Good luck to all of you sitting GCSE and A Level exams


No. 4 – Our Music Ambassadors – Year 7

Our music ambassadors were asked this question

Thank you to Elinor, James, Charlie, Bibi, Iona, Lilian and Alice.

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

Chicken Run: Please bring in a kazoo if you have one at home or you could buy yourself one: try here


Spotlight on … Jasdeep Singh Degun

Jasdeep Singh Degun is a sitarist who is steeped in the North Indian classical tradition. He was born, raised and is still based in Leeds, north of England. He brings a youthful energy and vision to both Indian classical and contemporary music and he has performed all over the world in many high-profile productions and prestigious venues, including Buckingham Palace and the Royal Albert Hall at the 2014 BBC Proms. 

Playing traditional Indian classical music

He has recently released his debut album Anomaly.

Anomaly showcases exceptional musicality, improvisation, composition and collaboration that is rooted in the ancient repertoire of raags — the frameworks used in the improvised performances of Indian classical music — yet influenced by Jasdeep’s sparkling, contemporary flair that will charm purists and newcomers alike.

Jasdeep’s creations are an exercise in collaboration: culturally, sonically, and emotionally. His extraordinary artistry and innovative approach to composition mixes a new vision into both Indian classical and contemporary Western music.

Real World Records
The title track opens the album by placing the listener in the middle of the studio floor, with sitar, esraj, tabla and swarmandal all around, plus an undertow of cello.

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And finally …

If that doesn’t make sense to you, listen to this song by Roy Orbison:

Introducing our new year 7 ambassadors

Congratulations to the following year 7 students who have been selected to be our very first music ambassadors. They were chosen due to their fab commitment and enthusiasm in the music department, and their role is to promote music at Hayes and share our love of all things musical!

Bibi, Alice, James, Lilian, Iona, Elinor and Charlie.


Jazz Band

Many thanks to Jazz Band for giving up their free time to play at the Hayes May Queen event on Saturday. You sounded great.

Thank you 🙂

Classic FM’s revision hour

Find out more here.


Something else you might like to try:

Hosted by singer-songwriter NAO, The Music & Meditation Podcast is an eight-part series designed to help you find stillness and meet the challenges of daily life. Inspired by NAO’s own journey, the podcast addresses themes relating to mental health and wellbeing.

Each episode sees a different meditation expert addressing themes ranging from FOMO to body positivity, loneliness to trusting your instincts. It’s all soundtracked with original music from some of the UK’s most talented young composers, exclusively recorded by the BBC Concert Orchestra and BBC Singers.


No. 3 – Will – Year 8

Jacob Collier

I have chosen to talk about Jacob Collier as I think that he is an amazing musician and a musical genius. Jacob comes from London and he is famous for his jazz reharmonisation, close harmonies and energetic live shows. He has a very musical family as his mum and siblings all play instruments. In 2016, he released his first album, “Djesse”, with 50 songs on it. He also went on a world tour between 2015-2017 finishing in Greece.

Jacob has had huge YouTube success after his multi-track recordings went viral in just a few days:

He continued to put out covers of popular songs on YouTube and his popularity grew. The BBC recently made a documentary about him and his music:


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


Interested in jazz music and want to learn more?

This website has some great resources to explore. Click on the images below:



And finally …

Les Misérables trip reviews


Bibi – Year 7

As many of you will know, Bibi is a HUGE fan of musicals. Here are her top 5 favourites and why she likes them:

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Thank you to Bibi for being this week’s guest contributor. Next week’s spot is up for grabs. Please let me know if you would like to take it on.


Immerse yourself in a 360° view of the BBC Symphony Orchestra performing ‘The Firebird Suite’ by Igor Stravinsky, recorded at Maida Vale Studios, London. Use your mouse to scroll round and see the different sections of the orchestra.


Here are this term’s pieces:

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


Don’t forget that applications to take part in the NYO Inspire courses are FREE and OPEN ALL YEAR ROUND. NYO Inspire is the National Youth Orchestra of Great Britain’s game-changing inclusion and access programme, which provides free orchestral opportunities for teenage musicians playing at Grade 6 standard. At the heart of the programme is the power of peer inspiration and learning; NYO believes teenagers can gain so much from open exchange with fellow teenage musicians.

Find out more and apply here.

If you want to power up your ensemble playing, expand your horizons and have a great time with musicians from across the country, then NYO Inspire is your next step. Here are Erin and Emma at the most recent NYO Inspire course:


Heardle is a new version of Wordle for music fans.

