Spring Term Events

Concerts at school this term

Please make sure you attend all rehearsals this term and remember to let the organiser know if you are unable to attend.

Choir & Musical Theatre singers: click here to hear this term’s songs and practise your part.

Musical Theatre: click here for One Day More

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

HUB (Hayes Ukulele Band): click here for I’m Yours


MUSIC DEPARTMENT TRIP – SAVE THE DATE!

We are in the process of arranging a trip to take students up to London on the train to hear John Williams’ Academy Award-winning score performed live by the 80+ players of the Philharmonia, as we watch the film on the Royal Festival Hall’s huge screen. It will be a fab concert!

Philharmonia at the Movies: E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial

Filled with unparalleled magic and imagination, ET The Extra-Terrestrial tells the moving story of a lost little alien who befriends a 10-year-old boy named Elliott.

Experience all the mystery and fun of their unforgettable adventure in the beloved movie that has captivated audiences around the world since it was first released in 1982.

Enjoy John Williams’ Academy Award-winning score performed live by the 80+ players of the Philharmonia, as you watch the film on the Royal Festival Hall’s huge screen.

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 Monday 24th January.

Please let us know if your parent/guardian did not receive this email.


Practise sight-reading rhythms with the LPO


Electronic music fans

Find out about the history of electronic music and play a synth at home using AR by clicking here.





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The LPO Soundworks Studio is an online space to inspire young people to create and share their own music. Hear from top industry professionals across a range of disciplines, explore resources and find out how you can get involved in LPO Soundworks projects.


And finally …

All systems go!

Concerts at school this term:

Please make a note of the change of date for the Easter Concert. It will now be held on Wednesday 30th March instead of Thursday 31st March.


Concert Band

Here’s another band playing the same arrangement of West Side Story that we will be performing in the Easter Concert. Use this to help you practise your part at home:



Musical Theatre

Here’s the Hayes School assembly flash mob from 2014 that we were telling you about!


HUB

Hayes Ukulele Band is back! Come along to CGG every Friday lunch to strum, sing and have fun. Bring your lunch and your friends 🙂

Here’s a clip of the original HUB from way back in 2012!


Local opportunities for song writers


Reading recommendations

Classical music for everyone – an inspirational piece of music for every day of the year, celebrating composers from the medieval era to the present day, written by award-winning violinist and BBC Radio 3 presenter Clemency Burton-Hill.

Clemency chooses one piece of music for each day of the year, with a short explanation about the composer to put it into context, and brings the music alive in a modern and playful way, while also extolling the positive mindfulness element of giving yourself some time every day to listen to something uplifting or beautiful. Thoughtfully curated and expertly researched, this is a book of classical music to keep you company: whoever you are, wherever you’re from. Playlists are available on most streaming music platforms including Apple Music and Spotify.

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Clemency Burton-Hill is an English broadcaster, author, novelist, journalist and violinist. She  suffered a major brain haemorrhage at the start of 2020 and music played a key role in her recovery. You can read more about her here, and listen to her chat about her music-filled recovery here (from 26 mins).


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


And finally …

Happy New Year to you all 🎉

We hope you all had a good break.

Here is this term’s UPDATED rehearsal schedule:

All rehearsals start in the week beginning 10th January


Concerts at school this term:

It won’t be long before the next MusicFest is upon us so start planning and practising now!

BYMT news – there are lots of opportunities to get involved with this term

Click here to find out more.

The Music Hub @ BYMT

The Music Hub is a social enterprise musical instrument and supplies business based at BYMT. The Music Hub sells anything and everything that’s music-related. They also consider part exchange and have a range of pre-loved instruments for sale.

Please click here to find out more.



Sheku Kanneh-Mason is a British cellist who won the BBC Young Musician award in 2016. He was the first Black musician to win the competition since its launch in 1978.

Here’s Sheku playing an arrangement of Leonard Cohen’s Hallelujah.


Music preview 2022


And finally …

Happy New Year!

What are the lyrics and meaning of Auld Lang Syne?

Happy New Year! How about a biopic for Auld Lang Syne's writer Robert  Burns? – FlixChatter Film Blog

Click here to find out.


