Swing Band cancelled – again!

Many apologies, but I will have to cancel Swing Band rehearsal tomorrow (Friday 13th).  The Jazz Combo are playing for BAE Systems at Abbey House Hotel from 8.45 – 11pm and we could all do with going home at the end of school.

There WILL be a rehearsal next week – we have to get ready for a 75 minute performance at Dickensian Festival.

Well Done!!!!!

A huge well done to the Little Big Band who played the first public gig of the year tonight, supporting Diamond Dolly (Dolly Parton tribute act from Portsmouth) at The Coro.

The Band was awesome, especially considering there  were some new members (some of whom ended up sight-reading one or two numbers), and we gave three pieces a debut playing.

Well done to all the students who played  –  you certainly left the audience wanting more according to their chanting after the last number!!

Swing Band cancelled tomorrow!

Really sorry, but tomorrow’s (Friday) Swing Band rehearsal is cancelled due to Perdi being poorly and Mrs B. attending the Cumbria Teaching Awards in Carlisle in the evening  –  as a finalist with the Engagement Centre I might say!!

If any members of the Little Big Band, playing at The Coro on Saturday, are free after school, some help loading the van would be gratefully received.

UVHS Christmas Festival

Tickets will go on pre-sale to parents on Friday 28th & Saturday 29th October – only available in person from The Coro Box Office, and a password will be needed (this will be published on this blog by Wednesday 26th October).  The remainder of the tickets will go to the general public from Monday 30th October.

Please publicize amongst family, friends and colleagues – it promises to be an absolutely brilliant performance, including the Wind Band, Junior Band, Full Choir, Chamber Choir, Brass/Sax/Percussion Ensembles, Flute/Clarinet Choirs to name but a few!!!!!

Feel free to print off this poster and/or post it on social media!!!!!!!!!!

Instrumental lessons & ensemble rehearsals

A reminder that instrumentals lessons begin tomorrow (except guitars):

Piano:  Mon, Tues, Wed, Thurs

Drums:  Mon, Tues

Singing: Wed

Brass:  Wed, Thurs

Strings:  Tues

Clarinet/Sax:  Wed, Thurs, Fri

Flute: Every day

Guitar:  will be Mon, Fri

All rehearsals are now on  –  the link to all groups is here:



Lunchtime rehearsals & lessons

All instrumental lessons start from Monday – timetables will all be up on the A14 noticeboard by Friday morning. All instrumental teachers are in on the same days as last year.

Lunchtime rehearsals start THIS Friday with Choir in A11 at 12.55 (lunch passes are available from me)

Mon  –  Clarinet Choir, Percussion Ensemble, Senior Flute Choir

Tues  –  Sax Ensemble, String Orchestra

Wed  –  Music Theory, School Production (music)

Thurs  –  Junior Band, Brass Ensemble

Fri  – Choir

There will be a Junior Flute Choir (Yr7-9) starting soon on Mondays, at which point Senior Flute Choir will move to Thursdays.

Message to the Germany Tour clarinet section!!

Please could all the clarinetists who went to Germany check their instruments. One student has realized that she took the wrong instrument home in July – her clarinet is a buffet but with a different make mouthpiece an a Vandooren reed.

If it hasn’t been found by next week we will also check clarinets during lessons with Miss Reed.

Updated Calendar

I have just updated this year’s calendar – please check dates and keep a note of them.  Quite a few more Swing Band bookings to come in, as well as the Marines Weekend, Summer Concert and KS3 Boys’ Drama Club production of ‘Lord of the Flies’ in October.