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Stradbroke Musicians Inspired by Benjamin Britten

The music department would like to express sincere thanks to the Britten-Pears Foundation for allowing Year 10 musicians to visit 'The Red House' in Aldeburgh on the morning of the 21st February. We truly relished the chance to explore the home of Benjamin Britten; Suffolk's greatest musical son, and one of the greatest British composers of all time. What a truly wonderful experience it was; indeed the whole place is so atmospheric that we felt that Britten himself could have…

Added by Music Department on February 21, 2018 at 20:30 — No Comments

Music Success for Talented Stradbroke Students

Many congratulations to the following students who achieved success in their recent music examinations:

Annalise Rolfe passed her grade 3 pianoforte exam with merit.

Felix Atkinson passed his grade 1 pianoforte exam with merit.

Heidi Bevan passed her grade 3 pianoforte exam with merit.

Elsie Franklin passed her grade 3 flute exam with merit.

Ena Ayers passed her grade 1 flute exam.

Lee Chilvers passed his grade 5 cornet exam with…


Added by Music Department on February 3, 2018 at 12:19 — No Comments

Stradbroke High School Christmas Concert 2017

Stradbroke High School musicians celebrated the arrival of Christmas in style with their annual Christmas concert in the main hall. An appreciative audience was treated to a festive mix of favourites from across a range of genres and periods. This year, a variety of soloists were joined by smaller groups, as well as the brass ensemble, orchestra, choir and amplifier group.

Beautifully expressive vocal solos from Annalise Rolfe and Charlotte Watson, as well as a sensitive vocal…


Added by Music Department on December 30, 2017 at 16:00 — No Comments

Stradbroke Pyramid Carol Service 2017

Pupils from our local primary schools celebrated in joyful song this evening with the orchestra from the high school as accompaniment.

In front of a packed hall full of children, teachers and families, Mr Axtell began the evening with some (dreadful) Christmas Cracker jokes before…


Added by Music Department on December 8, 2017 at 19:30 — No Comments

Musical Excellence for Spencer

Many congratulations to Spencer Pretty-Kent in Year 10, who has just passed his Grade 4 pianoforte examination with distinction. This is an excellent achievement as Spencer embarks on his G.C.S.E Music studies with confidence. Thanks go to Miss Hawood, who guided him through the demands of the syllabus for this exam.

Added by Music Department on September 12, 2017 at 18:00 — No Comments

Brass Examination Success

During the Summer music examination season, the following pupils were successful in their brass grades:

Reuben Maguire (Year 7) passed Grade 2 cornet with merit, Emily Goddard (Year 8) passed Grade 2 cornet with merit, Emily Havers (Year 9) passed Grade 2 trombone with merit, Lily Hunter (Year 9) passed Grade 2 cornet with merit, and Charlotte Watson passed Grade 3 baritone horn. Many congratulations to all pupils for their hard work and achievement, and many thanks to Mrs…


Added by Music Department on September 11, 2017 at 20:00 — No Comments

Musical Joy for Josie and Jessica

Many congratulations to Josie Palmer in Year 7 and Jessica McInnes in Year 8 on their recent music exam success. Josie passed her Grade 4 Tenor Horn exam with distinction, and Jessica passed her Grade 4 Cornet exam with distinction. This is a fantastic achievement for both girls, and demonstrates their excellence in the subject. Well done!

Added by Music Department on September 8, 2017 at 19:00 — No Comments

Outstanding Music Results for Class of 2017

Well done to all of the Year 11 musicians of 2017 on your fantastic achievements in the subject at G.C.S.E. You have been an absolute joy to teach over the course of five years and I wish you all the very best for the future!

The music department achieved an A*-C pass rate of 88%, with an A*-A pass rate of 38%.

Mr Williams

Head of Music.

Added by Music Department on August 24, 2017 at 11:00 — No Comments

Stradbroke Pyramid Music Morning 2017

On Tuesday 4th July, the music department at Stradbroke High School welcomed over sixty excited and enthusiastic Year 5 pupils from our feeder primary schools to our annual music morning. The vast majority brought the musical instruments that they are learning at primary school in order to take a full and active part in the day.