Concerts at school this term:

It won’t be long before the next MusicFest is upon us so start planning and practising now!


BYMT news – there are lots of opportunities to get involved with this term

For those of you not already in a BYMT ensemble, take a look at this:

Click here to apply 
These are all the opportunities available at BTMT

For those of you in years 7 and 8:

BYMT ‘Bitesize’ on Friday 7 January 2022. Choose an instrument & come along and try it! Booking essential – click here

BYMT Musical Theatre are looking for performers for our forthcoming full-scale musical productions of BUGSY MALONE and THE SOUND OF MUSIC.

We are looking for singers, dancers and actors and the information for both productions are as follows:

THE SOUND OF MUSIC


Audition Date: Wednesday 12th January
Time: 5:30 pm – 6:30 pm – The Von Trapp Children auditions (ages 8 – 15. For unbroken voices).
Time: 8:15 pm – 9:00 pm – Adult roles in the show (ages 16 – 21).

Please prepare the song ‘The Sound of Music’. We will need to hear solo singing and see some scene work. Audition scenes will be provided on the day.

Rehearsals: On Sunday afternoons in February and March for the Von Trapp Children and the adult roles plus Tuesday evenings for the adult roles only between 7:45 pm – 9:15pm.

Show Week and Performances: Monday 21st March – Saturday 26th March 2022.

BUGSY MALONE

Audition Date: Wednesday 12th January
Time: 6:45 pm – 7:15 pm – For ages 8 – 11.
Time: 7:15 pm – 8:00 pm – For ages 12 – 15.

You do not need to prepare or bring anything as we will teach all the audition material on the day.

Rehearsals: On Sunday afternoons in March and April as well as every Tuesday during term time at the following times:
4:30 pm – 5:45 pm – Ages 8 – 11
6:00 pm – 7:30 pm – Ages 12 – 15

Show Week and Performances: Friday 29th April – Monday 2nd May 2022.

If you want to sign up for an audition, please use the following link:  https://forms.office.com/r/6EwUiCrfi1
There you will find a very simple form that you will need to fill in. Once you have filled in the age of the student, the appropriate options available to them will appear for you to tick.

If you have any questions, then please do not hesitate to get in touch by emailing: max.reynolds@live.co.uk

Good luck to Emily from all of us here at Hayes.



Listen to this:

This is Väsen and Chris Thile performing “Flippen” in 2013. Väsen are a Swedish folk music band founded in 1989, consisting of Olov Johansson (nyckelharpa) and Mikael Marin (viola). Chris Thile is an American mandolinist, singer, songwriter, composer, and radio personality.

nyckelharpa (“keyed fiddle”, or literally “key harp”) is a traditional Swedish musical instrument. It is a string instrument or chordophone. Its keys are attached to tangents which, when a key is depressed, serve as frets to change the pitch of the string.


And finally…

Merry Christmas Everyone!

Well done and thank you to everyone involved in the concert on Wednesday. You were fantastic and there were lots of positive comments about your performances from those who watched. Click here to watch the video.

BYMT news

BYMT Musical Theatre are looking for performers for our forthcoming full-scale musical productions of BUGSY MALONE and THE SOUND OF MUSIC.

We are looking for singers, dancers and actors and the information for both productions are as follows:

THE SOUND OF MUSIC
Audition Date: Wednesday 12th January
Time: 5:30 pm – 6:30 pm – The Von Trapp Children auditions (ages 8 – 15. For unbroken voices).
Time: 8:15 pm – 9:00 pm – Adult roles in the show (ages 16 – 21).

Please prepare the song ‘The Sound of Music’. We will need to hear solo singing and see some scene work. Audition scenes will be provided on the day.

Rehearsals: On Sunday afternoons in February and March for the Von Trapp Children and the adult roles plus Tuesday evenings for the adult roles only between 7:45 pm – 9:15pm.

Show Week and Performances: Monday 21st March – Saturday 26th March 2022.

BUGSY MALONE

Audition Date: Wednesday 12th January
Time: 6:45 pm – 7:15 pm – For ages 8 – 11.
Time: 7:15 pm – 8:00 pm – For ages 12 – 15.

You do not need to prepare or bring anything as we will teach all the audition material on the day.

