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The second autumn term is always the busiest for the Music Department and this year has certainly exceeded expectations. After the resounding success of the first BBC Ten Pieces Orchestra workshop, we decided to continue with this each half term. Once again, we used students that already learn a musical instrument, alongside those students, which took part in the last half term with new students. This time we made it that bit harder and learnt an adapted version of Beethoven’s Fifth Symphony. Students did exceptionally well as this is a difficult piece to count. Although students may not have had as many notes, they had to be on their toes counting all their rests to ensure they came in at the right places. The aim of the workshop was to perform this at the Christmas Concert, giving all the students the opportunity to perform in front of a large audience. We look forward to continuing this initiative in the next half term where we will look at The Ride of the Valkyries.

This half term we have introduced performances in assembly. The purpose of this is to give our music students more performance opportunities and students in assemblies more exposure to a variety of music. We have heard from our Year 9 GCSE students, Year 10 GCSE students, Emily Gray and Niamh Edmunds playing a piano duet and our school choir.


We were extremely excited to once again be asked by Stray FM to perform at the switch on of the Harrogate Christmas Lights. We 20 students from our school choir to perform live on the stage in front of a large audience on what was a very cold night. We performed festive numbers such as Let it Snow, Angel’s Carol by John Rutter and the beautiful and enchanting Breath of Heaven. It was a fantastic for our students and the first public performance for a number of our Year 7. Our next Christmas performance was on Sunday 1st December at the Majestic Hotel. We had been asked to perform at the Harrogate Hospital Christmas market, which was set up to raise money for the hospital. Once again, our choir entertained guests as they browsed the many craft stores and listened to the beautiful vocals whilst enjoying a glass of mulled wine. The Mayor and Mayoress spoke in between our sets and congratulated the students on such a successful performance.

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