Videogame Heardle is another Wordle clone that tests your video game soundtrack knowledge.


Spotlight on … Jess Gillam

Hailing from Ulverston in Cumbria, Jess Gillam is animating the music world with her outstanding talent and infectious personality. She has been forging her own adventurous path since she shot to fame becoming the first saxophonist to reach the finals of BBC Young Musician and the youngest ever soloist to perform at the Last Night of the Proms. Passionate about inspiring and bringing joy to people through music, Jess invites audiences on journeys of musical discovery through her electrifying performances and eclectic programming.

As well as performing around the world, Jess is a presenter on TV and Radio. She became the youngest ever presenter for BBC Radio 3 with the launch of her own weekly show, This Classical Life

Jess features from 2:09

BYMT opportunities


And finally …

Here’s one for our music techies

Introducing …

Would you like to be a guest contributor on the Hayes Music Blog?

I would really like to have a student-led section in the blog each week that provides an opportunity for you to share your own ideas about all things musical. If you are keen to help me share the music love, please pop into CGG for a chat on Wednesdays, Thursdays or Fridays, or contact me via email. All welcome 🙂

Mrs Foster


First up is …
Emma – French Horn – Year 9

Update from Emma’s most recent NYO Inspire course:

From the 18th to the 24th of April, I took part in a NYO Inspire course that took place in Canterbury. On this course, we played one vocal and body percussion piece, and then split into two groups, with one group doing a creative project and the other taking part in a modern orchestral piece. We were preparing for a performance in Coventry Cathedral as part of the New Music Biennial this year.

The Vocal and Body Percussion piece was called Hands Free, composed by Anna Meredith, choreographed by David Ogle. This piece has been performed at the BBC Proms in 2012 by the NYO and also performed in other countries around the world. The piece consist of 3 movements: movement one is a body percussion piece which starts off with a simple pulse and then we split into 6 groups (which are used in movements 2 and 3 as well) and perform a body percussion rhythm / routine. Movement two is a vocal movement where we hum a C minor scale with  people holding different notes in the scale and then ending with 2 groups singing a melody, which leads on to movement 3. Movement three is beatboxing and body percussion movement. This is the longest movement which included individual body percussion moments and many times of going into canon (where we perform a section at different times to others, in this case, other groups). The 3rd movement also consists of more complicated techniques such as phases and metric modulation.

The orchestral piece was called Mighty River, composed by Erollyn Wallen, is a piece that was commissioned for the 200th year of the abolition of Slavery Act (2007) and is dedicated to her great-great-great-great-great-great grandmother, for her bravery and determination ‘in the face of dreadful odds’. The piece starts with a lovely horn solo of the famous song, Amazing Grace, a very common spiritual that was sung by the enslaved people to keep their spirits high in the terrible conditions they were faced with. The tempo then increases slightly, with the violins keeping a consistent tempo through the use of quavers. “Amazing Grace’ is played throughout the piece in various sections by the flute, oboe and first violins. The piece also feel like a river with very smooth chords and some melodic lines, and the use of the harp really feels calming, almost like waves of the ocean. There are some sharp interjections by the brass, and specifically the use of augmented 4ths in the horn section. The piece then ends with another horn solo of ‘Amazing Grace’, but it is more free than the first time it is played, and is accompanied by percussion, specifically African drums, and then finishes with a lovely consonant chord, which gradually disappears and fades away into nothingness.

The creative piece was not based around instruments, and the ‘instruments’ used were made with rubbish from people’s homes. Although, the piece included some improvised horn solos, cello solos, flute solos and clarinet solos with a steady percussive beat throughout, and it was great fun to listen to, but was sadly not performed in Coventry Cathedral.

The music course was great fun, and it was fantastic opportunity to play new contemporary music, and see different styles of music such as hands free instead just orchestral playing. It was also a great opportunity to meet new people and make music with even more talented young musicians from all over the country. The performance in Coventry Cathedral was also such an amazing venue to play in: the whole course was just absolutely fantastic.

Emma, French Horn, year 9

NYO Inspire is the National Youth Orchestra of Great Britain’s game-changing inclusion and access programme, which provides free orchestral opportunities for teenage musicians playing at Grade 6 standard. 

Click here to find out moreS

Speak to Emma (year 9), Erin (year 9) and Brooke (year 11) for first-hand experiences!


Les Mis – 28th April – What a fab trip!

Trip reviews to follow – watch this space.


Here’s the piece we started to learn this week:

Listen to this at home and try playing your part along to it.

