The Rabbit of Seville

This 1950 cartoon by Looney Tunes is Bugs Bunny at his operatic finest. Bugs escapes the obsessed Elmer Fudd and they find themselves in a production of Il Barbiere di Siviglia at (presumably) the Hollywood Bowl. Obligatory antics ensue, and we go all in on a creatively animated scalp massage.

Rabbit Of Seville from Wet The Face on Vimeo.

The Dreams and Prayers of Isaac the Blind

I've got loads of better things to do, but I got really excited about this piece of music today and I was compelled to blog about it.

Argentinian composer Osvaldo Golijov (b. 1960) wrote this piece, The Dreams and Prayers of Isaac the Blind, in 1994. In the words of the composer:

"Eight centuries ago Isaac The Blind, the great kabbalist rabbi of Provence, dictated a manuscript in which he asserted that all things and events in the universe are product of combinations of the Hebrew alphabet's letters: 'Their root is in a name, for the letters are like branches, which appear in the manner of flickering flames, mobile, and nevertheless linked to the coal'. His conviction still resonates today: don't we have scientists who believe that the clue to our life and fate is hidden in other codes?"

Notes from the composer continue here.

The piece is scored for string quartet and 'klezmer clarinet', and uses traditional Jewish melodies, including those taken from…

Lesson Times - Mr Butler (Guitar) - First Week Back


48 hour Sound of Music Auditions

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)

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…