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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

Jack Gionis off to study at the Royal College of Music

The Music Department sends many congratulations to former Deputy Head Boy Jack Gionis who has been awarded a scholarship to study Composition at The Royal College of Music in London. We are thrilled to see a talented Stradbroke musician recognised by one of the foremost conservatoires in the world.  Jack made an outstanding contribution to music and extra-curricular activities at Stradbroke High School which supported his successful application for a Pembroke Scholarship at Framlingham…


Added by Music Department on February 10, 2017 at 11:00 — No Comments

Stradbroke is alive with 'The Sound of Music'.

The new year has begun with much energy and enthusiasm as students in the creative and performing arts subjects at Stradbroke High gear up for their forthcoming full school production of Rodgers and Hammerstein's 'The Sound of Music'. Following on from the huge success of 'Joseph' last year, a gifted and committed cast are busy working to refine their acting and singing skills for this classic musical. Tickets go on sale at the end of the month for the performances that will take place at…


Added by Music Department on January 9, 2017 at 19:02 — No Comments

Examination Success for Stradbroke Musicians

Many congratulations to the following students for their achievement in the recent music examinations:

Lewis Rogers  Grade 3  Acoustic Guitar: Merit.

Heidi Bevan    Grade 1  Pianoforte:  Distinction.

Charlie Pipe    Grade 1  Pianoforte:  Distinction.

Added by Music Department on December 13, 2016 at 14:18 — No Comments

Stradbroke Pyramid Carol Service

Pupils from all our local primary schools celebrated in joyful song this evening with the orchestra and vocalists 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 9, 2016 at 21:30 — No Comments

Stradbroke High School Christmas Concert 2016

Stradbroke musicians celebrated the arrival of Christmas in style with their annual Christmas concert in the main hall. An appreciative audience of parents and friends was treated to a polished festive selection of favourites from across a range of genres and periods. Soloists were joined by the school orchestra, choir, massed brass ensemble, samba ensemble, amplifier group and hand bell ensemble.

Skye Lintott and Courtney Debenham performed a beautiful arrangement of 'O Holy Night',…


Added by Music Department on December 7, 2016 at 10:30 — No Comments

Music Success for Marty

Many congratulations to our Head Boy, Marty Gionis, on being accepted into the County Youth Orchestra. The talented Stradbroke High Year 11 musician, who plays a number of instruments, successfully auditioned for the brass section on trombone. Well done.

Added by Music Department on November 14, 2016 at 18:06 — No Comments

Summer Weekend of Music for Stradbroke Pupils

Many congratulations to members of the Stradbroke High School orchestra for their fantastic contribution to two community events this weekend. On Saturday 10th September, they provided part of the musical entertainment at the 'Worlingworth Celebrates' event, which marked the 25th anniversary of the opening of Worlingworth Community Centre. They performed brilliantly as did Worlingworth Primary School choir to a very appreciative audience.

On Sunday 11th September members of the…


Added by Music Department on September 11, 2016 at 17:00 — No Comments

Stradbroke Music Exam Success for Brass Players

Congratulations to Mrs Ryan and the following Stradbroke brass players on their success in the recent summer music examinations.

Emily Havers           Grade 1 Trombone     Merit.

Lily Hunter             Grade 1 Cornet           Merit.

Ruby McCabe         Grade 1 Cornet           Merit.

Jessica McInnes       Grade 1 Cornet           Distinction

Eden Perkins           Grade 1 Cornet        …


Added by Music Department on September 11, 2016 at 16:52 — No Comments

Outstanding Results for Stradbroke Year 11 Musicians

The talented Year 11 musicians of 2016 are celebrating after receiving their excellent results. The GCSE A*-C pass rate for music was a fantastic 100%, with 36% of students achieving A*-A.  Head of Music, Jonathan Williams said 'I am absolutely thrilled for the class of 2016. There were some outstanding results from Courtney Chilvers, Daniel Gibbs, Jamie Hurren and Jessica Rutherford, but the whole class have worked extremely hard and fully deserve this success. We wish them all the very…


Added by Music Department on August 26, 2016 at 10:30 — No Comments

EMI Music Sound Foundation Grant Awarded to Stradbroke High School

The music department has successfully been awarded a grant from the EMI Music Sound Foundation to assist with an outreach project. The grant has allowed the school to purchase a number of woodwind instruments to support the development of woodwind teaching in some of our feeder primary schools. It will therefore allow those pupils who otherwise might never have the opportunity to learn the flute or clarinet, to have access to a good quality musical instrument. Head of Music, Jonathan…


Added by Music Department on August 17, 2016 at 15:30 — No Comments

Summer Concert in All Saints Church, Stradbroke.

Our summer musical celebration took place on the 7th July at All Saints Church.

The concert opened with a high energy medley of three songs from the musical 'Joseph' as a tribute to the fabulous full school production earlier in the year. In addition to the orchestra, there were also contributions from…


Added by Music Department on July 12, 2016 at 16:30 — No Comments

Exam Success for Year 8 Musicians.

Many congratulations to Spencer Pretty-Kent and Morgan Roper in their recent music exams. Spencer passed grade 3 pianoforte with merit, and Morgan passed grade 2 saxophone with distinction. It is great to see that their hard work and commitment to music paid off with these excellent results. Well done.

Added by Music Department on May 7, 2016 at 20:03 — No Comments

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