Music Department Newsletter - October 2008

Leaving Staff

We should like to thank Alison Blundell for her excellent piano teaching over the last three years. She has been a very inspiring, enthusiastic and conscientious teacher and will be much missed by her pupils.


Rhona Kuszynski recently passed Grade 8 Flute with Merit. Francesca Bluett competed with Shrewton Silver Band in the National Brass Band Finals. The band were placed thirteenth in the UK. In July Victoria Clarke was awarded the Liz Lawrence Award of £1000 for a student going on to study Music and in September she was also awarded the Eileen Merry Bursary by the Salisbury Symphony, Orchestra, an orchestra with whom Victoria had played regularly.

Speech Day

Our choirs all sang at Speech Day in September. The Junior Choir gave a beautiful, moving performance of an African ‘Lullaby', the Senior Choir sang ‘Fields of Gold' very expressively and warmly and A Cappella sang Rutter's jazz-arrangement of the madrigal ‘It Was A Lover and His Lass' with tremendous verve. We were delighted to see about two hundred girls enjoying taking part and singing with such commitment and enthusiasm. Caroline Halls, Ellen and Lydia Sargent and Mr. Post gave accomplished performances on the organ.

Pearl of Africa Choir Visit

Years 10 and 11 GCSE Music girls were treated to a very exciting workshop given by the Pearl of frica Choir. The girls learnt African songs and dances and were given the opportunity to play African instruments. We all had a wonderful time while learning a great deal. Thank you very much to Mrs. Vaughan for arranging this visit for us.

Visit of Chinese Delegates to Wiltshire

Delegates from China paid a visit to Wiltshire recently in order to explore possible links between Wiltshire schools and schools in China. Two of our string quartets, the Woric and Hart Quartets were invited by Valerie Hayward, Head of the Wiltshire Music Service to play to the delegates of both countries at Urchfont Manor. We are very grateful to Mrs. Parsons, our ‘cello teacher, who kindly prepared the girls for this occasion and arranged for them to take part. The girls played exquisitely and were very warmly received. They were excellent ambassadors and very much enjoyed their evening.

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