Well done on a terrific MusicFest!

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Well done to everyone who performed in MusicFest this week. There was such an incredible array of brilliantly performed, imaginative and creative music, from students in every single year group. Special thanks to our tech team, everyone who helped with setting up and selling tickets/refreshments, Harry for sorting the programme and Ben for doing the video.

Next half term we are super-busy again! We have the main school show Little Shop of Horrors, the Easter concert, and our tour to Budapest to look forward to! Year 11s and Year 13s are also really busy getting all their coursework to the peak of perfection…

Rehearsals for everything start on the first day back.

Something to listen to that will improve your life

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I know that sounds really drastic, but these podcasts are that good! Each one takes a song and breaks it down, explaining exactly why it works: melody, harmony and production. It will improve your understanding, your listening, and your songwriting… there is nothing not to love about these! Start with Dancing Queen. 

Wow!

This is a button accordion (so, buttons on both sides rather than a piano-type keyboard for your right hand). The left-hand buttons do chords and bass notes. Bear in mind that you can’t see your left hand AT ALL when playing this. This guy’s technique and virtuosity is unbelievable. He is playing all the parts written for an entire orchestra plus a solo violin!

Congratulations to Mrs West and MusicFest!

 

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Clara Grace Mary West was born on Tuesday, weighing 6lbs 8oz. Everyone is doing really well. We send our bestest wishes to Mrs West and her husband, and to Clara’s brother Theo. Mrs West will bring Clara in to visit us soon!

MusicFest: what you need to know

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If you are a performer:

  • It starts at 6pm, and will finish around 8.30pm.
  • It’s in the Hall
  • You can wear whatever you like as long as you look nice
  • If you are using a backing track, please either give us a CD or send us a link asap
  • If MissW or MrsB are accompanying you, please arrange a rehearsal if you haven’t already
  • You will be emailed the draft programme early next week: you must let us know if you need anything to be changed

If you are a music leader, or would like to help out with the organisation of the event:

  • There is a rehearsal for the school play in the Hall on Wednesday until 5pm. Before then you can still get things organised and ready to move in at 5
  • Once we get to 5pm it will be ACTION STATIONS for getting everything sorted in the hall and with the refreshments
  • We will need people on the door and on the refreshments stall
  • We will also need some people at the front during the concert to move things around

If you are coming to be in the audience: 

  • It starts at 6pm
  • It’s £2 on the door
  • Be supportive of everyone’s performance
  • Be sensitive to the differing etiquette that goes with different types of performance. If it’s something entirely acoustic, you must be silent and still. If you have bought a can of drink, do not open it at a quiet moment. If it’s a band, and they’re playing loud music and inviting a bit of audience participation, this is a whole different thing: now it is appropriate to make some noise.

Do you need this?

Are you ready for our trip to the RFH?

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If you are coming on our trip on Tuesday, you have been sent an email with programme notes (information about the pieces) – make sure you check this out, together with the info in last week’s blog about concert etiquette.

We are meeting at Hayes Station at 6pm on Tuesday. Remember to bring your Oyster card – because free train travel for schools is not possible in the evening, you either need to use your Oyster or buy yourself a return ticket to Waterloo East.

MusicFest – last call for entries

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If you want to perform, make sure your entries are in by Wednesday, so we have a week to get the programme organised. Use this form to do your entry.

How much of a music geek are you?

Music geek quiz

Try this quiz – it makes out it’s really hard – but it isn’t really!!

 

Have you put in your MusicFest entry yet?

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MusicFest is always a brilliant opportunity to perform your own choice of music to a friendly and supportive crowd. All students in all year groups are welcome to perform, solo or in groups, and in any style. If you would like to perform, please fill in this online form.

Music tour to Budapest

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Remember, we want your t-shirt designs!

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. 

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A letter to parents will go out next week to firm up the final details regarding travel arrangements etc.

In the meantime, here are some videos that will help you get the most out of our trip!

Firstly, if you’ve never been to an orchestral concert before, here is a quick guide to concert etiquette:

One of the pieces we will hear is Scheherezade. This beautiful piece tells a story, and you will enjoy it more if you know what the story is, and how the music fits with it. This very entertaining video explains it all.

MusicFest is coming!

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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 February

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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.

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