Happy half term everyone!

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After half term everything starts to warm up, in every sense:

  • Guys & Dolls 12-14 March – if you are in the cast, band, or tech team, you know who you are and what rehearsals are involved! You need to get learning everything over half term…
  • Easter Concert 1st April – this involves all choirs, bands etc. We really need EVERYONE at all rehearsals after half term to make the concert a success
  • Tour!! 5-9 April – this is another reason we need everyone at rehearsals! There will be a parents’ meeting in the last week of term at some point, to give out all the final details, collect passports and so on (there will be a letter about this)

Jazz at BYMT: opportunities for you

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Are you ready for MusicFest?

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If you are performing…

  • You will be emailed early in the week with a draft programme
  • You do NOT need to wear school uniform – you can wear whatever you like as long as you look nice
  • Be in the audience being a lovely supportive audience member for other performers
  • At the end, take a bow and SMILE to acknowledge your applause

If you are a Music Leader…

  • Rapid setup needs to take place from 5pm. Things can be located and got out before then, but bear in mind there will be a Guys & Dolls rehearsal in the Hall until 5pm.
  • We need people to be on the door and run the refreshments

If you have volunteered to be on the Tech Team…

  • You have been emailed with instructions. Sam will be showing you what to do from 3pm onwards
  • During MusicFest itself you need to be proactive at the front of the hall as well as at the back, helping people with mics and mic stands – whatever each performer needs

If you are coming to be in the audience…

  • Remember good audience etiquette, and be aware that you need to respond in different ways to different types of music – you may be clapping or joining in if a performer invites you to, but for some pieces (especially classical ones, or very soft ones) you might need to be completely silent and completely still.
  • No moving about during items

 

Something to try?!

Sign up for MusicFest by Thursday!

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Please get your entries in for MusicFest by 5pm on Thursday 6th Feb using this form. Students in any year group are welcome to perform – it doesn’t matter if this is your first performance or your thousandth! All communication with performers will be done using your school email address, so be prepared to respond to emails once you’ve put your entry in.

If you want Miss W to play piano for your piece, please give her the sheet music ASAP if you haven’t already (and organise a run through).

New Sam required!

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After many years of incredible service to the tech requirements of all school events, Sam W is leaving at the end of this year…. and sadly, our attempts to clone him have failed! So we need to find some new, fabulous people to learn how to ‘do the tech’ for concerts, productions, and school events generally. You can be in any year group, and you don’t need any previous experience (we’ll teach you everything you need to know) but you do need LOADS of common sense and to be super-reliable. You also need to be prepared to be there at concerts/plays/dancefests/sports awards… if we can put a great team together it will really help, as we can spread out the duties between you all.

If you are interested, please see Miss Werry (if you haven’t already) and we will get a training plan together.

 

MusicFest is coming!

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If you would like to perform in MusicFest on 12th February, please complete this form.

An amazing opportunity to be in a show at the Churchill

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Here is a message from our friends at WWOS:

ATTENTION ALL BUDDING YOUNG ACTORS

WWOS are returning to The Churchill Theatre in May with a production of the West End Musical MADE IN DAGENHAM and are on the lookout for 2 boys and 2 girls to complete their cast.
Set in the 60s, Made In Dagenham has a huge heart – it is funny, sad, uplifting and has some belting musical numbers to boot.
Based on the real events of the Ford sewing machinists’ strike of 1968. This musical focuses on the unlikely leader of the strike, Rita O’Grady. Risking her marriage to Eddie and friendships, Rita encourages the women of the Ford factory to walk out after they are reclassified as ‘unskilled workers’. Her efforts for equality eventually lead to the passing of equal pay within the union. As husband Eddie finally recognises his wife’s achievements, the women celebrate their life changing success. The parts are as follows:-

GRAHAM: Rita & Eddie’s son. Essex accent. Has a scholarship to the local ‘posh’ school where he gets caned and is struggling a bit. He gets his sister to do his homework. Small amount of singing. Playing age 10 (max height 5 feet)
SHARON: Rita & Eddie’s daughter. Resourceful and confident. Wants to be a doctor, rather than conform to the expectations of the time. Does her brother’s homework for him (at a fee). Small amount of singing. Playing age 9 (max height 5 feet)
The shows dates are 19-23 May2020 and each set of children with perform 3 or 4 performances. Rehearsals will take place on some Monday and Wednesday eves from February onwards with Sundays nearer the production dates. A workshop and auditions for the roles will take place on Sunday 2nd February @ 2pm in West Wickham. (NB – Parents, please note that the show contains strong language of the time).
If you or your child is interested in taking part, please email Name, age & address to
dagenham@wwos.org.uk
And we will provide further details.

