Marines Pre-Sale

Tickets for the joint concert between UVHS Wind Band and The Royal Marines will go on pre-sale this Thursday (23rd) and Friday (24th) from the Box Office at The Coro.  On these two days, tickets can only be purchased in person (not over the phone or internet), but there is no limit to the number of tickets an individual can buy.

The password is:  Lizzie’s Band

Also – a reminder that we are running a trip to see the award-winning musical adaptation of The Commitments at The Palace Theatre in Manchester on Saturday 8th April. Students and parents are invited to come – see attached letter…

Commitments letter

Please contact Mr Butler if you wish to go


Royal Marines Tickets

A reminder that tickets for the Massed Band concert with the Royal Marines go on pre-sale next Thursday and Friday (23rd & 24th Feb) to parents and staff  –  the password for tickets is:

Lizzie’s Band

Balcony  –  £17.50 (no concessions)
Front Stalls rows A-E  –  £14  (£10 under 16s)
Rear Stalls rows F onwards  –  £12 (£9 OAPs, £6 under 16s)

The Commitments – theatre trip for students & parents

We have got hold of 30 tickets to see the smash hit musical ‘The Commitments’ on Saturday 8th April. This trip is not only open to students but also to parents & friends  –  we really don’t mind who goes, everyone is welcome!!!!!

Tickets are £60 each including a great seat in the stalls  (with room for dancing!), transport and insurance.  Coach leaves at 9.45am – travel to The Lowry for shopping & lunch – show starts 2.30pm @ The Palace Theatre – back to UVHS by 7pm.

All details are on the letter here:  Commitments letter


Marines Concert

Marines poster 2017Please advertise this wherever possible. Tickets go on pre-sale to parents on Thursday 23rd and Friday 24th Feb (notice change of date), and general sale to the public on Monday 27th. Please distribute on social media etc…..

Details of the ‘social’ with the Marines Dance Band on the 26th May will come out soon (after the Friends have firmed up details)

Friends of UVHS Music meeting

Dear All,

The next Friends meeting will be next Tuesday, 14th Feb (I know what you’re all thinking … what an old romantic Mr Butler is!!).  We will be discussing the forthcoming Marines concert in May and reviewing the Christmas events among other things.

All are welcome  –  6.30pm-7.15pm in the meeting room in A Block.

AS Drama Performance Assessment this Friday – please support!

UVHS Drama Studio. 4:30pm Friday 3 February.

For the Component 1 assessment of the AS Drama and Theatre Studies Course, students need to perform an extract from a chosen play in the style of a renowned theatre practitioner to a selective and supportive audience. They also need to perform a role in the form of a monologue or duologue. This year’s students have chosen to perform ‘Metamorphosis’ by Steven Berkoff (adapted from the short story by Franz Kafka), adopting his stylised approach to theatre combining mime and movement with a highly mannered form of line delivery associated with Berkoff’s practice. After a performing an abridgment of the play, focussing on the theme of the parasitical nature of the poor protagonist’s family, there is a short interlude of comedy in the form of Moth and Maudie from Jim Cartwright’s famous play ‘Two’. The darkness descends as the performance is concluded with the duologue of Roy and Lesley from the same play.


Great concert with NYJO

A massive well done to the 8 students who played at QKS with the National Youth Jazz Orchestra on Friday night  –  Abi, Michael, Jacob, Jack, Jess, Bella, Sophie & Tabi.  Some great improvisations from them (Michael McCluskey  –  where did that stonking solo come from????) made an ageing music teacher, who wishes he was young enough to be playing in such events, VERY proud.  I am sure that everyone will also agree that listening to NYJO on their own was a truly memorable experience.

The only recording I could find from QKS/NYJO was this – it isn’t just nepotism!!  Copy and paste into your browser to see it.

Next gig is a reduced Big Band at Water Yeat on Friday 17th Feb – doors open at 7.15 for a 7.45 start.  The band is:

Saxes – Bella, Dylan, Tabi, Sophie & Jess    Brass – David, Abi, Anna, Michael, Emma & Jack    Rhythm – Emily, Erin & Adam       Vox – Connor, Tabi, Emma & Bella