Rehearsals: On Sunday afternoons in March and April as well as every Tuesday during term time at the following times:
4:30 pm – 5:45 pm – Ages 8 – 11
6:00 pm – 7:30 pm – Ages 12 – 15

Show Week and Performances: Friday 29th April – Monday 2nd May 2022.

If you want to sign up for an audition, please use the following link:  https://forms.office.com/r/6EwUiCrfi1
There you will find a very simple form that you will need to fill in. Once you have filled in the age of the student, the appropriate options available to them will appear for you to tick.

If you have any questions, then please do not hesitate to get in touch by emailing: max.reynolds@live.co.uk



Spotlight on… Brooke

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Photograph courtesy of Laura Pannack
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Every Saturday I get up at 6.15, get dressed and then we drive up to London with the double bass, so that I can attend the Royal Academy of Music.  My day starts (9am) with choir, where we sing a range of choral music and practise sight reading.  From this, I head straight off to Chamber Music class where we explore and play a piece of music in great depth, looking at how it is constructed etc.  Next comes Alexander Technique, where I learn how to make the best use of my body in order to make the best sound possible when playing and how to keep my body healthy and injury free.  It is then a rush to get to orchestra, where I join lots of other musicians to work on orchestral repertoire.  A quick refuel at lunch is followed by conducting class which is always great fun.  We all take our instruments along and create a make-shift orchestra, while we each take turns to conduct.  It is hysterical when you wave your arms about and no-one starts to play, or when you wave them at random, ever changing speeds and the playing goes crazy – the tutor is surprisingly patient!  Next up is General Musicianship, a 45-minute class where we study music theory and look at complicated harmony and melody features in different types of music.  My brain always hurts after this class!  Immediately after this, I grab my bass and go to Bass Class, where all the double bassists get together and hone our performance and analysis skills. My day ends with a 1-1 double bass lesson with my teacher Josie.  I love all the classes but this is my favourite because I get to work on my technique and own repertoire. 

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Aside from the Royal Academy, I am excited to be a London Philharmonic Junior Artist for the year.  Being part of the LPO family is a real privilege and comes with lots of opportunities, for example, I have a double bass mentor (Laura) who plays for the LPO.  I also learn from professionals about the industry, get to carry out work experience with LPO and am invited to watch the LPO in concert a number of times (they are amazing live!).  You can find out more about it here. https://www.lpo.org.uk/education/edu-junior-artists.html

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Finally, I auditioned for the National Youth Orchestra and was successful in getting a place for the third year running.  The NYO is incredible and I count down the days between courses.  We stay in universities all over the country, sometimes for weeks on end, play incredible music all day, perform in some of the country’s top venues with some of the world’s best conductors. It’s just brilliant and I am lucky to be a part of it!  I also love the NYO Inspire activities, which are all about reaching out to, and working with, other young musicians from all over the United Kingdom so that everyone has the opportunity to make music.  NYO Inspire is all about getting as many young people involved in music as possible and if you want to find out more about it and perhaps apply look here https://www.nyo.org.uk/inspire


Listen to this fab arrangement of Sleigh Ride for trombones


Calling all drummers – free online masterclass this Sunday

Learn first-hand from Peter Erskine, the ten times ‘Best Jazz Drummer of the Year’. Explore his vast knowledge, gathered across a career featuring on over 700 album recordings, countless artist collaborations and 2 Grammy Awards. Click here to find out more and to sign up.


Something to try over Christmas for the jazzers among you

This is a fantastic opportunity. Once registered, you will have full access to a selection of resources specifically designed to help you practise, perform and improve from wherever you are. Click here to register and access all the resources.


Music + recycling project to do over Christmas!

I’ve already suggested a kalimba performance for next February’s Musicfest. Here’s another suggestion for you and your friends to try:

The History of Christmas Carols 

How much do you know about the carols we sing each year? Click here to find out more.


And finally …

Have a great, music-filled Christmas, and we look forward to making LOTS MORE MUSIC in 2022!

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Christmas Concert 2021

A Very Merry Christmas Concert - Mercury Theatre
Available to watch – finally!

