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Tuesday Tunes 20/6/17

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Beaumont Music Department presents Tuesday Tunes; weekly recommendations for all audiences, curated by the Beaumont Music staff.
Recommendations for this week:
Henry Threadgill - Old Locks and Irregular Verbs Pt. 4
Jazz meets contemporary 'Classical' music in this chamber piece by American composer Henry Threadgill.


Mr G

We all say quite casually sometimes how music can change your life. I genuinely believe it can and that everyone's experience will be different.  Listen here to Six brand new monologues developed and produced by BBC Writersroom celebrating the transformative power of music.
Ms D

Tuesday Tunes 13/6/17

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Beaumont Music Department presents Tuesday Tunes; weekly recommendations for all audiences, curated by the Beaumont Music staff.
Recommendations for this week:
Alexander D Great - Haiti
This week Year 10 were visited by Calypsonian musician Alexander D Great. He performed some of his songs and together they wrote a simple Calypso. His songs were amazing, but I was particular struck by 'Haiti', the tune for which Alex was awarded the title of 'London Calypso Monarch' in 2010. Written after the earthquake which destroyed Haiti in 2010, it investigates many of the issues plaguing the country.

- Mr G

The Mendelssohn Octet reminds me of some really fun university days. I remember rehearsing this on a summer's evening in Brasenose Chapel, very much like tonight, and loving it and loving life. An absolutely cracking piece of chamber music. 
Enjoy.



- Ms D

Tuesday Tunes 05/07/17

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Beaumont Music Department presents Tuesday Tunes; weekly recommendations for all audiences, curated by the Beaumont Music staff.
Recommendations for this week:
Billie Holiday - That Ole Devil Called Love
Something very simple this week; quite simply one of the greatest pieces of vocal jazz ever recorded. It needs no other words.

- Mr G

Stephen Hawking's 75th Birthday (and Alumni news)

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For Stephen Hawking's 75th Birthday, the Choir Gonville and Cauis, Cambridge (where he has been a Fellow for 52 years) commissioned the composer Cheryl Frances-Hoad to write a choral piece for him, the theme being the universe.  In the video below, we get a small insight into her creative process and how she set about finding some words to create her musical image of the universe. In the piece, Frances-Hoad uses Newtonian physics, NASA space sounds and a children's poem as her inspiration.  The coming together of the arts, literature and science results in quite an ethereal work.
You can read more here about the influences in the piece and watch the two videos below.  You will also recognise our lovely alumna Alice Webster as one of the three soloists, who asks some of the questions which Hawking asks in his Brief History of Time while the choir repeats "Sun, moon, stars".



Tuesday Tunes 23/05/17

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Beaumont Music Department presents Tuesday Tunes; weekly recommendations for all audiences, curated by the Beaumont Music staff.
Recommendations for this week:
Django Bates - Saluting Sgt. Pepper
The impending 50th Anniversary of 'Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band' will produce a plethora of articles/releases about this classic album, so here is mine. Crazy jazzman Django Bates is releasing a tribute album with the Frankfurt Radio Big Band. It is worth checking out. A sample track is available on the Bandcamp page (click the link above). Oh, and also, Mr Burrett did a gig with him once.

- Mr G



As the Vocal Ensemble and Male Voice Choir prepare for their performance of Carmina Burana with  St Albans Choral Society, here is a very lovely soprano solo from the work: In trutina. Scroll to 3:38.




- Ms D

Exam Week Information: Years 7, 8 and 10

Please find below some information about Music exams during exam week:

Year 7

Your exam will be mainly listening based, with a short written element. You will be asked about:

Instruments of the OrchestraSambaFanfaresGeneral listening/musicianship
Year 8
Your exam will be mainly listening based, with a short written element. You will be asked about:

RiffsThe BluesFolk MusicNew Directions (Terry Riley's 'In C' and Steve Reich's 'Clapping Music')
Year 10
Your exam will be a shortened version of a GCSE listening exam. Topics will include Areas of Study we have looked at since the start of the course.
How to revise?
Listen to music! Links to Spotify playlists for certain topics can be found below:
Year 7: Fanfares Year 7: Instruments of the Orchestra
Year 7: Samba Year 8: Riffs Year 8: The Blues Year 8: New Directions Year 8: Folk Music

DSO KIDS - A great resource for instruments of the orchestra.
For GCSE students, you know what is going on. See us for help with revision.
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Tuesday Tunes 16/05/17

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Beaumont Music Department presents Tuesday Tunes; weekly recommendations for all audiences, curated by the Beaumont Music staff.
Recommendations for this week:
Andrew Sparling - New works for clarinet
NMC Recordings is a fantastic label for new music. I just stumbled across this album while working (I found it on a Spotify playlist curated by composer Anna Meredith). The disc is full of variety; there is something for everyone. The title takes you to the Spotify album, and the link below takes you to the album's page on the label's website.
Andrew Sparling - New works for clarinet (NMC)
- Mr G

I'm playing in a really lovely concert on Saturday. You should all come. If you are in Year 10 or 11, you have no excuse really. Difficult to pick a highlight from the programme for me, but I shall go for Beethoven's 2nd Piano Concerto in B flat Major. The conductor and soloist here is the renowned Daniel Barenboim:




- Ms D