The Christmas Concert is next Thursday

Here’s the rehearsal schedule for the day of the concert (Thursday 15th December). Please make a note of when you are needed and make sure you have your instrument/music in school with you on that day. The rehearsals will take place in the hall unless stated otherwise.

Your teachers will know why you are absent from lessons that day, but it is your responsibility to find out what you missed and catch up.

Usual lunch rehearsals will take place up until the concert.

Here are some things you need to know about the concert itself:

  • The concert is at 6.30pm in the Hall. It will be finished 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 or pay via ParentPay. Under 18s and senior citizens are free.
  • The music classrooms will be available for coats, instrument cases etc. Please arrive in enough time to warm up and get organised.
  • 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.
  • Any questions, please ask.

All music clubs will start up again after the Christmas holiday.

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

Hamilton trip reviews in the school newsletter

Thanks again to everyone who wrote a review.

Musical Theatre news

Behind the scenes footage from the new Matilda film:

Year 7 Music Concert

Music News

Click here to read the full article.

Read the full Guardian article here.

And finally …

Christmas 2022

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. 

Well done to …

  • JamSesh and HUB for performing at the Hayes Christmas Lights event last weekend. The organisers were very grateful and the crowd really enjoyed your performance. Special thanks to Ben M for taking last week’s rehearsal and for helping out at the Year 7 Concert.
  • Jazz Band for performing at the 6th Form Open Evening on Thursday.
  • Year 7s for the fab Song Concert on Monday.

Next up is …

All our extra-curricular music groups are performing in this.

Musical Theatre club news

For those of you who know Larissa:

I am looking into a possible musical theatre club trip to see Larissa perform in Sister Act at the Orchard Theatre in Dartford next February so watch this space.

Relive 100 years of the BBC. Click on the image below to listen to a soundscape of classical music and sounds from each decade, starting with the 1920s.

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

And finally …

Hamilton trip

Thank you to all the students who joined us on this trip. Your behaviour was exemplary and it was a pleasure to take you all. I had several comments from people in the theatre about how well behaved you were.

Thank you in advance to JamSesh and HUB who will be performing at Saturday’s event.

Find out the answer by clicking here.

Practice following a musical score:

Hayes Harmonies: click here

And finally …

Message in a Bottle” is a song by English rock band The Police. It was released as the lead single from their second studio album, Reggatta de Blanc (1979). Written by the band’s lead singer and bassist Sting, the song is ostensibly about a story of a castaway on an island, who sends out a message in a bottle to seek love. A year later, he has not received any sort of response, and despairs, thinking he is destined to be alone. The next day, he sees “a hundred billion bottles” on the shore, finding out that there are more people like him out there.

Gordon Matthew Thomas Sumner (born 1951), known as Sting, is an English musician and actor. He was the frontman, songwriter and bassist for new wave rock band the Police from 1977 to their breakup in 1986. He launched a solo career in 1985 and has included elements of rock, jazz, reggae, classical, new-age, and worldbeat in his music.


Released in 1979

Coming soon – Hayes Christmas Lights

Thank you to JamSesh and HUB for performing at next weekend’s event. Mr Tucker has the Christmas music so please see him so you can start practising at home.

Hayes Harmonies: click here

For those of you with Prime Video at home:

And finally …

Sabre Dance” is a movement in the final act of Aram Khachaturian’s ballet Gayane (1942), where the dancers display their skill with sabres. It is Khachaturian’s best known and most recognizable work worldwide.

It is notable for its employment of percussion instruments, especially the xylophone. Its middle section is based on an unnamed Armenian folk song.

“Sabre Dance” is considered one of the signature pieces of 20th-century popular music. It was popularized by covers by pop artists, first in the US in 1948 and later elsewhere. Its use in a wide range in films and television over the decades have significantly contributed to its renown. “Sabre Dance” has also been used by a number of figure skaters from at least five countries in their performances.


Hamilton trip – Thursday 10th November

Final reminders:

Meet at the start of period 4 (12.10 pm) on Thursday 10th November in the restaurant. We will need to leave school at 12.25 pm at the latest so please be prompt.

  • You will need your zip oyster/debit card for bus and train fare, charged mobile phone, coat and packed lunch/drink (to have on the train journey up there). Also, any medical/health items that student reception don’t already keep for you.
  • Please make sure your zip card is topped up before the day of the trip as we may need to get a train as soon as we arrive at the station.
  • You are not allowed to bring your own food into the theatre so if you want to buy something during the interval you will need your debit card as the theatre is cashless.
  • Before we leave, try to put as much in your locker as possible so that your bag is smaller/lighter (although remember we will not be returning to school that day). You may want to bring in a smaller rucksack for the trip and leave your larger school bag at school over night.
  • Go to the toilet before meeting us in the restaurant.
  • Make sure you have read all of the powerpoint that I put on Satchel on 3rd November. You need to know who the teacher is for your head count group, and which teacher you will be sat on a row with in the theatre.
  • Don’t forget that we will be dismissing you from Bromley South Train Station and so those of you who are being collected will need to arrange a place near there to meet your parent/guardian. I will wait at Bromley South after we get back so if you cannot find your lift, come back to me inside the station, or call the school mobile number.

