Jazz Combo

Really good gig this afternoon – congratulations to the band, especially as the 20-piece set included quite a few new numbers that haven’t been performed by either the Swing Band or the Combo in several years.

The photographer has sent us this link to photos from the performance. Feel free to download and print (ideal Christmas presents for grandparents!).


Hope it works! If not, contact me as I have all the photos downloaded.

Christmas Festival

The letter to parents about tickets sales for this year’s Christmas Festival is currently being distributed in rehearsals (copy below:

The password for advance purchase tickets will appear here in the first half of the half-term break.

Wind Band Tour to Belgium, July 2020

Below is the letter that went out to Wind Band during yesterday’s rehearsal (which was exceedingly good!). ParentPay is now live for the deposit payment – if your child’s account is not showing the Tour please let Mr Butler know and his/her name will be added.

URGENT Meeting – Friends of UVHS

We have just received the quotes for the proposed Wind Band tour to Belgium in July 2020 and therefore need to hold a meeting of the ‘ Friends’ as soon as possible. This will be held THIS Thursday (3rd October) from 6pm-7pm in the Meeting Room in A Block.  All interested parents/carers are more than welcome to attend.

Other items to be discussed (given time) will be finance, fundraising, bookings and a review of last year.

NYJO Academy (Cumbria)

Cumbria Music Hub has secured a year’s partnership with the amazing National Youth Jazz Orchestra – those who have been lucky enough to go on workshops with them before will agree that the days are not only a great learning experience but great fun as well. I really recommend any player in the Swing Band should try and attend at least some of the sessions.

The days for the year are:  28 September, 2 November, 25 January, 14 March, 2 May & 20 June. And they take place at the North Lakes School (10am-4pm) in Penrith so car-sharing for participating students would be an idea!

To sign up (it’s free), go here: https://cumbriamusichub.com/2019/09/09/national-youth-jazz-orchestra-cumbria-academy/

Instrumental Lessons

All instrumental lessons start up again from Monday 16th September.  Times are posted on the Music noticeboard outside A14.

Please could all students check the day/time of their lesson and make sure they are on time, signing in at reception beforehand.

Mondays:   guitars, drums, piano & flute

Tuesdays:  strings, brass, piano & flute

Wednesdays:   singing, woodwind, piano & flute

Thursdays:   woodwind, brass, piano & flute

Fridays:  guitars, woodwind, piano & flute

UVHS Full School Choir

Choir is back!!!!   This year led by our amazing singing teacher, Mrs Eccles.

All are welcome – no need to be shy!  We’re starting with a bit of Mamma Mia…so come and be a Super Trouper!

Tomorrow (Friday) lunchtime from 12.55-1.25pm in the Stoller Suite (A11). Early lunch passes are available from the Music Office.