Showing posts from September, 2015

Year 10: Studies Info

Hi gang,

Just to confirm a few things:

Studies are due on Wednesday 7th October, by 5pm.
Please email an audio file to

You will get Fri, Tues and possibly Weds to work on your studies in lessons, so ensure you have your instruments for those lessons.

Embedded below are the solo pieces I played at the start of the lesson, as well as the slide I projected.

Please ask for help if you need it.


Mr G

Studies from David Guinane

Year 8 German Homework

For your homework, please click here and do the quizzes on countries and numbers!

48 Hour Grease

To get you in the mood, here is a Spotify playlist of the songs which will be included in Grease.  There will be a few edited moments (BBQ, I'm currently arranging something for you) and don't assume that the version you hear is exactly the same as the version you will sing.  Have a listen and enjoy!

Year 11: Skye Waulking Song

Your task is to create a presentation/handout about folk music, Capercaillie's Skye Waulking Song, and the instruments which are used in it.  Answer the following questions, and whilst doing so, make your answers look pretty and well presented. Make sure you include pictures.
1) What do you know about folk music? How is it passed down from generation to generation? 2) Capercaillie are an example of a folk fusion band - what does this mean? 3) What is "waulking"? 4) What instruments can you hear in the Skye Waulking Song?  5) What are the story and the lyrics about? 6) Give some brief, useful facts about the band Capercaillie.
Make sure you print it off, show me, and then put it in your folder by the end of the lesson.

Year 13 Harmony Feedback

You need to bookmark this post as it will contain the link to the Google slides with a summary of your feedback from each harmony lesson. I will add to it each week so you can see what kind of recurring errors you all need to avoid.
Click here for the link.

LSO Discovery: Overview of Musical Styles

Year 13,

Alongside your Holborne reading and listening, please watch the following videos and make notes:

Part I

Part II

Part III

Vocal Ensemble Autumn Term 2015-16

Well done on today's rehearsal. Lots of work to do but hopefully you will enjoy it! Please make sure you look over your parts this week. Use the following videos to help you:

1. A New Day - see, it's not that slow!!

2. Like as the hart

3. Litanei auf das Fest aller Seelen (who doesn't love the dative case?)

4. Hear my prayer

Berio Sequenza: Resources

A list (non-exhaustive) to help with your Berio studies:

Author's note
A guide to Luciano Berio's music (The Guardian)
Extracts from two interviews
Narrative and gesture in Berio's sequenza III (a little more complex)

Berio Sequenza for voice
Berio Sequenza for trombone (the best one)
Cathy Berberian - Stripsody

Find, and listen to, the sequenza for your instrument (if Berio wrote one).

Use your library card to access Grove, and read up on Berio and his sequenzas.

You MUST listen in depth to the work, read and listen around it, and store this information. How you do it is up to you, but you will not be able to get away with not doing it, trust me. Be open-minded.

Mr Guinane