Please Note … you do have to be registered to take part in the Audition Workshop.

Thank you

WWOS

Tour info required

Ophelia’s tour poster

First of all thank you to those people who have submitted t-shirt designs for the music tour. The design above was submitted by Ophelia – unfortunately it’s too colourful to reproduce on the t-shirts, but it’s so lovely that we’re going to use it on here!

If you would still like to submit a design idea, here’s what you need to do:

  1. Decide what would be a good design – hopefully it will be something associated with The Netherlands – tulips, windmills, clogs, bicycles…? You might include some musical things, but please not just a treble clef on its own – we’re looking for something more interesting than that!
  2. You need to include the text Hayes School Music Tour – Netherlands 2020 
  3. The whole thing needs to be able to be printed in one colour (no shading, just solid colour), and needs to stand out so that it can be seen from a distance: it needs to be BOLD!
  4. It can be hand-drawn or done on a computer – however, if you hand-draw it, it will need to be done in black ink so it is bold enough to be reproduced on the t-shirts

About three-quarters of tour-goers have submitted the relevant info on the questionnaire about t-shirt sizes and dietary requirements. That leaves about a quarter of you still to go. Please follow this link to the questionnaire – it will take one minute!

Dates for your diary

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Wed 12th February – MusicFest – 6pm in the Hall

Wed 1st April – Easter Concert – 6.30pm in the Hall

Sun 5th-Thurs 9th April – tour to the Netherlands

There will be a parents evening for tour in the last week of term – exact date to be decided

Rehearsals start on Monday

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We look forward to seeing everybody next week!

Tour: info required

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If you are coming on tour, you have been sent an email with a link to a form to fill in, to tell us about any dietary requirements you might have, and what size t-shirt you want. It will take you 1 minute to fill in! Please do this asap.

Tour t-shirt design

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We need to decide what will actually be on our tour t-shirts! Each year, the t-shirt design is done by a student: this is your chance to get your design on this year’s shirt. Here’s what you need to do:

  1. Decide what would be a good design – hopefully it will be something associated with The Netherlands – tulips, windmills, clogs, bicycles…? You might include some musical things, but please not just a treble clef on its own – we’re looking for something more interesting than that!
  2. You need to include the text Hayes School Music Tour – Netherlands 2020 
  3. The whole thing needs to be able to be printed in one colour (no shading, just solid colour), and needs to stand out so that it can be seen from a distance: it needs to be BOLD!
  4. It can be hand-drawn or done on a computer – however, if you hand-draw it, it will need to be done in black ink so it is bold enough to be reproduced on the t-shirts

NEW rehearsal pattern from January!

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Well done on a truly fabulous concert this week! Everyone performed brilliantly, and we have had so many positive comments from parents, teachers, visitors, and ex-students. You rock!

From January, we have moved rehearsals around a bit, to fit in with the days that Mrs West and Mrs Foster will be in school. Rehearsals start on 13th Jan (second week back). The yellow ones on the table above are the ones that have moved.

In the meantime, have a tremendous holiday, a great Christmas and a happy New Year!

…possibly the most over-the-top arrangement you’ll ever hear! Awesomely tight performance though…

Christmas Concert: full details

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This is the rehearsal schedule for Wednesday 18th Unfortunately we can’t get into the Hall until p3, so we will have to rehearse some things in the music rooms. It is therefore really important that everyone comes to help set up the Hall during break. Xmas 19 posterHere are some things you need to know about the concert itself:

  • 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!

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This will happen on Thursday lunchtime. Clearing up after any kind of gig is a necessary and unavoidable part of a musician’s life, so please participate fully by helping at this point.

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!

Christmas concert in 3 weeks

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.

More interesting stats

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