Marines – massed band programme

Having just spoken to the Director of Music for the Marines, I am delighted to confirm the massed band finale programme – this band will consist of the Scotland Band joined by between 30 and 35 of our best players.

Toccata (the same version as we play

Joint Corps of Drums item

Sing, Sing, Sing

Whispers of Angels (solo feature)

How To Train Your Dragon – premiered at the Edinburgh Tattoo last August


Feel free to look up recordings/videos of the arrangements – music will be sent for the hardest pieces beforehand.

During their own set, the Marines are including the entire William Tell Overture as well as an amazing compilation piece called Kaleidoscope, featuring two former UVHS students as soloists – Sgt Andy Spain and Musn Rob Norrie.


Royal Marines Social

On Friday 26th May, UVHS Swing Band and the Royal Marines Dance Band will take to The Coro stage to  stage a brilliant evening’s entertainment – get your dance shoes out!!!

7.15pm – 11.00pm

Tickets are £10 each (including pie ‘n’ peas supper) and go on sale on WEDNESDAY 5th APRIL – only available from the Music Department.

DON’T FORGET!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Don’t forget that our fantastic production of the comical musical, Me And My Girl, is on at The Coro this Thursday and Friday (7.30pm).  Rehearsals have been going really well and all the students are working their socks off to stage a great night’s entertainment.

Please try to get family & friends to come and support us – tickets can be bought on the door both nights (the Box Office will be open from 6.30-7.30pm).

Also, could I remind those who were at the last Friends meeting that some of you volunteered to run the raffle for us on the Thurs or Fri?

Finally – is there any parent of a Year 7-9 student who may be willing to take over as Treasurer for the ‘Friends of UVHS Performing Arts’ (as we are now to be known).  Louise Steur has put in years of brilliant service, controlling the finances and putting Mr Butler in his place, but will be standing down before Summer as Catherine completes her A2s and goes to pastures new. Please contact Mr B at school for info.

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