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Year 10 Homework: The Classical Concerto

Hi Year 10,

Here is a YouTube video to help you complete your worksheet:

Due Wednesday 5th December
Mr Guinane

Vocal Ensemble: next 5 days

This one is dedicated to Ollie and those of you who are unable to picture your day as I gave you instructions earlier!
Tomorrow (Thursday 29th November)
You need: Vocal Ensemble uniform, posh folder, Shenandoah and John Cage, packed tea, cash for train and maybe some fast food.

Meet in Music at 2.40pm prompt to travel to St Albans station.
Rehearsal from 4.30-5pm.
Concert starts at 7.45pm - as the concert is SOLD OUT you will need to stand for the whole concert - please make sure you have enough food and drink to keep you going before and afterwards!
Back in St A by c.10.30pm.

Saturday 1st December - Britten St Nicolas
You need: Britten and Finzi, Vocal Ensemble uniform and all black too.
2.15pm - Meet at St Saviour's Church (leave enough time to get there please).
4.45pm - rehearsal finishes (strings continue)
7.00pm - Meet back at the church for warm up.
7.30pm - concert starts.

Monday 5th December - Christmas Concert

Rehearsal at lunchtime - Candlelight Carol
Usual other rehearsa…

Christmas Concert Rehearsal Schedule

EPAM Artists Concert on Thursday

The score to John Four2 has arrived, ready for Thursday.  Please come and collect it on Monday.  The recording of it below will only make sense if you have the score in front of you so make sure you can find a bit of time just to work out what on earth is going on.
It's a busy week for the Vocal Ensemble this week.  For Thursday's rehearsal, please bring ALL of your music. We will top and tail the Finzi and the Britten, go over Shenandoah and sink our teeth into the Christmas music.  Candelight Carol should only need topping and tailing too and I want to look at the Mendelssohn next.  Please have a look at your music and just listen to the playlist too.
Please can you make sure you bring reply slips in for Thursday too.
Keep up the good work!

Year 13: Baris Melampahan (not a guy)

For Monday (26/11):

Produce a rationale/abstract/argument (you must produce something written) stating your position on the following matter:

How much of a help or hindrance is the score for BM?
How does the score facilitate or restrict our musical understanding of the piece?

You must be prepared to talk/discuss this issue at length, and must have done some background reading on the balinese gamelan.

I am very much looking forward to hearing what you have to say.

Mr. Guinane

Year 12 Homework: Poulenc Presentations

Your presentations will take place on Tues 27th November.

Your focuses/foci (both are accepted plurals, I checked) are as follows (absentees please liase with your class mates):

Megan, Owen, Niamh, Louisa - Harmony and tonality
Adam, Sam, Amber, Fiona - Rhythm, metre and use of instruments
Ryan, Catriona, Chantal, David - Melody and structure

You should know what is expected, if you are producing a handout please email it to me beforehand and I will make copies.

Bring any ppts, audio etc. in on a memory pen or email beforehand.

Any questions please send me an email.

I am very much looking forward to hearing your presentations.


Mr. Guinane

Christmas in the Beaumont Music Department

We hope to see you at one of the following concerts in the coming month:

1) Thursday 29th November 2012, 7.30pm St Mary-at-Hill, Eastcheap, London  The Vocal Ensemble will perform alongside a cappella group VOCES8 in the Edition Peters Concert.  Tickets (£12/£8) and more information are available from here:

2) Saturday 1st December 2012, 7.30pm in St Saviour's Church, St Albans The Vocal Ensemble will perform Britten's St Nicolas with the local groups Carillon Chamber Choir and Amadeus Chamber Orchestra, as well as performing Finzi's Magnificat.  Tickets (£13/£11) include wine, soft drinks and canap├ęs in the interval and can be obtained from

3) Monday 3rd December 2012, 7pm in Beaumont School Hall **please note change of date** Beaumont School Christmas Concert: come and hear all the extra-curricular groups perform this term's repertoire.  Tickets are £4/£2 and are available on the door.

4) Wednesday 1…

Vocal Ensemble: last push

You will get a paper copy of this and you have all received this via email, but just in case, here is the link to your timetable for the rest of 2012.

Vocal Ensemble Nov/Dec 2012

Take ownership and work out where you need to be and when.

Well done so far, December is going to be fab and we can't wait.

Beaumont Choirs: Christmas 2012

Here are the playlists (in no particular order) for Choir, Training Choir and Vocal Ensemble for our Carol Service 2012.  Some of the congregational carols may differ in harmonies but everything else should be the same.  Congregational carols will be on the Choir playlist.  All the choirs will sing a version of O holy night, arr. Mack Wilberg.  The version is not on Spotify but I did find it on YouTube (see below).  We won't do it as slowly, though!

The Training Ensemble will sing Maria Wiegenlied.

Vocal Ensemble:

The Year 13 girls will sing There is no rose and the sopranos and altos will sing Caritas abundat.

Everyone will sing this (not as slowly):

Year 10: South Bank Centre CED

For the 3rd time in three days some of you will be returning to the South Bank but this time for a Gamelan workshop!

Here are the plans:

0830 Register and assemble in Room 30
0840 Classroom session 1
1000 Breaktime
1015 Classroom session 2
1130 Leave for St Albans Station by minibus
1330 Gamelan Introductory workshop at the Royal Festival Hall
1530 Workshop finishes
1630 Approximate arrival at St Albans Station - please be collected from here

Please bring a packed lunch! 

See you tomorrow in your school uniform.