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48 hour Sound of Music Auditions

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The moment some of you have been waiting for! Please come for a singing audition at the following times:

Tuesday 12th September at lunchtime in Music: Year 11 & 6th form

Thursday 14th September after school in Music: Years 7-10

Friday 15th September after school (1440): recalls

You will be expected to sing the opening of the stage version of the song Sound of Music. Please note this has an extra introduction which you won't have heard in the film. Music for this can be found in the red hopper outside the Music Office.
A video can be found here - you need to learn from 0:00-1:23. The words are below too.





My day in the hills
Has come to an end, I know.
A star has come out
To tell me it's time to go.
But deep in the dark green shadows,
There are voices that urge me to stay.
So I pause and I wait and I listen,
For one more sound,
For one more lovely thing
That the hills might say!
The hills are alive
With the sound of music,
With songs they have sung,
For a thousand years.
The hills fill my …

Disney's 'Music Land' (1935)

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This is an amazing cartoon. A Silly Symphonies short from Disney about a young forbidden love between a violin from the Land of Classical and a saxophone from the Isle of Jazz. Their interactions drive the two nations to war, but then they step back and chill out after they learn to respect all kinds of music. Can you name the famous pieces featured? Classical pieces of note include Beethoven’s Eroica and Wagner's 'Flight of the Valkyries'.



Vocal Ensemble and Training Ensemble 2017-2018

Thank you to those of you who auditioned for Vocal Ensemble and Training Ensemble today. The standard was excellent and I would like to reiterate what I said about not being too disheartened if you didn't get into your ensemble of choice.  Please stay in choir and continue to build your confidence there and try again next time.
The places offered to you are on the understanding that you maintain your commitment to Choir and where applicable, Male Voice Choir. It is essential that you attend all rehearsals and that any reasons for missing one are given to me in advance. You must remember your music for each rehearsal too. If you are unable to adhere to this, we reserve the right to reconsider your membership.
The first Vocal Ensemble rehearsal is tomorrow (Wednesday 6th September) after school until 5pm. The first Training Ensemble rehearsal is Tuesday September 19th at lunchtime.
Vocal Ensemble
Sopranos: Hannah Carruthers, Beth DM, Nell, Lucy, Mae, Bethany, Tamsin, Raya, Alice Fras…

William Dowdeswell: Arts Award Bronze review

Arts Gala 2016
I thought the arts gala was a terrific performance done by all of the schools from all around the county. I thought that it could had not been done better by any other arts gala from around the world. I was really not looking forward to it and I thought it was not going to be good at all. But I was wrong, I thought that everyone who took part of the arts gala did a great job. The Great Albert Hall was the greatest privilege that I had in my whole lifetime so I thank the person who made the arts gala to tell them what a fantastic job they did.

Vocal Ensemble and Training Ensemble auditions 2017-2018

Dear all,

Auditions for our two chamber choirs will take place after school on Tuesday 5th September after school. 
Please sign up on the door outside of the Music Office. You need only put down your name. This will go up some time next week. 
You will be asked to sing the soprano line (tune) of Ave Verum Corpus by Mozart (up to bar 18). The music can be found here, as well as in Ms Doan's red pigeon hole (outside the Music Office) from next week. If you are lower voice, please see Mr Guinane or Ms Doan for clarification.
We are looking for a clear tone, accuracy of pitch and rhythm, and musicality. Pronunciation of Latin is not the most important thing.
You will audition once, and should you be successful, we will place you in the appropriate ensemble.
Vocal Ensemble rehearsals take place after school on Wednesdays, and Training Ensemble rehearsals at lunchtime on Tuesdays. Should you be offered a place, you will be expected to attend all rehearsals, as well as continuing to be a…

Summer Concert Information

The Summer Concert is on Tuesday 18th July.

A very detailed Parent Mail has been sent - please make sure your parents have checked it.

On the day, we will meet at 1205 (start of P5) in Music. Make sure you have all your music, instruments, and a packed lunch. Bring water.

We will go by coach to St. Paul's Church, Blandford Road, and rehearse all afternoon. If you are in Year 11 or 13, you may make your own way there, be there latest 1245, but earlier if you want to be helpful.

You will be making your way home from St. Paul's at 1525, so please let us know asap if this is going to be a problem.

You will need to be back at St. Paul's for 6.30pm, in Summer Uniform (black or black and white for Yr11 and above).

Any questions to Music Captains.

It is going to be a great concert.

Mr Guinane and Ms Doan