A varied range of workshops allowed all pupils to experience and enjoy an eclectic mix of music. These sessions consisted of brass/woodwind/percussion…


Added by Music Department on July 17, 2017 at 16:55 — No Comments

Stradbroke High School's Summer Concert 2017

An appreciative audience of family and friends filled the main hall on Thursday 29th June for our annual summer concert. The evening opened with an enthusiastic performance of 'La Bamba' by the school's orchestra. Talented soloists included vocalist Annalise Rolfe, who sang Adele's 'Someone Like You',  whilst Lee Chilvers demonstrated his awesome gift on drums by creating and performing a 'percussive mash up'.  Members of the school choir performed a medley of four songs from the…


Added by Music Department on July 1, 2017 at 16:00 — No Comments

Stradbroke Students Perform at Prestigious 'Raising the Bar' Awards

Talented performing arts students from Stradbroke High School were invited by Suffolk County Council to open the county's prestigious 'Raising the Bar' education awards evening at Trinity Park in Ipswich on Monday 26th June. This annual event celebrates the success, achievements and hard work shown by individuals and educational organisations in Suffolk. Stradbroke High School was runner up in 2016 in the category of educational environment of the year.

Drama and music students from…


Added by Music Department on June 30, 2017 at 18:30 — No Comments

Excellence for Evie.

Many congratulations to Evie Franklin in Year 7, who has just passed her Grade 1 pianoforte examination with distinction. Evie gained a fantastic 142 marks out of a possible 150!

Added by Music Department on June 28, 2017 at 19:22 — No Comments

Music Examination Success for Annalise and Marty

Many congratulations to two more talented Stradbroke musicians on their recent examination success. Annalise Rolfe in Year 8 passed her Associated Board Grade 1 pianoforte exam with distinction, and Marty Gionis passed his Trinity Grade 7 trombone exam with merit.

Added by Music Department on April 21, 2017 at 22:19 — No Comments

ISM Award for Music Department

Stradbroke High School awarded Silver Certificate by the Incorporated Society of Musicians

Stradbroke High School has been awarded the ISM / ISM Trust’s Silver Certificate. This means that more than 15% of all the school’s GCSE students achieved an A* to C in GCSE music. This award for achievement in music places Stradbroke High in the top 129 schools in the whole country.

Deborah Annetts, Chief Executive of the ISM – the professional body for…


Added by Music Department on April 21, 2017 at 22:00 — No Comments

Pulling Out the Stops for a Creative Community Project.

A group of Year 8 and Year 11 students have been involved in a creative project involving both the music and art departments, that will eventually see a historic pipe organ restored. The 'Father' Willis organ at St. Peter and St. Paul's church in Fressingfield is being brought back to its former glory through both grants and fundraising activities. As part of the project, the group of pupils attended a workshop at All Saints Church in Stradbroke, where Mr Julian Haggett (Organist of St.…


Added by Music Department on April 12, 2017 at 12:30 — No Comments

More Music Success for Talented Stradbroke Musicians.

Many congratulations to a number of gifted young Stradbroke musicians, who have achieved success in the Spring Term music examination period. Jessica McInnes in Year 7 has passed her Grade 3 cornet exam with merit, and Emily Goddard also in Year 7 has passed her grade 1 cornet with merit. Charlotte Watson in Year 8 passed her Grade 2 violoncello exam with merit, and Spencer Pretty-Kent passed his grade 3 baritone exam with merit. In addition, Heidi Bevan in Year 9 gained a distinction in her…


Added by Music Department on March 31, 2017 at 19:30 — No Comments

Exam Success for Marty.

Many congratulations to Marty Gionis in Year 11, who has successfully achieved a merit in his recent Grade 7 trombone exam. Our talented Head Boy also plays the piano, organ and cello, and has recently won a scholarship to continue his studies at Framlingham College next year. Well done.

Added by Music Department on March 15, 2017 at 19:30 — No Comments

Music Scholarship Success for Stradbroke Student Joseph Most

Many congratulations to Joseph Most in Year 11, who has been awarded a music scholarship to study at Framlingham College next year. Joseph, who plays trumpet and piano, impressed college staff with his talent for music. He is currently taking one of the leading roles in Stradbroke's full school production of 'The Sound of Music', which has been playing to a packed house across several nights this month. We are thrilled with Joseph's achievement and wish him well for when he starts his 'A'…


Added by Music Department on February 25, 2017 at 16:00 — No Comments

Fantastic first night for 'The Sound of Music'

Many congratulations to the cast, musicians, sound, tech and stage crew on an awesome first night of 'The Sound of Music'. You all shone as true professionals; it was brilliant. If this was the first night, then Friday will be amazing! Well done.

Mr Williams

Added by Music Department on February 23, 2017 at 8:44 — No Comments

First Class Honours for Jack James

Many congratulations to former Stradbroke High School musician Jack Benjamin James, who was recently awarded a first class honours degree in music production from York St. John University. Jack, who is an outstanding musician, gained an A* in his GCSE music at Stradbroke.  As well as being an active singer/songwriter, releasing original music in a folk/rock style, Jack is also a producer, specialising in songwriting, compositional development and recording. Jack has worked with an…


Added by Music Department on February 18, 2017 at 19:30 — No Comments

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