Music

The table below shows activities for the 2016-2017 academic year.

Regular commitment is required for all practices and rehearsals.

Activity

Year Group

Venue

Day and time

Staff

Additional Information

 VOX  1st, 2nd MU2 Monday 12:30 See Mrs Matthews All girls welcome
Concert Band 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th, L6th, U6th Hallam Hall Monday 1:00 Mr Kennedy Grades 3-5
Musical Chorus   Hallam Hall Monday 3:50 Mr Dow  
Chamber Music    Music Department Monday 3:50 Mr Kennedy  
Boys’ Vocal Group 1st, 2nd MU1 Tuesday 8:30 Register with Mrs Matthews All boys welcome
Chamber Choir 3rd, 4th, 5th, L6th, U6th MU1 Tuesday 1:00 Mr Dow and Mrs Short By audition
Second Orchestra 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th, L6th, U6th Hallam Hall Tuesday 3:50 Mrs Short Strings: grades 1-5, Wind & Brass by invitation only
Beginner Brass Group  1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th, L6th, U6th MU4 Wednesday 1:00 See Mr Dow. Led by Mr Moore For pupils interested in learning brass instruments. The sessions are aimed at encouraging beginners rather than more established players
Beginner Woodwind   MU2 Wednesday 1:00 Mr White  
Senior Percussion Ensemble 3rd, 4th, 5th, L6th, U6th Hallam Hall Wednesday 1:00 Mr Landon A senior percussion ensemble for experienced percussionists
Musical Solos   MU7 Wednesday 1:00 Mr Dow  
Brass Ensemble 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th, L6th, U6th MU1 Wednesday 1:00 Mrs Johnson Grade 3 upwards
Saxophone Quartet   Music Department Wednesday 1:00 Mr Kennedy 1:00pm Saxophone Quartet (PJK) Music Department
Flute Ensemble   Music Department Wednesday 1:00 Mr Kennedy 1:00pm Flute Ensemble (PJK) Music Department
Music Theory   MU3 Wednesday 1:00 Mr Dean  
Junior Percussion Ensemble 1st, 2nd Hallam Hall Wednesday 3:50 Mr Landon No prior grade or experience required
Jazz Band  2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th, L6th, U6th MU6 Wednesday 3:50 Mr Hamilton Invitation only 
Musical Ensembles   MU2 Wednesday 3:50 Mr Dow  
Chamber Music    Music Department Wednesday 3:50 Mr Kennedy  
Wind Quintet   Hallam Hall Thursday 12:30 Mr Kennedy  
Wind Orchestra 3rd, 4th, 5th, L6th, U6th Hallam Hall Thursday 1:00 Mr Kennedy Invitation only – grade 5 and above
Musical Solos   MU1 Thursday 1:00 Mr Dow  
First Orchestra 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th, L6th, U6th Hallam Hall Thursday 3:50 Mr Dow Invitation only
Junior Band 1st, 2nd Hallam Hall Friday 1:00 Mr Kennedy All wind and brass players welcome
Big Band 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th, L6th, U6th MU1 Friday 1:00 Mr White Invitation only
Guitar Ensemble 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th, L6th, U6th MU3 Friday 1:00 Mr Roberts

The group will be open in the first instance to pupils of all levels of expertise and experience learning classical guitar, acoustic guitar or ukulele

String Orchestra   MU2 Friday 1:00 Mrs Matthews  Invitation only
Junior Chamber Choir 1st, 2nd W7 Friday 3:50 Mrs Matthews By audition
Chorus 3rd, 4th, 5th, L6th, U6th MU1/Hallam Hall Friday 3:50 Mr Dow and Mr Kennedy All singers welcome

Download the Music Department Extra-Curricular Schedule 2016-2017 (pdf)