You can now watch the Christmas Concert video at HayesCreates

A huge well done to all students involved today – for the months of rehearsal, for your brilliant performances, but also for your amazing attitude towards getting kit out, lugging stuff around, tidying it away afterwards, and sorting the tech – you are awesome!

We very much hope to be able to perform to live audiences again in 2022. In the meantime, here is our video from today. The sound quality is pretty naff – the sound on our backup iPad recordings was actually much better, but we haven’t had time to edit them all together in the best way. So it’s all a bit rough and ready, but it gives you some idea of how fabulous our lovely students have been today.

Thank you all. Have a great Christmas, and we’ll see you in 2022!

Next stop: Christmas!

As you are aware, we have taken the decision, in the light of the current situation regarding COVID, to move our Christmas Concert online. We will be rehearsing and filming during the day on Wednesday 15th December, and releasing the concert as a YouTube premiere event at 6.30pm the same day. Make sure you let all your family and friends know so they can watch it at home. Thank you for all your hard work in rehearsals this term. It’s going to be a fab concert 🙂

Here is the concert schedule for Wednesday 15th. Everything is in the Hall unless otherwise stated.

Please make sure you know when you need to be in the hall that day and remember that you will need to copy up any class work missed.

Choir and Musical Theatre singers: You need to be word perfect by next Wednesday.

Choir & Musical Theatre singers: Please click here and scroll down to hear this term’s songs and practise your part. The Musical Theatre choreography videos are also on this link so that you can be move perfect too.

Concert band: Have a listen to these recordings and even better, practise your part whilst playing along. If you have taken your music home, please remember to bring it back next Wednesday.


The chord that makes Christmas music sound so Christmassy!


BYMT news

For those of you not already in a BYMT ensemble, take a look at this:

For those of you in years 7 and 8:

BYMT ‘Bitesize’ on Friday 7 January 2022. Choose an instrument & come along and try it! Booking essential via https://buff.ly/3demoBN


Radio recommendations:

Christmas Sounds

Handpicked festive music for every Christmas occasion from BBC Sounds which is great if you are already fed up with the usual Christmas songs! Click here to choose from these playlists:

Radio 2 Celebrates Songwriting

Exploring the art and craft of the world’s songwriters, featuring John Legend on The Beatles’ influence, Adele at the BBC, the Queen Story, plus much more. Click here to listen.



And finally …

How about a heavy metal hurdy-gurdy performance at the next MusicFest in February?!

The hurdy-gurdy is a stringed instrument that dates back to Medieval times. Its sound is produced by a hand-cranked, rosined wheel that turns, rubbing against strings. Strings can then be depressed to change the pitch. The hurdy-gurdy also has other strings that act as drones to underpin the moving notes, in a style similar to bagpipes.

Polish hurdy-gurdyist Michalina Malisz has been discovering new repertoire for the instrument and loves blending the sound of the hurdy-gurdy with her favourite genres: metal, Celtic and cinematic music.

Next stop: Christmas!

Well done to the Hayes School contingent who took part in the BYMT concerts last weekend. It was great to see you perform in person with your BYMT ensembles again.

Whilst on the subject of BYMT …

For those of you not already in a BYMT ensemble, take a look at this:


Concerts coming up at school:

We have taken the decision, in the light of the current situation regarding COVID, to move our Christmas Concert online. We will be rehearsing and filming during the day on Wednesday 15th December, and releasing the concert as a YouTube premiere event at 6.30pm the same day.

Choir & Musical Theatre singers: Please click here to hear this term’s songs and practise your part. The Musical Theatre choreography videos are also on this link.


Spotlight on: Stephen Sondheim

Stephen Sondheim — West Side Story
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As many of you would have heard, Stephen Sondheim died last week aged 91. The American composer and lyricist was a leading light of musical theatre over the course of more than six decades.

He started his theatre career by writing the lyrics for West Side Story (1957) and Gypsy (1959) before becoming a composer and lyricist. Sondheim’s best-known works include A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum (1962), Company (1970), Follies (1971), A Little Night Music (1973), Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street (1979), Merrily We Roll Along (1981), Sunday in the Park with George (1984), and Into the Woods (1987).

