After the first week of music tuition and with rehearsals all getting back to normal, I thought I’d give you some updates. Also, the Calendar attached to this site is about to be updated with the bookings that we have already got this year – please make sure that you are aware of dates.

WIND BAND – what a great start to the new year. We are already working on some new pieces and will be starting on the Christmas repertoire very soon. Well done to all the players, especially newcomers and those sitting in new positions. It is promising to be a really good year and another concert tour is on the books for the last week of the Summer Term 2024 (more details to follow).

SWING BAND – WOW!!!! Fantastic! Especially considering the ‘new look’ sax sections and new rotation system in the trumpet section. Congratulations are also due to Jaden, Briony and Freya who all performed great solo voice auditions on Friday with the band (despite the nerves!) and have all ‘got the job’! Also a huge well done to the Little Big Band (again quite a few new players) which gave its debut performance last Thursday at Lower School Prizegiving and will again be playing at Open Evening this Thursday.

CHOIRS – a solid start for whole-school choir, although we are still missing some singers from rehearsals (yr11 singing students!!). We are already looking at the repertoire for the Christmas Festival. 6th Form Chamber Choir will re-launch this Wednesday (1.25-1.50pm) led by both myself and Mrs Eccles and will have some of their own engagements in December – this is really exciting as we have not see this ensemble since 2019.

STRINGS – it is fantastic that Mrs Ball is re-developing string provision at UVHS and it is a delight to see so many more students now learning violin/viola/cello. We are also re-launching the UVHS String Quartet (which hasn’t been functional for many years).

JUNIOR BAND – Great to see this group re-start last week BUT we are missing a few players. A friendly reminder that all yr7-9 wind players who have lessons in school and/or are in Wind Band MUST attend.

ENSEMBLES – gradually getting under way. I must apologise that I have been unavailable at lunchtimes so far due to my visits to primary schools. Once Open Evening is out of the way (this Thursday) all of the ensembles will be up and running, including the return of the Drum Corps!!!!

Well done to all the students who have made such a great start to the year, and thank you to all parents for their support. Details of tickets for Christmas and the Marines will be out in a couple of weeks.

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