July Music News

Music For Life

Sarah Beckett in Year 13 is organising a fundraising concert in aid of a charity called the AV Foundation. It supports education in developing countries and she hopes to raise enough to build school buildings and a community kitchen in Bergmanshoogte; a village in Karoo, South Africa.

Music For Life showcases the best of local music talent, including students and staff from SWGS, and will feature all types of music from classical through jazz to acoustic and pop. The show is on Friday September 10th 2010 at the City Hall Salisbury, and tickets will be available from the City Hall Box Office. Tickets are £12 for adults and £10 for 18s and under. Don't miss it! (Sarah Beckett 13BAW)

Junior Concert

The Junior Concert was a really lovely evening, full of sparkling performances of a great variety of music. There were many solos, duets and small chamber groups, with all students singing and playing to a very high standard and with great aplomb.

The Training Orchestra began the concert with very polished and effective renditions of 'Rondo alla Turca' by Mozart and 'A Whiter Shade of Pale' by Reid and Brooker. The evening came to a lively conclusion with a most enjoyable selection of 'Songs from the Sixties', including such well-known songs as 'California Dreaming', 'Scarborough Fair' and the 'Shoop Shoop Song'.

The Junior Choir did these well-loved numbers justice, singing in beautiful harmonies with great enthusiasm, commitment and verve. We were very grateful to those instrumental and singing teachers who supported the evening, to Mrs Notley for her sensitive accompaniment of the Junior Choir and to Mr Ottaway and Mrs Cooper for accompanying their pupils.

My team masterminded the evening, directed the Training Orchestra and Junior Choir, accompanied many of the soloists and organized the whole event. Thank you very much to her and to all who contributed to such an enjoyable evening's entertainment.

London Winds Quintet

On Friday, 29th May some SWGS wind players (Rebecca Bostock, Katie Hall, Alex Richards, Ellen Sargent and Rosamund Thomas) went to the Salisbury Arts Centre to attend a Masterclass with two of the members of the London Winds: Philippa Davies (flute) and Michael Collins (clarinet). Both soloists and ensembles took part. They each played a piece that they had prepared in advance and were given advice on how to improve it and the rest of their playing.

Those in the SWGS Wind Quintet learnt about tuning, posture and using their full range of dynamics as well as how to balance the different instruments with their different timbres and tunes in the piece. The soloists (clarinet and flute) were given advice on a variety of ways to improve their technique and playing.

In the evening the London Winds gave a concert in St. Thomas' Church where they performed a variety of music for Wind Quintet.

The girls really benefitted from the Masterclass. Thank you very much to Mrs Wiseman for taking us to this event and giving us this valuable experience. (Roz Thomas 9B)

Created: Tuesday, July 20, 2010 | School News Page

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