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



Chamber Choir @ BAE

The Chamber Choir were honoured to have been asked to perform at the naming ceremony for HMS Audacious at BAE on the 16th December.  With the Royal Marines as their backing band they gave a great performance of seasonal music as well as the the traditional Seafarer’s Hymn and National Anthem.Chamber Choir at BAE

Me And My Girl

Tickets are now on sale for what promises to be a brilliant production  –  and Mr Vogler’s induction into the UVHS Performing Arts Hall of Fame!!

Please try to support the show and encourage as many friends/family/colleagues to attend.  Tickets can be purchased from the Box Office or via the Coronation Hall website.

Me and My Girl poster

Thank you!!!!!!

A huge thank you to all of the students and parents who helped with the bag-pack and music day. The ensembles were fantastic, delivering over  6 hours of continual music, and those who were on the tills and/or doors displayed great stamina (and, at times, self-control with fixed smiles!!!!!). We took £981 which, considering it has been a quiet Christmas at Booths so far, is an incredible amount.



Bag Pack @ Booths – Saturday

Hello everyone!!   We still need some bodies for bag-packing at Booths on Saturday – at least 5 per session. The current rota is below; please email me if you can do one of the quieter slots.

The ensembles are playing at:

10.00am                   Clarinet Choir                                  1.00pm         Chamber Choir

10.45am                   Chamber Choir                               1.45pm         Sax Ensemble

11.30am                   Flute Choir                                       2.30pm         Brass Ensemble

12.15pm                   Brass Ensemble                               3.15pm         Clarinet Choir

4.00pm         Chamber Choir

Be ready to play 5 mins between the time and in Wind Band uniform


10.00am Ali Kyle Jane Wilson Ian Wilson Bill McKenny
  Fiona Cloherty Leah Nicklin Liz McKenny  n/a
11.30am Emily Brice Angharad Polley Lynne Howie
1.00pm Helen Evans Neil Tippins Kay Smith
2.30pm Christine Spencer Louise Steur Di Pamenter
Hannah Metcalf  n/a