Here’s the song we started to learn this week:

Recording Matchmaker for the Broadway production cast album back in 2016

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Musical Theatre News

Musical Con is the West End’s first ever Musical Theatre fan convention. Brand new for 2022, the entire musical theatre community is coming together under one roof for the first time for a weekend-long celebration of all things musical.

Find out more here.


Spotlight on … Lin-Manuel Miranda


Helpful advice:


And finally …

All systems go!

All music clubs start next week (week beginning Monday 25th April). We need a great turnout at rehearsals this term so that we can put on the most amazing Summer Concert on Thursday 7th July so …

It would be fab to see lots more at choir and HUB.

Please put the summer concert date (Thursday 7th July at 6.30pm) into your diaries/family calendars NOW so that we can have everyone taking part.


ET trip – thank you to those of you who wrote a review.

Look out for them in the next school newsletter (and spot them in one of the music corridor displays too).


Emma in year 9 has recently been on an NYO Inspire course:

In February, I was invited to go to Coventry on a course called NYO Inspire. NYO Inspire is a great opportunity for young musicians from grades 6-8, and allows teenagers from underrepresented backgrounds to make music with many other talented musicians across the country. The course included many creative opportunities like making your own music making your own music with different types of instruments, and of course the one main aspect of the course: making music with other talented musicians. I was also introduced to many NYO musicians, who were so inspiring and gave all of the Inspire musicians’ fantastic guidance throughout. NYO Inspire was such a fantastic experience to be part of and it is such an amazing community of young musicians from around the country.

Emma, French Horn, year 9

NYO Inspire is the National Youth Orchestra of Great Britain’s game-changing inclusion and access programme, which provides free orchestral opportunities for teenage musicians playing at Grade 6 standard. Click here to find out more and speak to Emma (yr 9) and Brooke (yr 11) for first-hand experiences!


Practise following a musical score:

If you’re interested in learning more about how to follow a score then have a look at this fab FREE course from I Can Compose :

Click here to find out more

Biggin Hill Concert Band are recruiting new members and are looking for a drummer, brass players and clarinetists.

The Biggin Hill Concert Band is a wind band aiming to provide a fun environment for local musicians to perform and improve. The band rehearses at The Warren Metropolitan Police Sports Club, Croydon Road,  Hayes under the direction of their Musical Director Andee Burkett. Rehearsals are 8-9.30pm on Monday evenings.

Formed in September 2012, the band now features 40+ members and aims to perform 4-5 concerts a year. 

They are particularly looking for Tuba, Trumpet, Trombone, Clarinet and Percussion players to join the band.

Please click here if you are interested.


https://www.stjohnsshirley.org.uk/trinity-boys-choir-nine-cirrus-voices/

Interested in taking part? Find out more here.


Registration is now open for summer term AYM (Aspiring Young Musicians) courses  The AYM Courses include Ableton Music Production, MC/Spoken Word and Keyboards for Songwriting (Aged 11-16s) and Cre8tiv® courses include Logic Pro Music Production and Keyboard Skills for Songwriting (aged 16+).

All courses are held at The Midi Music Company, 77 Watson’s Street, Deptford, London SE8 4AU.

Find out more here.


Keen to have singing lessons? Here’s a FREE opportunity:


And finally …

All rehearsals start the week beginning 25th April

We need a great turnout at rehearsals this term so that we can put on the most amazing Summer Concert on Thursday 7th July so …

It would be fab to see lots more at choir and HUB.

Please put the summer concert date (Thursday 7th July) into your diaries/family calendars NOW so that we can have everyone taking part.


Watch the London Philharmonic Orchestra in rehearsal for a performance of Howard Shore’s Lord of the Rings Symphony and Danny Elfman’s Percussion Concerto.

BYMT news


Music department trips

Les Mis
Thursday 28th April, 7.30pm, Sondheim Theatre, London

We will be having a short meeting at the start of lunch on Thursday 21st April in CGG to go through the final arrangements and reminders. All students going on the Les Mis trip must attend this meeting. Please contact me if there’s a reason why you cannot attend.


Click here to find out what musical things happened on today’s date since the 1960s.


And finally …

We couldn’t agree more 🙂

Congratulations on another fab concert

Well done to all involved in our first end-of-term concert with a live audience since 2019! We are really looking forward to a summer term full of music-making.

Click here to watch the video
Wind Band
Jamsesh #1
Jamsesh #2
Musical Theatre
Staff Choir

Did you earn your music colours at the concert?

