Clap For Our Carers

This Thursday at 8pm, as part of the national ‘Clap For Our Carers’ campaign, various music organisations have called for musicians up and down the country to get their instruments (or voices) out and perform ‘Somewhere Over The Rainbow’ from their doorstep. Below is a simple arrangement for up to 3 instruments (so the family can get involved if there are several players in your household) – next Thursday, the National Youth Orchestra and other youth music organisations have called on their members to play the ‘Ode to Joy’ from Beethoven’s 9th Symphony – I will post a similar arrangement here prior to that.

Keep Practising!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Hello all – I hope everyone is ‘surviving’ during these trying times? Just a reminder to all students to keep practising so that whenever we do go back to school we can all hit the ground running both in terms of individual performance and the ensembles/bands.

To help with this, the Royal Marines are going to be streaming live masterclasses given by their top instrumentalists (11am on selected days) – I strongly urge students to try and get involved in the relevant sessions – details below:

Lunchtime Rehearsals

With the exception of Junior Band and Choir, lunchtime Music rehearsals are cancelled this week in order to allow GCSE and A Level students time in the Stoller Suite to complete their composition coursework. The GCSE deadline is THIS Thursday.

Rehearsals, tour etc.

Wind Band and Swing Band rehearsals go ahead as normal this coming week. If everyone who is able to do so can attend that would be fantastic as, for Wind Band in particular, we will start work on the additional repertoire for tour.

Swing Band’s next concert (at Holker) at the end of April has been cancelled.

TOUR – at the moment this is still going ahead.  In terms of insurance, we will only get our money back if the government extends the ban on school trips abroad OR Belgium refuses to accept group visits in July. We must, at the moment, continue as normal in terms of planning.

Marines Visit – we have now managed to get a refund from Premier Inn for Friday night, which has recouped £1800.  Obviously we are out-of-pocket in terms of income from the whole weekend as we would have expected to profit by about £1,500 (at least half of which would have been the raffle) – which does affect tour a little. However, we are investigating the possibility of the visit happening in early July.

Refunds – The Coronation Hall are dealing with refunds for Saturday night’s concert. For the Friday night event, if you would like a refund, please send your tickets in to the Music Office with your child and we will give a cash refund.Start writing or type / to choose a block

Marines’ Visit Postponed

As you may well have heard by now, we have been forced to cancel the visit of the Royal Marines this weekend. The school knows only too well how much time and effort has been put in (as always) by the musicians in the Wind and Swing Bands over the past couple of months to prepare for the two concerts, but the advice we have received has left us in no option but to call them off.

The Marines very much see this as a postponement rather than a cancellation and we will be working hard over the next month or two to re-arrange a weekend.

This Weekend

We had a fantastic Wind Band rehearsal yesterday evening and a superb drum rehearsal today, so everything is looking good for a spectacular concert on Saturday – as well as a great Dance Band evening on Friday.  Couple of points:

Wind Band has another rehearsal on Thursday until 5pm; invited players for the Massed band rehearsal need to be at The Coro at 3.45pm on Friday; Swing Band players need to get to the Coro at 7pm on Friday.  All details for both days are on the post from last Monday.

RAFFLE: I have 4 really good raffle prizes but could do with a couple more – if anyone has anything please could it be sent to the Music Office by Friday morning?  Also, I need volunteers to sell raffle tickets and programmes on Saturday evening: doors open at 6.40pm, so you need to be at The Coro just before then.

Marines Dance Band Social

We still have a few tickets left for the Marines Dance Band social on Friday 13th March at The Coro.  It is a fantastic evening of entertainment from UVHS Swing Band and then the Marines with lots of fun, food and dancing.

Oh well … best laid plans and all that!

Due to the ‘snow day’ today, Wind Band is obviously not on this afternoon, and the GCSE Performance exams are also postponed – these will now take place TOMORROW MORNING.

Attached is the text of the letter which was to have been given out at band today – please notice the slight change of times of rehearsals to compensate for today.