Showing posts from July, 2016

Training Ensemble and Vocal Ensemble 2016-2017

Thank you to everyone who came today. The standard was excellent, making our job really very difficult. 
Listed below are the members of the Vocal Ensemble and Training Ensemble for 2016-17. Voices parts will be decided depending on repertoire.

Vocal Ensemble


Clare Baker
Hannah Carruthers
Hannah Crisp
Beth Dickinson-Macrae
Lois Fordham
Nell Hayes
Bethan Hughes
Lydia Jacobs
Laura Knill-Jones
Mae Lankshear
Bethany Lincoln
Tamsin Sandford Smith
Raya Tan Ward
Katie Walton
Lucy Wilson


Caius Datt (alto, please)


Theo Habbick
Leon Heaney 
Finlay Hopkins
Matthew Lee

Matthew Holmes
Alex Jenkins
Joseph Lee
Joseph Lewis
Patrick Quinn
Michael Winter

Training Ensemble
Sian Appleyard
Ellie Bunker


Hi All,

We have just finished deliberating your places. I have run out of time before going to collect my son and taking on personal duties for the evening, so places will be announced by 8pm tonight. Apologies for making you wait, but I don't want to make errors and miss people off etc.


Ms D x

Summer Concert: Essential Information


The Summer Concert is on Tuesday 19th July
It takes place at St. Paul's Church, Blandford Road, St. Albans, and starts at 7pm.
Tickets are £5/£3, and are available on the door.

Information for Students:

We will meet in Music at the start of Period 5 on Tuesday. We will then travel (with all instruments and equipment) by coach to St. Paul's Church.

6th Form/Year 11 - further information will following regarding your travel arrangements.

Bring a packed lunch.

We will rehearse the various ensembles until 3.25pm. If you are only in 1 or 2 ensembles, please bring some reading/homework with you.

At 3.25pm, you will make your own way home. If this is a problem, you must let me know asap.

You will need to be back at St. Paul's no later than 6.30pm.

Information for Parents:

In addition to the student information, there are some things I would like you to be aware of. As outlined in the ParentMail sent a couple of weeks ago, students will be making their own way home from St. …

Alice Watts: Silver Arts Award Review

For my arts review I went to the Alexander McQueen Savage Beauty exhibition in London. I went last year in August during the summer holidays with my cousin and aunt. I chose to use this as my arts review because I have a big interest in the fashion industry and I had a lot to say about the exhibition. As I have a big interest in fashion design and textiles, I had such a great day in London at the exhibition because I have never been to something like it before and I thought it would be a good idea to do a review on something I know quite a lot about and could say a lot about instead of a performance at the theatre or a backstage tour. We looked around at Alexander’s most famous deigns. I feel like that this experience really got me excited for starting my GCSE’s as I’m going to be doing textiles as one of my subjects and by going got me to be able to get me some inspiration for it all and especially because Alexander McQueen is one inspirations. Also while we were there I learnt a lot …

Jazz Ladz and Percussion Ensemble: Details for 9th July

Hello Jazz Ladz and Percussion Ensemble.

A few reminders for tomorrow:

- Arrive at Cunningham Hill Junior School at 5.30pm.
- Wear casual clothes (preferably something colourful to fit the samba vibe).
- We will be playing from 6pm-6.45pm

You have been promised free food, which I will sort when I arrive tomorrow.
It should be great fun - thanks for all your hard work.

Mr G

Vocal Ensemble and Training Ensemble Auditions 2016-17

Dear all,

Auditions for our two chamber choirs will take place after school on Wednesday 20th July.

Please sign up on the door outside of the Music Office. You need only put down your name.

You will be asked to sing the soprano line (tune) of Ave Verum Corpus by Mozart. The music can be found here, as well as in Ms Doan's red pigeon hole (outside the Music Office) from next week.

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 Wednesdays. Should you be offered a place, you will be expected to attend all rehearsals, as well as continuing to be a member of the main choir.

We would encourage all students interested in singing to audition. Please do not be intimidated by the high standard…

Year 12 Summer Work

Hi guys,

Please click here to access the summer work.

Have fun, any questions just ask.

Mr G and Ms D

Choir: Seasons of Love and Both Sides Now

Hi All,

Please make sure you learn these for next Friday! You could always sing along to our 2011 recording of Both Sides Now by clicking here.

Seasons of Love:
Five hundred twenty five thousand six hundred minutes Five hundred twenty five thousand moments so dear Five hundred twenty five thousand six hundred minutes How do you measure, measure a year? In daylights, in sunsets In midnights, in cups of coffee In inches, in miles, in laughter, in strife In five hundred twenty five thousand six hundred minutes How do you measure a year in the life?
How about love? How about love? How about love? Measure in love Seasons of love (love) Seasons of love (love)
(Year 13 Girls' solo while everyone else sings a variety of "oooh") Five hundred twenty five thousand six hundred minutes Five hundred twenty five thousand journeys to plan Five hundred twenty five thousand six hundred minutes How do you measure the life of a woman or a man?
(Men) In truths that she learned Or in times that he cried In bridges he…

Arts Award: Skills Share

As ever, it has been a pleasure to mark this year's Arts Award portfolios. I came across Caius Datt leading a group of Year 8 boys singing, with which I was really impressed. Well done to you all.