF
  • The concert will finish at about 8.45pm
  • Choir, Boyvox, Showsongs – you need to be learning your songs: head on over to the Choir page for audio/video/pdf files to help you. Print out a copy of Red Right Hand if you need one!

Only three weeks until the Christmas concert!

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The Christmas Concert is coming up fast – on Wednesday 18th December.

We need everyone at all rehearsals! 

Choir – you need to start learning your songs. Next Monday (2nd Dec) we will be looking specifically at Red Right Hand and Rockin’ Around the Christmas Tree. Go to the Choirs page to hear the songs – you need to spend time learning them! There is also be audio for the different parts for Rockin’ Around the Christmas Tree – listen to your part and learn it.

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Following on from last week’s video, here are some more really interesting stats!

Year 7 concert, Christmas lights… it’s all happening!

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Please could we have some help with loading stuff up for the concert straight after school on Monday. Music leaders (and anyone else who’d like to help) are also extremely welcome to come along to St Mark’s from 6.20 to run the door and help herd Year 7s!

Christmas Lights Sat 23rd

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Jamsesh, you know what to do. We are rehearsing on Thursday again this week.

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Lots of opportunities for you

Opportunities for you at BYMT

calamity auditions

Following the huge success of Oklahoma!, BYMT Musical Theatre are now casting for Calamity Jane. This is a great opportunity for you to get involved with the brilliant productions that they put on.

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There are also auditions, all next week, for all of BYMT’s other ensembles. To apply, click this link

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Two brilliant local concert bands coming together to perform a range of great music! This Sunday at Langley. Full details here

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Happy half term everyone!

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WELL DONE to everyone who performed in MusicFest this week! The standard of performances was really high. The next one is in February, so start planning what you’ll perform now. If you’ve never performed in a MusicFest, consider giving it a go!

After half term things start to get busy! This is what we’ve got:

  • Mon 18th November – Year 7 concert
  • Sat 23rd November, in the afternoon – Hayes Christmas Lights (Jamsesh #1 and #2)
  • Sun 8th December, early evening – Hayes Free Church Christmas Tree Festival (Concert Band)
  • Wed 18th December, 6.30pm – Christmas Concert – EVERYONE!

Sister Act coming to the Churchill Theatre

Do you want to see MissW dressed as a nun? If so, you need to get tickets to this show! If you have a Facebook account, you can see a sneaky peek here. Tickets are selling out so get in there quick! If you get them via the WWOS box office you’ll avoid paying the Churchill booking fee.

Something for next MusicFest…?



MusicFest this week

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Thank you for your MusicFest entries. If you have put an entry in, you will be emailed in the next couple of days with the draft programme.

Here are some details about what happens on Thursday:

  • Music Leaders please come at 5pm to get set up. We will need you to get things out and set up (drum kit, amps etc) and to get organised for collecting money and running the refreshments. We will also need a few of you at the front during the concert to move stands, mics etc.
  • Tickets are £3 and available on the door. We look forward to having a large and supportive audience for our performers.
  • MusicFest starts at 6pm and will be over by 8.30pm
  • Performers, you can wear whatever you like as long as you look nice. Please look out for the email with the draft programme and other details.

Watch this!

Fantastic playing of some brilliantly entertaining music. It’s so great to see performers enjoying themselves!

Have you put your MusicFest entry in yet?

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Any student, in any year group, can perform in MusicFest. It doesn’t matter what style you perform in, or whether you’re a beginner or grade 8+. Solos, duets, and groups are all welcome. You need to fill in this form to tell us who you are and what you’re doing.

Open Day – thank you!

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A big thank you to Jazz Band and everyone who came to help out at Open Day. As always, the comments were really positive and everyone was super impressed!

MusicFest is coming!

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Our first concert of the year is coming up. MusicFests are informal concerts where students from any year group can perform pieces of their own choice to a friendly and supportive audience. We always have a huge range of music, from students’ very first public performance to students who are already hugely experienced musicians. We have all styles of music from classical to rock to musical theatre and students’ own compositions. There are solos, duets and groups.

If you would like to perform on October 17th, you need to fill in this online form (you need a Hayes School email address to access this).

Here is the video from the last MusicFest so you can get a flavour of what it’s like:

Open Day Saturday 5th October


Jazz Band will be playing out at the front as usual, showing all our visitors what Hayes School is really about!

In CGD there will be chair drumming and Boomwhackers. If you would like to come and help out at any point, just roll on up, join in, and be prepared to answer questions from our visitors!

There is an early finish on Friday 4th October, so lunchtime clubs will not run.

Amazing instruments

We would love to have some really creative performances in MusicFest! Here is some inspiration.

Guys and Dolls auditions


We are already looking forward to the main school play 2020! If you are in years 10-13, do come and audition next Wednesday. Guys & Dolls is such a great show! If you don’t know it, here’s a taster:

Yes, there will be a band… and no we don’t know yet exactly what instruments we will need for that!

Music tour to Amsterdam

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Hurrah if you have paid your deposit to come on tour. The deadline was today (20th), but we won’t be looking at the list and closing it on ParentPay until Monday… so you still have this weekend to squeak in at the last minute if you need to! See the letter here for full details: JW – Music Tour to Utrecht and Amsterdam, 5-9 Apr 20

Full steam ahead!

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Everything is now up and running – if you missed a rehearsal this week because you weren’t quite on the ball (or are in Year 12 and hadn’t started yet!) then we look forward to seeing you next week. Here’s a reminder of what’s on when:

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Also, make sure that you have all the dates for the year in your diary! See the ‘about’ page for these.

We need more handbell ringers for Banging Bells – no experience required, but you need to have a good sense of timing and great teamwork skills!

Music tour – deposits now required

Image result for amsterdamLetters have been sent out via Parentmail to everyone who came to Choir this week. If you haven’t received one, you can either collect a letter from Miss W, or click here: JW – Music Tour to Utrecht and Amsterdam, 5-9 Apr 20

Get those deposits rolling in! The deadline for these is Friday 20th September. 

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