Any questions, please email me.

BYMT’s production of Elf The Musical

Congratulations to Oliver (year 13) for his role in the cast, and to Jodie (year 13) and Will (year 9) for their role in the orchestra. What a great show!

Music Department events between now and Christmas:

Listen to the pieces at home and try playing your part along with them:

A glass harp (also called musical glasses, singing glasses, angelic organ, verrillon or ghost fiddle) is a musical instrument made of upright wine glasses.

It is played by running moistened or chalked fingers around the rim of the glasses. Each glass is tuned to a different pitch, either by grinding each goblet to the specified pitch, in which case the tuning is invariable, or by filling the glass with water until the desired pitch is achieved.

Here’s Pink Floyd using a glass harp in the extended introduction of their song Shine On You Crazy Diamond:

And finally …

Blondie is an American rock band co-founded by singer Debbie Harry and guitarist Chris Stein. The band was a pioneer in the American new wave scene of the mid-1970s in New York. New wave is a loosely defined music genre that encompasses pop-oriented styles from the late 1970s and the 1980s. It was originally used as a catch-all for the various styles of music that emerged after punk rock, including punk itself.


“One Way or Another” was released in 1979 as the fourth single from Parallel Lines, following the band’s chart-topping “Heart of Glass” single:

Hamilton – important trip meeting

We will be having a short meeting straight after school on Thursday 3rd November in CGG to go through the final arrangements and reminders. All students going on the Hamilton trip must attend this meeting. It should only take 15 minutes. 

Please contact me if there’s a reason why you cannot attend. 

During half term, please have a look at the information on this website. It’s free, but you will need to register to access the resources. I’m certain you will all love seeing the show, but you will love it even more if you have some prior understanding of the story line and who’s who. Take 15 minutes to get your head around the plot and the main characters. 

Thank you. We are really looking forward to taking you all 🙂

Congratulations! Another fab MusicFest!

Well done and thank you to everyone who performed in MusicFest this week. It was lovely to see such a variety of perfomances from soloists, duos and groups, and it’s great that our students continue to create music together regardless of age differences. Special thanks to our tech team and everyone else who helped on the night and behind the scenes.

Music events at school between now and Christmas

Listen to the pieces at home and try playing your part along with them:

There are several students from our school performing in this show so go along to support them if you can.

Celebrating Black Voices

Click here

Black composers who changed the course of classical music history

Read the article here

Open Morning

Thank you again to Jazz Band for your performances during Open Morning. We received lots of positive comments about your playing.

BBC Young Musician Contest

Click here to read the article about Jordan.

Click here to watch Jordan play the vibraphone in the percussion final

Music Opportunities – brass and percussion course for young people who identify as female or non-binary

There are 30 pop groups hidden in this image. Lots of the bands are from before you were born so you may need some help! I’ll start; The Eagles.

Let me know if you think you’ve worked out all 30!

And finally …

Seen outside a bakery 🙂

Listen to the lyrics in the chorus of Creep below if you don’t get it!

Radiohead are an English rock band formed in Abingdon, Oxfordshire, in 1985. The band consists of Thom Yorke (vocals, guitar, piano, keyboards); brothers Jonny Greenwood (lead guitar, keyboards, other instruments) and Colin Greenwood (bass); Ed O’Brien (guitar, backing vocals); and Philip Selway (drums, percussion). Radiohead’s experimental approach is credited with advancing the sound of alternative rock.

Though they achieved greater commercial and critical success with later albums, “Creep” remains Radiohead’s most successful single. It was named one of the greatest debut singles and one of the greatest songs by the American Rolling Stone magazine.  

MusicFest is next Thursday!

We are really looking forward to our first concert this year.

Jobs to do before next Thursday:

  1. If you are planning to perform, please make sure that you have completed the form to sign up ASAP. Sign up form here.
  2. Make sure you have let your friends and family know so that we have as many in the audience as possible. Tickets can be bought on the door.
  3. If performing, practise your piece(s)!

More music events at school this term:

Open Morning

Thank you to Jazz Band who will be entertaining the parents and prospective students during tomorrow’s Open Morning.

Music trips

Thank you to those of you who have signed up for Hamilton and/or Music Tour. There are still some places for music tour. Please encourage those who you know would have received the tour letter to come along as we need at least 40 students for the trip to go ahead. WE REALLY WANT TO TAKE YOU ON TOUR NEXT YEAR!

We will be in touch with further trip information in due course. In the meantime, please speak to Miss W or Mrs F if you have any questions.

