Monthly Archives: November 2021

Today’s Gig

Congratulations to the Combo/Little Big Band for today’s first gig! You all did brilliantly and it was very well received by the venue and audience. The first performance of the year is always the hardest (and most nerve-wracking), but as you were a totally new band with only a few weeks of rehearsals behind you (and 20-odd months of no group playing at all) you really did exceed all expectation and did yourselves proud!!!!

Next stop – Dickensian Festival!

P.S. – many thanks to those who came to school afterwards to help unload the van – I am afraid I will have to ask for assistance every time we do a gig as I am not currently allowed to lift anything heavy. In the future (including next week) I will again have to ask for assistance if we are to re-establish our calendar for the Combo and the Swing Band. So … if any members of the Swing Band are able to come to school after next week’s performance to help unload, please do so.

Music Bursaries – Awards for Young Musicians

AYM are continuing to welcome applications from young musicians to their Awards programme. Whatever musical genre they make or create in, an AYM Award provides:

  • Financial help
  • Opportunities, events and advice
  • A UK-wide musical community

Young musicians hoping to join the programme and access funding from January 2022 should apply by the end of November. If you’re supporting a young person to apply for an Award, now would be a great time to remind them to complete their application here:

Award winners will receive between £100 and £2,000 towards their musical costs and access our programme of opportunities. We’ve some exciting plans for 2022, including:

·         Regular online events, including creative workshops, careers, fundraising and other advice 

·         Q and As with professional performers, composers, producers, songwriters and music leaders, and more! 

·         In-person music making, including our 2022 Awards Day and other get togethers  

·         Mentoring programmes with some exciting music industry partners  

·         Performance and composing opportunities

The Awards programme is means tested and open to young musicians age 5-17. Updated information on eligibility and how to apply can be found via these links: 

Is this for me? 

How do I apply? 


Dickensian Festival – Swing Band

Swing Band will be playing at Market Cross in town for the finale of the Saturday of Dickensian 4pm – 5.15pm. Please could students be there by 3.45pm to help set up. Everyone needs to be dressed warm – Music/Performing Arts/School hoodies if you have them as well as gloves (it will be cold!!!!!!!!!!!!!).

Set list below:

UVHS Christmas Festival – tickets

Here it is………………………….. Tickets are now available for the Christmas Festival on Tuesday 14th December. Junior Band will be playing from 7pm-7.20pm as the audience arrives; then the Wind Band leads the rest of the evening with additional performances from the String Ensemble, Choir, Clarinet Choir, Flute Choir, Sax Ensemble and Brass Ensemble, as well as lots of audience carols and festive readings. Seasonal entertainment for all the family!!!!!

Little Big Band (Combo) Gig – Saturday

A reminder that the Little Big Band will be playing at the newly refurbished Farmers Arms for their Winter Fair on Saturday – 2pm-3pm.

Could all players get there by 1.45pm – uniform is Swing Band shirt and own choice bottoms/footwear as I think we’re playing inside? However, if the hoodies have arrived by then and you have ordered one, please bring that as well or a warm outer layer, just for if we are outside.

Wind Band – earlier finish tomorrow

Wind Band rehearsal will finish at the earlier time of 4.45pm tomorrow.

On another note, this year’s UVHS Christmas Festival has just been given the go-ahead from a Health & Safety perspective. It will be on Tuesday 14th December at 7.30pm in The Coro, however, tickets cannot be bought from The Coro – as soon as we have set up online booking through a company we will get the details out to parents. Capacity will be slightly reduced both in the Balcony and in the Stalls to allow for a little distancing, but seating will be unreserved.

Swing Band Gig!!!

Our first Swing Band engagement of the year will be for Ulverston Dickensian Festival (assuming it goes ahead). We are playing from 4.15pm-5.15pm at the Market Cross on Saturday 27th November.

Please arrive by 3.50pm to set up the equipment. Concert uniform – warm!!! ‘6th Form Perf Arts’ hoodies for those that have them (with several layers underneath and gloves)

Jazz Combo Gig!!

Our first gig of the year with the Jazz Combo will be on Saturday 20th November for the Winter Fair in The Farmers Arms @ Lowick – 12.30-1.30pm.

Please arrive by 12.00 midday to set up the equipment. Concert uniform tbc (but probably 6th Form Perf Arts hoodies if everyone has them)