Concerts

Activity

Year Group

Day and time

Venue

Staff

Additional Information

GCSE Recital   9th November, 4.00 Hallam Hall See Mr Dow Dress Code for pupils: School Uniform
Groups taking part: 5th Form GCSE Solos  
Autumn Concert   23rd November, 7.30 Dining Hall See Mr Dow  Dress Code for pupils: All black
Groups taking part: Chorus, First Orchestra, String Orchestra, Jazz Band, Junior Band, Brass Ensemble
Christmas Concert   8th December, 7.30 Dining Hall See Mr Dow  Dress Code for pupils: All black
Groups taking part: Chamber Choir, Big Band, Second Orchestra Wind Orchestra, Concert Band, Junior Chamber Choir 
Carol Service   14th December, 7.00 St Georges Church, Stockport See Mr Dow  Dress Code for pupils: School Uniform (Blazers, no jumpers)
Groups taking part: Chorus, Chamber Choir, Junior Chamber Choir, VOX, Boys Vocal Group
Winter Concert   26th January, 7.30 Dining Hall See Mr Dow Dress Code for pupils: All black
Groups taking part: Junior Band, VOX, Boys Vocal Group, Second Orchestra, Guitar Group, Percussion Ensembles, Beginner Brass, Beginner Woodwind  
Spring Concert   9th March, 7.30 St Georges Church, Stockport See Mr Dow  Dress Code for pupils: All black
Groups taking part: Chorus, Chamber Choir, Junior Chamber Choir, String Orchestra & other groups tbc
Founder’s Day   17th March, TBC St Georges Church, Stockport See Mr Dow Dress Code for pupils: School Uniform (Blazers, no jumpers)
Groups taking part: Chorus, Chamber Choir, Junior Chamber Choir 
Annie – Musical   22nd-25th March, 7.30 Main Hall    
Summer Concert   26th April, 7.30 Dining Hall See Mr Dow  Dress Code for pupils: All black
Groups taking part: String Orchestra, Jazz Band, Second Orchestra, First Orchestra, Brass Ensemble, Guitar Group, Boys Vocal Group 
Leavers Concert   3rd May, 7.30 Dining Hall See Mr Dow Dress Code for pupils: All black
Groups taking part: Concert Band, Wind Orchestra, Leavers’ Ensemble, Big Band, Percussion Ensembles, Flute Group 
Lower School Recital   7th June, 4.00 Dining Hall See Mr Dow Dress Code for pupils: School Uniform (Blazers, no jumpers)
Groups taking part: Junior Chamber Choir, Boys Vocal Group, VOX, Beginner Brass, Beginner Woodwind  
First Year Music Day  All 1st Year Classes 7th June, All day Hallam Hall   Dress Code: School Uniform (Blazers, no jumpers)
Groups taking part: All 1st Year Classes
Music Festival 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th, L6th, U6th 27th June, all day Various Pupils sign up in the Music Department for an audition in May Dress Code for pupils: School Uniform
Initial auditions then selected pupils perform in 10 different categories on the day of the Music Festival to an audience and visiting adjudicator
Music Exams 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th, L6th, U6th 3 times per year Music Department Entered for examination by teacher Associated Board Music Exams with an external examiner. Includes Prep Test, Grades 1-8, Diploma
Peripatetic Music Lessons 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th, L6th, U6th Individual half hour lessons throughout the school week on a rotating timetable Music Department   Lessons for a variety of string, wind and percussion instruments and singing for beginners up to grade 8 and beyond. £14.25 per half hour lesson with highly skilled and qualified music teachers. Large/expensive instruments may be available to borrow from school

Download the schedule of music concerts for 2016-2017 (pdf)

Monday Afternoon Recital Series

For the 2016-2017 school year we are introducing a new series of recitals.

The Monday Afternoon Recital Series is a new concert series open to students from all years who wish to perform solo or small group pieces.

For further information about the events please see the table below.

Date

Year Group

Venue

Time

Additional Information

Monday 23rd January All Hallam Hall 4.00–4.45 Any student who wishes to perform should see Mr Kennedy
Monday 13th February All Hallam Hall 4.00–4.45 Any student who wishes to perform should see Mr Kennedy
Monday 13th March All Hallam Hall 4.00–4.45 Any student who wishes to perform should see Mr Kennedy