Easter concert… then TOUR!


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Here is the rehearsal schedule for Thursday 4th April. All of these rehearsals will be in the Hall. 

The concert starts at 6.30pm (also in the Hall). Here’s some essential info for you:

  • You need to wear all black. No big logos please, and no large amounts of flesh on show
  • All are welcome. Adults £5 on the door, under-18s and senior citizens FREE!
  • The PTA will be selling refreshments
  • The concert will finish at about 9pm
  • You can leave instrument cases etc. in CGD and CGF. Keep track of where you’ve put your stuff, and tidy up after yourself please
  • When you are not performing, be in the hall supporting the other performers and demonstrating your best audience etiquette


After Thursday…

There will be no rehearsals on Friday, but tour-goers will need to help with packing the coffin. If we are canny, we can start getting things together on Thursday (and get the coffin down from upstairs).

If you would like to join in with the fun and excitement about preparing for tour, please come to CGD on Friday – we’ll start getting organised at break, and finish packing at lunchtime.

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Remember the parents’ evening for tour is on Monday at 6pm in the Hall. Please bring your passport + EHIC card, together with your €25 damage deposit in an envelope (a letter went out about this via Parentmail earlier in the week). We will talk through the itinerary, and you will get your lovely Kermit-green tour t-shirts!

Check this out

In preparation for the top D at the end of Raise Your Voice, here is some truly spectacular singing! Yma Sumac was famous for her use of the whistle register. The high note she hits in this is F6 (so you can quit complaining about that top D!) – listen right to the end for the big finish!

We are Artsmark Platinum!


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We heard this week that we have been awarded Artsmark Platinum by Arts Council England. This is the culmination of a process which has taken more than two years. Thank you to everyone who has contributed to the arts at Hayes, and has made it the great asset to the school that it is. Platinum is the top Artsmark award. We are very proud of our achievement!

Easter Concert is coming up


The rehearsal schedule for the day of the concert will be in next week’s blog. We really need everyone at all rehearsals this week!

Music tour to Budapest

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Remember, the parents’ meeting for tour is on Monday 1st April at 6pm in the Hall. You will need to bring your passport and EHIC card to the meeting. One other thing we need to collect (and a letter will go out to parents early next week about this too) is €25 from each person which is the damage deposit required by our hotel. This is a deposit, so you’ll get it back (unless something in your room gets damaged!). We have often had to provide a cash deposit in the past, but never one this big, which is why we are asking you to give us the per-person amount to hand in when we arrive. We’re really sorry about this, but it’s one of those things we just have to deal with.

The healing power of music

You can watch the full episode on iPlayer here.

What a week!

Here is a reminder of the great times we had with Yale Glee Club this week. We worked with them on a performance of the Sing Up Day song, One Moment, One People by Beccy Owen, and also did some warmups and work on focus and projection. They performed a range of songs for our choir and the whole of Year 7, ranging from some beautiful Stanford motets to some traditional spirituals and Yale songs.

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Also, a huge well done to the cast and band for Little Shop. The band have come in in the last 2 weeks and have done such a professional job in playing a demanding score to a fabulous standard.

We now have less than 3 weeks until the Easter concert…. and TOUR!!

Africa… forever


Welcome to Yale Glee Club!

We look forward to welcoming our American visitors on Wednesday. Here’s what’s happening:

  • If you are in Choir, or in Year 7, we need your photography consent form back (especially if you’re in Choir).
  • Choir are doing their workshop period 2 on Wednesday. Come straight to the Hall. We’ll be working on One Moment, One People and probably doing some other stuff too! We’ll have a look at the song in our rehearsal on Monday to get to know it a bit better.
  • Year 7 are having a performance from the Glee Club period 3 on Wednesday. If you are in Year 7, you’ll be coming to the hall straight after break. If you’re in Year 7 AND in Choir, you win twice!

Little Shop of Horrors

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Have you got your tickets yet for the main school show? Don’t miss this brilliant production! We have an amazing team of actors, singers, and instrumentalists who have been working their socks off to bring you a fabulous show!

Tour parents evening

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Tour parents’ evening is confirmed for Monday 1st April at 6pm in the Hall – a letter has gone out via Parentmail. This time next month we’ll be there!!

Easter Concert

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Remember this is coming up on Thursday 4th April – make sure you’re at all rehearsals between now and then, so we can make it a fabulous one!

Music and science – wow


Busy times ahead!

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Visit from Yale Glee Club, 13th March

We are very excited to be welcoming Yale Glee Club on 13th March! Remember that we need your photography consent slips back (either on paper or via parent email). If you go to the Choirs page, you will be able to learn the song we will be doing together, One Moment, One People.

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Music tour to Budapest

First of all, congratulations to Harry, whose design will be adorning our tour t-shirts this year (which will be Kermit green). Although a shout out must go to Hannah and Ben Martin, whose design was almost identical to Harry’s (great minds think alike).

Secondly, we will be having a tour meeting for tourgoers and their parents in the last week of term. The provisional date for this is Monday 1st April at 6pm, but this will be confirmed and an email sent out. At the meeting we will go through our itinerary, talk logistics, and collect in your passports.

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Skiffle Band are looking for new recruits!

Guitarists, singers, or just interested people are required on Thursday lunchtimes to be in our skiffle band! Talk to Matthew Layson if you want to know more, or just turn up to CGF on Thursday lunch.