Sunday in the Park with George (music and lyrics by Sondheim and book by James Lapine) follows painter Georges Seurat in the months leading up to the completion of his most famous painting, A Sunday Afternoon on the Island of La Grande Jatte:

Consumed by his need to “finish the hat,” Seurat alienates the French bourgeoisie, spurns his fellow artists, and neglects his lover Dot, not realising that his actions will reverberate over the next 100 years. The musical number Sunday, features at the end of Act I and II. George takes control of the subjects of his painting, who sing in harmony, transforming them into the final tableau of his finished painting.

The following clip is from Sondheim! The Birthday Concert, a concert celebrating Stephen’s 80th birthday. It was held in New York in 2010. Enjoy!

Whilst on the subject of Sondheim, his 1981 musical Merrily We Roll Along is soon to be performed at the Laban Theatre, Deptford.

The show tells the story of three friends, and how their lives and friendship change over twenty years; it focuses particularly on Franklin Shepard, a once-talented composer of musicals who, over those twenty years, abandons his friends and songwriting career to become a producer of Hollywood movies. Like the play on which it is based, the show’s story moves backwards in time. It begins in 1976 at the friends’ lowest moment and gradually moves back until 1957, at their youthful best.



And finally …

Next stop: Christmas!

Thank you …

Thank you to everyone who performed at the Hayes Christmas Lights event on Saturday. The local community always appreciates you being there. Well done to all involved.


Musical Theatre choreography workshop

Huge thanks to Larissa for teaching us

What a fab session! Thank you to all the students who took part. You can view the videos from the session here. Keep practising the songs and moves so you are ready for the Christmas Concert.

Music Tour update

Unfortunately, we will not be able to go on our proposed music tour next April as we have not received sufficient interest from students to make the tour financially viable. We know lots of you are disappointed and we are too. Thank you to those of you who had signed up. We have a couple of ideas to try and make up for the disappointment, so watch this space.

Concerts coming up:

Please note the change of date for the Christmas Concert.

Choir & Musical Theatre singers: Please click here to hear this term’s songs and practise your part.


Calling all singers, actors and dancers

Ages 8-16:

Ages 16-21:

Click here to find out more




Spotlight on: Felix Klieser, French horn

Felix Klieser is a German professional horn player who began playing the horn at age 3. He was born without arms, but that hasn’t stopped him from becoming a virtuoso on the French horn.  He plays the French horn by using his left foot to action the valves whilst the horn is held on a tripod. He is currently Artist in Residence with the Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra and will tour with the orchestra for the 2021/2022 season. He made his debut with the orchestra earlier this month in a performance of Mozart’s Horn Concerto No. 4, conducted by Kirill Karabits. Hear Felix talking here and watch a clip from his debut with the BSO below.


And finally …

Originally tweeted by Vaughan Fleischfresser (@VFleischfresser) on Nov 21, 2021.

Next stop: Christmas!

Well done to all students who took part in the Year 7 Concert on Monday evening. It was lovely to see the audience enjoying seeing and hearing you perform on the Hayes stage for the first time. Thank you also to Will in year 8 and the year 12s. Your help was very much appreciated.

Concerts coming up:

Please note the change of date for the Christmas Concert.

Please make sure you attend all rehearsals this term and remember to let the organiser know if you are unable to attend.

Choir & Musical Theatre singers: click here to hear this term’s songs and practise your part.

Musical theatre singers: Don’t forget the choreography session after school next Wednesday (24th) until 5pm.

Make sure you know the words to both songs off by heart by then!

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Fancy a trip up to London? Here are some free and ticketed events to consider:


Radio programme recommendation

Get to know a selection of music from the inside with a leading musician. Click here to listen


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How about asking for a Mbira (also known as a finger harp and kalimba) for Christmas, and then performing on it in February’s MusicFest? Try out this interactive musical Google doodle:

Earth, Wind & Fire are an innovative American band that have spanned the musical genres of R&B, soul, funk, jazz, disco, pop, dance, Latin, and Afro-pop. With sales of over 90 million records, they are one of the world’s best-selling bands of all time. The band is known for its kalimba sound, dynamic horn section, energetic and elaborate stage shows, and the contrast between Philip Bailey’s falsetto vocals and Maurice White’s baritone.