Music Department Newsletter – December 2008

Congratulations to all who have passed individual singing and instrumental exams, including Alexandra Richards who passed Grade 8 Bassoon with a high merit. She has also successfully auditioned for a place in the National Children's Wind Orchestra. Katie Macdonald is currently a member of the Under 12 National Children's Orchestra and has now been given a place in the Under 13 Orchestra. Several of our girls have recently won places in the Wiltshire Youth Orchestra, which has a very considerable SWGS contingent. Very well done to all of you! We were all thrilled to hear of the safe arrival of Mr. and Mrs. Hind's son, Oscar. Mr. Hind is well known to many of our girls through his trumpet teaching here and both Mr. and Mrs. Hind very kindly took many of our girls to Xanthen last July.

Leaving Staff
Mr. Perry, our Drum Teacher, will be leaving at the end of this term. His excellent teaching has been much appreciated by all his pupils. We look forward to Mr. Williams joining us in January in his place. Miss Given left us recently, having taught Mrs. Flower's pupils during Mrs. Flower's maternity leave. We are very grateful to Miss Given for her enthusiastic contribution and welcome Mrs. Flower back following the birth of her daughter, Georgia.

A Cappella Evensong
A Cappella sang Evensong in Salisbury Cathedral on 20th October, which proved to be a very beautiful and memorable service. We remain, as ever, very grateful to the men who join us to sing, enabling us to experience the wonderful repertoire for mixed voices, and to Chris Fay, Head of Music at BWS, for playing the organ for us.

Visit to Exeter House
Year 10 GCSE Music students visited Exeter House in October and had a very worthwhile time working with the pupils there and sharing their ideas.

School Concert
The school concert on 18th November was an extremely happy occasion, brimming with talent and enthusiasm. The Training Orchestra played Bohemian Rhapsody with great flair, Senior Orchestra rose brilliantly to the challenges of Dance of the Tumblers and Voltava, Chamber Orchestra was excellent and Wind Band's playing of Hairspray's dance rhythms was infectious. The Hart and Woric String Quartets gave a very impressive performance of The Arrival of the Queen of Sheba and the Saxophone and Guitar Groups made a very effective contrast. It was very exciting to hear Rose Adams' original composition. Junior Choir was very moving in its rendition of Hallelujah from Shrek and Tragedy and Senior Choir sang a mixture of songs beautifully. It was delightful to be given such a warm response to Senior Choir's Mama Mia Medley and to be joined so enthusiastically by the audience in our encore. Most rewarding of all was to see such a huge number of girls taking part in the evening, so obviously enjoying making music and being supported by a packed audience.

School Carol Service We are now looking forward to our cathedral carol service, in which we are delighted that 215 members of our choirs will sing.

Concert at St. Martin's Church - 24th January, 2009
A Cappella are rehearsing hard for their concert on 24th January at St. Martin's Church. The programme will include Bach's Magnificat, Lauridsen's Lux Aeterna and Hassler motets. A Cappella will be accompanied by an adult invited orchestra. Chamber Orchestra and Flute Band are also preparing pieces. This promises to be a really lovely evening and we would be grateful for support from girls, parents and friends. Tickets (£6 and £4 for concessions) are available from Mrs. Wood in the Library or on the door.

Chamber Orchestra Performance at Woodlands Primary School
Woodlands Primary School has a special string project in which all of years 3, 4 and 5 play the violin. Our chamber orchestra, under the direction of Mr. Parsons, will visit the school so that the children can experience the excitement of a ‘live' orchestra. Their contribution is much appreciated.

Hart and Woric Quartets
The Hart and Woric String Quartets have enjoyed performing recently at the Friends of South Wilts Ball, the Mayor's Ball and the Chamber of Commerce Awards Evening. Their playing was very well received at all three events.

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