Still hoping for some creative Boomwhacker action in a MusicFest one day…

Well done on a terrific MusicFest!

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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, everyone who helped with setting up and selling tickets/refreshments, Harry for sorting the programme and Ben for doing the video.

Next half term we are super-busy again! We have the main school show Little Shop of Horrors, the Easter concert, and our tour to Budapest to look forward to! Year 11s and Year 13s are also really busy getting all their coursework to the peak of perfection…

Rehearsals for everything start on the first day back.

Something to listen to that will improve your life

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I know that sounds really drastic, but these podcasts are that good! Each one takes a song and breaks it down, explaining exactly why it works: melody, harmony and production. It will improve your understanding, your listening, and your songwriting… there is nothing not to love about these! Start with Dancing Queen. 


This is a button accordion (so, buttons on both sides rather than a piano-type keyboard for your right hand). The left-hand buttons do chords and bass notes. Bear in mind that you can’t see your left hand AT ALL when playing this. This guy’s technique and virtuosity is unbelievable. He is playing all the parts written for an entire orchestra plus a solo violin!

Congratulations to Mrs West and MusicFest!


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Clara Grace Mary West was born on Tuesday, weighing 6lbs 8oz. Everyone is doing really well. We send our bestest wishes to Mrs West and her husband, and to Clara’s brother Theo. Mrs West will bring Clara in to visit us soon!

MusicFest: what you need to know

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If you are a performer:

  • It starts at 6pm, and will finish around 8.30pm.
  • It’s in the Hall
  • You can wear whatever you like as long as you look nice
  • If you are using a backing track, please either give us a CD or send us a link asap
  • If MissW or MrsB are accompanying you, please arrange a rehearsal if you haven’t already
  • You will be emailed the draft programme early next week: you must let us know if you need anything to be changed

If you are a music leader, or would like to help out with the organisation of the event:

  • There is a rehearsal for the school play in the Hall on Wednesday until 5pm. Before then you can still get things organised and ready to move in at 5
  • Once we get to 5pm it will be ACTION STATIONS for getting everything sorted in the hall and with the refreshments
  • We will need people on the door and on the refreshments stall
  • We will also need some people at the front during the concert to move things around

If you are coming to be in the audience: 

  • It starts at 6pm
  • It’s £2 on the door
  • Be supportive of everyone’s performance
  • Be sensitive to the differing etiquette that goes with different types of performance. If it’s something entirely acoustic, you must be silent and still. If you have bought a can of drink, do not open it at a quiet moment. If it’s a band, and they’re playing loud music and inviting a bit of audience participation, this is a whole different thing: now it is appropriate to make some noise.

Do you need this?

Are you ready for our trip to the RFH?

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If you are coming on our trip on Tuesday, you have been sent an email with programme notes (information about the pieces) – make sure you check this out, together with the info in last week’s blog about concert etiquette.

We are meeting at Hayes Station at 6pm on Tuesday. Remember to bring your Oyster card – because free train travel for schools is not possible in the evening, you either need to use your Oyster or buy yourself a return ticket to Waterloo East.

MusicFest – last call for entries

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If you want to perform, make sure your entries are in by Wednesday, so we have a week to get the programme organised. Use this form to do your entry.

How much of a music geek are you?

Music geek quiz

Try this quiz – it makes out it’s really hard – but it isn’t really!!


Have you put in your MusicFest entry yet?

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MusicFest is always a brilliant opportunity to perform your own choice of music to a friendly and supportive crowd. All students in all year groups are welcome to perform, solo or in groups, and in any style. If you would like to perform, please fill in this online form.

Music tour to Budapest


Remember, we want your t-shirt designs!

Here’s what we need:

  • A bold design in one colour only that will look good from a distance
  • It must include the text Hayes School Music Tour Budapest 2019
  • You might include something relevant to Hungary or Budapest in your design (last time we went to Budapest, in 2012, the design included a Rubik’s cube)
  • It can be done by hand or created on a computer. If done by hand, it will need to be in ink, not pencil

Please get your entries in by February 8th. 

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A letter to parents will go out next week to firm up the final details regarding travel arrangements etc.

In the meantime, here are some videos that will help you get the most out of our trip!

Firstly, if you’ve never been to an orchestral concert before, here is a quick guide to concert etiquette:

One of the pieces we will hear is Scheherezade. This beautiful piece tells a story, and you will enjoy it more if you know what the story is, and how the music fits with it. This very entertaining video explains it all.

MusicFest is coming!

Christmas concert video

Now you can relive the Christmas concert in all its glory… HUGE thanks to Ben Fr for shooting and editing the video!

Music Fest Wednesday 13th February


MusicFest is open to students in all year groups. Solos, duets, small groups, ANY style, whatever you like! If you would like to perform in MusicFest, please sign up using this online form.

Could you design our tour t-shirt?


We need to order our t-shirts for this year’s music tour to Budapest. Here’s what we need:

  • A bold design in one colour only that will look good from a distance
  • It must include the text Hayes School Music Tour Budapest 2019
  • You might include something relevant to Hungary or Budapest in your design (last time we went to Budapest, in 2012, the design included a Rubik’s cube)
  • It can be done by hand or created on a computer. If done by hand, it will need to be in ink, not pencil

Please get your entries in by February 8th.