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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Everything starts next week!

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Welcome back for another wonderful year of music!

Everything will be starting next week. Nearly everything is happening at the same time as last year: the exception to this is Jamsesh#2 which has moved to Tuesdays.

Please make sure that you have made a note of all the dates for this year. You will find these on the ‘about’ page.

Music tour to Amsterdam


We are finally ready to launch tour and start collecting your deposits! Letters will be sent out on Monday to anyone who comes to Choir and/or was in Concert Band last year.

A great version of a metal classic

Heavy metal banjo and mandolin, anyone? Plus accordion – there is literally nothing not to love about this!

School’s out for summer!

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Summer concert video

Huge thanks to Ben Fr for shooting, editing, and compiling all of our concert videos this year!

It’s been a good one!

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It’s been a super-busy year, and it’s been amazing! We’ve totally lost count of the amount of musical events that have happened – as well as the ones we had on our calendar, all sorts of other things have popped up along the way, and it’s all been brilliant.

Next year will be just as busy, and we look forward to lots more music after the summer break. The calendar of music dates for next year is shown below, so that you can put all your Very Important Dates in your diary straight away!

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Music Leaders 2019-20

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Of course, being such a small department that does so much, we simply cannot survive without some help, and this is where our fabulous Music Leaders come in. They have been amazing this year, and have done so much (a lot of it behind the scenes). A big thank you to all our outgoing Music Leaders, and congratulations to those appointed for 2019-20:

Harry Aldridge
Jessica Whibley
Poppy Green
Isobel Taylor
Hannah Martin
Benjamin Martin
Brooke Simpson
Oliver Swift
Erin Harrington
Ellen Thom
Nienke Van Velzen
Katy Alder

Tour 2020

So sorry not to have been able to get the letters about this out before the holidays – Club Europe are still trying to get our accommodation sorted. We will be launching straight away in the new term!

Have a great summer!

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Have a fabulous summer holiday! Maybe do some really lovely musical things – try a new instrument, learn a new piece, or listen to something different. Go to a Prom! Proms are brilliant – the atmosphere is like nothing else – and the programme of events is huge and varied. U18s go half price on all seated tickets – however I would absolutely encourage you to actually prom – which means queuing for a ticket on the day, and standing up (there are two queues – one for the Arena, and one for the Gallery – I would strongly recommend the gallery, because the acoustics are better, and if there is room, you can lie on the floor and listen to the music!). See the Proms website for full details.

Time for Hazefest!


….why would you not? Always a fantastic day – great music, great atmosphere, loads of the loveliest people of Hayes, present and past…. get ready to rock!

Still time to get a music leader application in!

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You have until next Tuesday to get your applications in!

The role is open to any student in any year group. We are looking for people who are dedicated and proactive, with a great track record of attendance at rehearsals. You need to be someone who is organised and easy to communicate with; someone who checks their emails and keeps track of what’s happening on this blog – in other words, someone who is tuned in!

If you would like to apply, you will need to fill in this form (you’ll need your Hayes email address to access this). The deadline for applications is Tuesday 16th July, and we’ll let everyone know by the end of term.

‘Old’ Music Leaders, could you please hand in your badges?

Tidying up going brilliantly! …but not quite finished!


HUGE thanks to everyone who has come along to help sort things out. Things are looking SO much better! However, there are still some bits and bobs that need doing – in particular some music filing.

Tour… yes details are coming!


We really hope to get details of tour out next week! Watch this space.


Well done on a fantastic summer concert!

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The summer concert was brilliant – you well and truly pulled it out of the bag! Thank you for all your hard work.

We now have a few things left to do before the end of term:

The big music department tidy up


A year of busy music-making makes the department look like a tip! There are so many things that need sorting out and putting away. Because there are no more regular rehearsals now until the end of term, we can devote lunchtimes to a bit of sorting. Everyone is welcome to come along any lunchtime – bring your lunch – and join in with making everything tidy, organised and ready for the new term.

Music Leaders 2019-20

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We rely on our music leaders to help the department run smoothly, and this year’s have been brilliant. However, we need to appoint next year’s now! Music leaders help out in lots of different ways. They all pitch in with giving us their ideas and getting things ready for concerts, but some take a leadership role by directing an ensemble, and others do things like videoing concerts.

The role is open to any student in any year group. We are looking for people who are dedicated and proactive, with a great track record of attendance at rehearsals. You need to be someone who is organised and easy to communicate with; someone who checks their emails and keeps track of what’s happening on this blog – in other words, someone who is tuned in!

If you would like to apply, you will need to fill in this form (you’ll need your Hayes email address to access this). The deadline for applications is Tuesday 16th July, and we’ll let everyone know by the end of term.

Music tour 2020


We are really hoping to be able to launch Tour 2020 before the end of term, and collect deposits so we can make a booking. We are just waiting for Club Europe to sort out the finer details of our accommodation, and then we will be sending out an email – keep your eyes peeled for announcements!

Summer concert akimbo

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All you need to know about the summer concert:

  • Rehearsals Mon-Wed as usual
  • Rehearsals for Thursday 4th are shown above: all these rehearsals are in the hall unless stated otherwise
  • Concert is at 6.30pm. Tickets on the door – adults £5, under-18s and senior citizens FREE
  • Wear all black
  • You can stash instrument cases etc. in CGD and CGF
  • When not performing, please be in the audience. Do not hang out in the music rooms during the concert, or move around unnecessarily in/around the hall. Be considerate audience members and support everyone else’s performances
  • The concert will finish around 9pm
  • If you are in Choir you have a LOT of words to learn – you need to get on the case with this! See the Choirs page for videos/audio etc. to helpSummer 19 poster