If so, congratulations and here’s where you need to sew them on:


ET trip

Thank you to those of you who joined us on this trip. We were really proud of how well you all behaved and we hope you enjoyed the film and music as much as we did. We hope to do more trips like this in the future.


Really interesting film to watch over the Easter holidays:

L to R: George Harrison, Paul McCartney, Ringo Starr and John Lennon c.1964. The Beatles are the best-selling music act of all time, with estimated sales of 600 million units worldwide.

The Beatles recorded together for a little over seven years. Between October 1962 and May 1970, they released thirteen albums and a number of tracks issued on standalone singles. The catalogue created in that short period has sold more than that of any other group in history and its commercial success continues – the world’s best selling album during the first decade of the 21st century was a collection of The Beatles’ chart-topping singles called 1. But the group’s significance stems not just from huge sales figures. Their music has inspired generation upon generation of musicians, songwriters and producers. 

Spotify: https://open.spotify.com/artist/3WrFJ7ztbogyGnTHbHJFl2

Emma in year 9 has recently been on an NYO Inspire course and really enjoyed it:

In February, I was invited to go to Coventry on a course called NYO Inspire. NYO Inspire is a great opportunity for young musicians from grades 6-8, and allows teenagers from underrepresented backgrounds to make music with many other talented musicians across the country. The course included many creative opportunities like making your own music making your own music with different types of instruments, and of course the one main aspect of the course: making music with other talented musicians. I was also introduced to many NYO musicians, who were so inspiring and gave all of the Inspire musicians’ fantastic guidance throughout. NYO Inspire was such a fantastic experience to be part of and it is such an amazing community of young musicians from around the country.

Emma, French Horn, year 9
NYO Inspire is the National Youth Orchestra of Great Britain’s game-changing inclusion and access programme, which provides free orchestral opportunities for teenage musicians playing at Grade 6 standard. Click here to find out more.

Click here to find out more

Spotlight on … Yoko Shimomura

Yoko Shimomura (下村 陽子, Shimomura Yōko, born 1967) is a Japanese composer and pianist primarily known for her work in video games. She is responsible for over 45 scores in the genre, and best known for her work on the Kingdom Hearts franchise.

Click here to find out more


Do you have a relative or family friend still suffering from breathlessness more than 8 weeks after Covid-19?

ENO (English National Opera) Breathe has been specifically developed for people recovering from COVID-19, who are still suffering from breathlessness and its associated anxiety.

The programme is inclusive and open to all ethnicities, levels of spoken English, religious backgrounds and identities.

No prior experience or interest in singing is required to take part.

Participants need to be available for the six sessions and aged 18 or over.

There is no cost to take part in the programme. Click here to find out more.


Fab opportunity for oboists and bassoonists:

And finally …

Are you ready for next Wednesday’s Easter Concert?

Here is the rehearsal schedule for p1-5 on Wednesday 30th. Techies – please note that you’re needed to help set up after school on Monday.  Everything is in the Hall unless stated otherwise. Weekly rehearsals will continue as usual next Monday and Tuesday.

On concert day…

  • You must ONLY be in rehearsals when you are scheduled. Absence from lessons will be on SIMS according to this schedule – so if you skip any other lessons because you are ‘rehearsing’, it will go down as truancy
  • The concert starts at 6.30pm. You need to be there in time to be ready. Use CGD to park instrument cases etc.
  • You need to wear all black outfits.
  • When you are not actually performing, you need to be in the hall being a lovely supportive, appreciative audience member for everyone else. This involves being quiet!
  • The concert should be finished by 9pm. If you are a good musician and good member of our music community, you will stick around at the end to help clear away.
  • Tickets are £5 for adults on the door. Senior citizens and under-18s are FREE!

Please continue to practise your parts carefully and use the following links to help you:

Choir: Click here to hear this term’s songs and practise your part.

Concert band: 

Click here for West Side Story

Click here for Pirates of the Caribbean.

Click here for Big Fun in the Sun.

HUB (Hayes Ukulele Band): PLEASE SEE THE RESOURCES ON SATCHEL ONE.

Musical Theatre: PLEASE SEE THE RESOURCES MISS W HAS BEEN PUTTING ON SATCHEL ONE FOR YOU.

Click here for One Day More. Lyrics here.

Click here for My Shot. Lyrics here.


Reminder: The ET trip is next Thursday

ET film screening with live orchestra:
Thursday 31st March, 7.30pm, Royal Festival Hall, London. Please check your Satchel One for final arrangements.