Listen to the pieces at home and try playing your part along with them:

John Towner Williams KBE (born February 8, 1932) is an American composer, conductor and pianist. In a career that has spanned seven decades, he has composed for many critically acclaimed and popular movies, including the Star Wars saga, JawsClose Encounters of the Third KindSupermanE.T. the Extra-Terrestrial, the first two Home Alone films, the Indiana Jones films, the first two Jurassic Park films, Schindler’s ListSaving Private RyanCatch Me If You Can, and the first three Harry Potter films.


David Bowie in the news

Click here to read the full article

Upon release, “Starman” sold favorably and earned positive reviews. Following Bowie’s performance of the song on the BBC television programme Top of the Pops, the song launched to number 10 on the UK Singles Chart and helped propel the album to number five. It was his first major hit since “Space Oddity” three years earlier. The performance made Bowie a star and was watched by a large audience, including many future musicians, who were all impacted by it; these included Boy George, Bono, Robert Smith and Ian McCulloch. Retrospectively, the song is considered by music critics as one of Bowie’s finest.


And finally …

Music Tour to Belgium, 3rd – 6th April, 2023

It’s official! We’re off to Belgium for music tour 2023. We are SO excited to be off on tour again – it’s going to be a great trip so please get your deposit in asap to reserve your place. Your parents/guardians should have received a tour letter via email with all the details, but let us know if you are a new member of choir, musical theatre or concert band and would like to come on tour so we can get a letter to you asap.

Please speak to Miss Werry if you have any questions.

This is how much fun we had on our last tour (Hungary, 2019):

More music events at school this term:

Please try and attend all rehearsals this term. Remember to let the teacher know if you are unable to make a rehearsal.


Our first concert of the year is on Thursday October 13th which is now less than two weeks away. 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. Here’s some footage of our last MusicFest to give you an idea of what these concerts are like:

Sign up for the next MusicFest here

Bromley Horn Day @ BYMT

Well done to the Hayes School contingent who took part in this event last weekend.

More BYMT opportunities

Don’t forget that BYMT runs a variety of classes for adults too:

New BYMT Student Instagram page:

Listen to the pieces at home and try playing your part along with them:

And finally …

Don’t get it? Listen to the lyrics of Careless Whisper and watch the Electric Slide!

The Electric (better known as The Electric Slide) is a four wall line dance set to Marcia Griffiths and Bunny Wailer’s song “Electric Boogie”:

Join us on our trip – Thursday 10th November, 2022

The parents/guardians of our GCSE, A Level music/music tech students and members of all our music clubs, should have received the trip letter via email on 21st September. Please let me know if your parent/guardian did not receive this email (Mrs Foster).

The final date for signing up and payment is Wednesday 28th September.

For those of you who are new to Hamilton …

Hamilton is a sung-and-rapped-through musical by Lin-Manuel Miranda. It took over seven years to compose. It tells the story of American Founding Father, Alexander Hamilton. Miranda said that he was inspired to write the musical after reading the 2004 biography Alexander Hamilton by Ron Chernow. The show draws heavily from hip hop, as well as R&B, pop, soul, and traditional-style show tunes. It casts non-white actors as the Founding Fathers of the United States and other historical figures. Miranda described Hamilton as about “America then, as told by America now.”

More music events at school this term:

Please try and attend all rehearsals this term. Remember to let the teacher know if you are unable to make a rehearsal.

Hayes School Tribute to HM Queen Elizabeth II

Thank you to the brass quintet for their part in the tribute. There were lots of lovely comments from members of staff about your performance.

Music news

Huge congratulations to Emma in year 10 who has just found out that she has been invited to join the National Youth Orchestra as an NYO Associate. She will join NYO as an integral part of the NYO Community, bringing her creativity and musicality to NYO residencies and performances alongside musicians in NYO. Emma will play alongside and learn from musicians in the orchestra, as well as participate in NYO Inspire activities, acting as role models for her peers. Well done, Emma!

Congratulations are also in order for Brooke in year 12 who has retained her place in NYO again!

We are very proud of you both 🙂

And finally…

The Starry Night is an oil-on-canvas painting by the Dutch Post-Impressionist painter Vincent van Gogh. Painted in June 1889, it depicts the view from the east-facing window of his asylum room at Saint-Rémy-de-Provence, just before sunrise, with the addition of an imaginary village. Widely regarded as Van Gogh’s magnum opus, The Starry Night is one of the most recognizable paintings in Western art.

Vincent” is a song by Don McLean written as a tribute to Vincent van Gogh. It is often erroneously titled after its opening refrain, “Starry, Starry Night“, a reference to Van Gogh’s 1889 painting The Starry Night. McLean wrote the lyrics in 1971 after reading a book about the life of Van Gogh. The song makes use mainly of the guitar, but also includes the accordion, marimba, and strings.

Here’s an arrangement of Vincent performed by the a cappella group, Voces8.