Congratulations Everyone!!

Just a quick message to say “WELL DONE” to all the students performing in last night’s Summer Concert. I was SO proud of each and every one of the musicians and (if you hadn’t noticed) was quite emotional getting back to the Coro and being able to stage a full concert again.

I hope that everyone enjoyed performing and, despite the initial nerves, are now looking forward to next year’s concerts.

Also – huge thanks to the Little Big Band for their gig at the Coast Roads Festival last weekend as well as at the Sponsored Walk this afternoon: great performances at both, especially today in the heat.

Happy Summer Holidays to everyone and here’s to next year, with the Christmas Festival, the Marines’ concert and the Wind Band Tour in July 2023.

Little Big Band – tomorrow

A reminder to all members of the Little Big Band that they need to be at the music Dept by midday tomorrow (Monday) for our gig in school. Dress is non-uniform (but please wear lanyards – including yr13 & yr11). Remember sunscreen, water & shades!!!!!

We will be playing almost the same set as Coast Roads Festival.

Volunteers for Tomorrow

If one or two parents are able to get to The Coro by 6.15pm tomorrow to help on the door & raffle I would be very grateful – likewise one or two yr13 musicians for programmes/door/raffle.

Many thanks – PS: get-in at The Coro is at 1.30pm if any sixth-formers are available.

Help Needed (Yr11-13)

Hello all 11-13 students – I will need help loading the van on Friday afternoon from 3.30pm-4pm, and then unloading it and setting the stage on Sunday at The Coro from 1.30pm-3pm.

We have to take ALL of both the Swing Band and Wind Band equipment to The Coro and set it up (as well as chairs) so it is a fairly big job – one I cannot do no my own, especially with a hernia and a ‘shot’ knee.

Thank you in advance!!!!!

Wind Band – reminder

A reminder that we have our last Wind Band rehearsal of the year tomorrow (3.30-5.15pm). Please could EVERYONE make a special effort to be there? Also, we need to attract as large an audience as possible, so please, please, please spread the word as much as possible and post the poster on social media…

Summer Concert Letter

This is the letter that has been given out to all players in the Wind Band, Swing Band, Junior Band & Choir over the last 2 weeks. All details for the Summer Concert on Sunday 17th are here – and a reminder that tickets are available from the Music Office.

Rehearsal Schedule – July

Here are the rehearsals between now and the end of term – the main concerts are the Combo at the Coast Roads Festival and, of course, the Summer Concert. Full attendance at these rehearsals in ESSENTIAL (we have still to have a full Wind Band rehearsal in 2022!). Junior Band will continue to rehearse on Thursday lunchtimes, and Choir on Fridays.

Fri 1st July        Swing Band     3.30-4.35pm

Mon 4th July    Wind Band      3.30pm-4.45pm

Wed 6th July    Combo             3.30-5.00pm

Thu 7th July      Combo             3.30-5.00pm

Sat 9th July      Combo @ CoastRoads Festival, 3-4.30pm

Mon 11th July  Wind Band      3.30-5.15pm

Fri 15th July      Swing Band     3.30pm-4.35pm

Sun 17th July   SUMMER CONCERT @ The Coro, 7pm

Summer Concert – Tickets on Sale

Tickets are now on sale for the Summer Concert on Sunday 17th July @ 7pm in the Coronation Hall (£6 adult / £2 children/students). The concert will feature the Junior Band, Swing Band, Chamber Choir and Wind Band (who will also perform a ‘Jubilee Finale’).

Students can come to the Music Office to buy them, or they can be ordered by emailing rbu@uvhs.uk (where tickets can be left at school reception for collection). Alternatively, tickets will also be available on the door.

Please ‘spread the word’ as far and wide as possible amongst friends, family, colleagues and social media (feel free to us the poster below).

Attendance at Rehearsals

Dear All – I fully realise that years 11 & 13 are still in their exam season and fully justified in missing rehearsals until next week, but this evening’s Wind Band rehearsal saw a lot of absence from other year groups leading to just a half-strength band (who played brilliantly!). Most of the absent students were actually in school today and, although they may have had a good reason for missing the rehearsal, only one student actually came to tell me.

We have a big concert in less than 4 weeks and, even though the quality of the band has developed beyond belief, I have not had an actual full band in rehearsal since Christmas. I am also in the process of planning a concert tour to Holland in July 2023 for the Wind Band, but cannot do this if some are going to see rehearsals as optional.

Please, please, please get to rehearsals over the final 3 weeks.

Thank you.