Musical Theatre choreography workshop

Huge thanks to Larissa for teaching us again

Thank you to all the students who took part. Keep practising the songs and moves so you are ready for next week’s concert. Please see Satchel One for the resources to help you learn the two songs.


Oscars: How Encanto composer Germaine Franco is smashing the glass ceiling

Click here to read the article.


This is a piece of music from what is widely acknowledged as one of the finest jazz records ever produced. Enjoy 🙂


Typatone

Typatone is a free online tool that converts text to tones. 

Here’s what Hayes Music sounds like on Typatone:

Heardle: The new version of Wordle – but for music fans


Under 18s free

And finally ….

Easter Concert – only 1.5 weeks away!

All our extra-curricular groups are performing at this event so please practise your parts carefully and use the following links to help you.

Choir: Click here to hear this term’s songs and practise your part.

Concert band: 

Click here for West Side Story

Click here for Pirates of the Caribbean.

Click here for Big Fun in the Sun.

HUB (Hayes Ukulele Band): PLEASE SEE THE RESOURCES ON SATCHEL ONE.

Musical Theatre: PLEASE SEE THE RESOURCES MISS W HAS BEEN PUTTING ON SATCHEL ONE FOR YOU.

Click here for One Day More. Lyrics here.

Click here for My Shot. Lyrics here.

Music colours will be awarded during the Easter Concert


BYMT news

Well done to all of you who took part in the BYMT Festival of Wind last weekend – you were fab. It was great to see so many of you across the different bands.

Good luck to those of you performing in the Festival of Strings and Festival of Choirs this weekend.


Music department trips
ET film screening with live orchestra:
Thursday 31st March, 7.30pm, Royal Festival Hall, London
Musical Theatre trip to see Les Mis:
Thursday 28th April, 7.30pm, Sondheim Theatre, London

ET trip meeting

We will be having a short meeting on Thursday 24th March 3.05-3.20pm in CGG to go through the final arrangements and reminders. All students going on the ET trip must attend this meeting. Please contact me if there’s a reason why you cannot attend.


The award-winning LSO Play is a free interactive and immersive web app, allowing you to experience the LSO on stage at the Barbican – anytime, anywhere. Choose from six performances, all filmed in HD during the LSO’s Barbican season.

How to find the resources
Go to LSO Play and click the menu button in the top left-hand corner of each performance. 


Something else to try: Chrome Music Lab

Chrome Music Lab is an fab project from Google that will get your creative juices flowing and your inner composer composing.

Find out more about it here.


Another free online masterclass for percussionists

Click here to find out more.


This video from Vox is well worth a watch


And finally …

Congratulations! Another fab MusicFest!

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 and everyone else who helped on the night and behind the scenes.

Next up is our Easter Concert on Wednesday 30th March, 6.30pm, School Hall.

All our extra-curricular groups are performing in this.

Please make sure that you try to attend all rehearsals this term and remember to let the organiser know if you are going to be absent.

Choir: Click here to hear this term’s songs and practise your part.

Concert band: click here for West Side Story and here for Pirates of the Caribbean.

Click here for Big Fun in the Sun.

HUB (Hayes Ukulele Band): please see Satchel One for lyrics and chords.

Musical Theatre: PLEASE SEE THE RESOURCES MISS W HAS BEEN PUTTING ON SATCHEL ONE FOR YOU.

Click here for One Day More. Lyrics here.

Click here for My Shot. Lyrics here.

MUSICAL THEATRE GROUP

CHOREOGRAPHY SESSION – SAVE THE DATE

Our next choreography session with Larissa will be held in CGD after school on Friday 18th March 3-5 pm. We need as many of you there as possible so that you are all ready to perform in the Easter concert on Wednesday 30th March, 6.30pm, School Hall.

Music department trips

ET film screening with live orchestra:

Thursday 31st March, 7.30pm, Royal Festival Hall, London

Musical Theatre trip to see Les Mis:

Thursday 28th April, 7.30pm, Sondheim Theatre, London


Musical theatre opportunity this Easter



Find out … why we are all addicted to bass


This is Google’s first-ever AI-powered interactive Doodle. The Doodle celebrates world-renowned German composer and musician, Johann Sebastian Bach. It is an interactive experience encouraging players to compose a two-bar melody of their choice. With the press of a button, the Doodle then uses machine learning to harmonize the custom melody into Bach’s signature music style (or a Bach 80’s rock style hybrid if you happen to find a very special easter egg in the Doodle…).


And finally …