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Wind Ensemble

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Here is a link to the scene from Amadeus in which your piece is featured:




Here is the movement in full:




Looking forward to working on this "rusty squeezebox'. Listen to how the instruments emerge from the texture in turn. The hard work will be to consider the balance between you all.

Salieri hit the nail on the head - you should watch Amadeus if you haven't already.


Chamber Music Fridays: Autumn Term

Apologies for the delay, but here goes. After Orchestra, we will all return to H Block for Chamber Music Fridays. Let's say I am trying to emulate a mini 'Music School' without the tuck shop.  This will run from 3.30-4/4.15pm.
Wind Ensemble will go in H1, a String Trio in H2 and another in a practice room and a Flute Trio in one of the practice rooms (good piano).  The aim is not only to produce high quality chamber music, but for you to get a sense of what it is like to rehearse in an intimate atmosphere, and interact musically on a smaller scale.  Chamber music is one of the most joyful musical forms and I am excited about getting it going properly at Beaumont.  If you are not on the list below, please approach me with ideas - we can have many more groups going eventually.  The idea is that the type of group changes each term. Music and recordings to follow.
Wind Ensemble: Katie D Bethany Alex J Rhiannon Georgina Hannah Clem Ethan Mr G Jonny Katie R
Piano/Flute Trio: Tams…

Chamber Music Fridays

There will be a slight change to the post-orchestra session (3.30-4pm) on Fridays. We will be running chamber music groups, which will include instruments from all families. The idea is that we organise a few groups which will be running in the Music Group, with staff dipping in and out of your rehearsals, advising where necessary. This might be anything from String Quartets through to Wind Ensembles, plus mixed ensembles too. I have an idea of the ensemble I would like to start with, and will release these details during the course of next week, starting next Friday 23rd September.
If you have any ideas or suggestions, please approach me with these and we will consider them!
Looking forward to trying something new!



Oliver! rehearsals tomorrow.

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You will get the words for the exact version tomorrow but here is a flavour of what's to come:

Click here for the lyrics of Food Glorious Food:




Click here for the lyrics of Oliver, Oliver:



Click here for the link to Consider Yourself:

Oliver! Auditions: Wednesday 7th September 2016

Hi All,

Looking forward to getting back into it. Hope you are raring to go. In tomorrow's singing audition, you will be expected to sing the ensemble part from Who will buy? We will sing the song through all together before you come and sing for us.

The words are below and you can search the song on YouTube as well. See you tomorrow!

Who will buy This wonderful morning?
Such a sky
You never did see!


Who will tie
It up with a ribbon
And put it in a box for me?

There'll never be a day so sunny,
It could not happen twice.
Where is the man with all the money?
It's cheap at half the price!
Who will buy
This wonderful feeling?
I'm so high,
I swear I could fly.
Me, oh my!
I don't want to lose it
So what am I to do
To keep the sky so blue.

There must be someone who will buy?

Instrumental Lessons Information (especially Year 7)

Dear all,

A few reminders about instrumental lessons.

Lessons times are up on the notice boards in H Block (the Music Department).

Teachers will be putting their times up over the next week or so - if your time is not up when you check, check the next day.

All lessons take place in the practice rooms in H Block.

It is your responsibility to attend instrumental lessons, and excuse yourself from whatever lesson/activity you are in.

If you cannot make a particular time, due to sporting commitments or controlled assessment, it is your responsibility to re-organise your lesson with your teacher.

If you have any quality questions, please speak to Ms Doan or Mr Guinane.

Take ownership of your instrumental lessons, and get involved.