Music Department's Blog (65)

School Orchestra Open Music Fund Raiser.

The school orchestra today got four days of fundraising off to a great start by opening the Stradbroke High School 'Musicathon'. Over the course of this week, numerous musicians from across the school are performing to raise money and awareness for both 'Children in Need' and the Syrian refugee crisis. The event has been organised by the new school council called VOSH (Voice of Stradbroke High). 

Added by Music Department on November 9, 2015 at 19:38 — No Comments

Informal Music Performance Evening.

On Tuesday 29th September a number of our gifted Year 10 and 11 musicians invited friends and family to an informal performance evening organised by the music department. The students, who are all studying music at G.C.S.E level, provided a varied and polished evening of entertainment. 

Solo piano performances from Jamie Hurren and Joseph Most demonstrated an accomplished maturity at the keyboard. There were also expressive vocal solos from Courtney Chilvers, Jessica Rutherford and…

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Added by Music Department on September 30, 2015 at 18:43 — No Comments

Outstanding G.C.S.E Music Results

Well done to all of the Year 11 musicians of 2015 on your fantastic achievements in the subject at G.C.S.E. You have been a joy to teach over the course of five years and I wish you every success for the future!

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

Mr Williams

Head of Music.

Added by Music Department on August 20, 2015 at 18:00 — No Comments

Samba Group

Stradbroke's sizzling samba sensation. Always a highlight at any Stradbroke concert and now in its third year, the samba group returns for 2015/16. Come along and get into the groove. New members welcome! Meets every Wednesday after school in the music room 3.50pm - 4.50pm. Workshops start on…

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Added by Music Department on July 17, 2015 at 17:00 — No Comments

Stradbroke Summer Concert 2015

A capacity audience filled the main hall on a beautiful summer’s evening on the 2nd July. They were treated to an eclectic programme which highlighted the quality of musicianship amongst the pupils of Stradbroke High School.

Highly polished performances from the brass ensemble, samba group, choir and orchestra were enhanced by the fabulous ‘Orange Blues’ and a range of soloists. Particularly memorable were the brass solos of Josh Ryan and Jack Gionis and the vocal rendition…

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Added by Music Department on July 3, 2015 at 17:00 — No Comments

Year 5 Pyramid Music Day

On Tuesday 30th June, the music department welcomed over sixty excited and enthusiastic Year 5 pupils from our feeder primary schools to our annual music day. 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, vocals, percussion and composing on Apple iMac…

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Added by Music Department on June 30, 2015 at 17:30 — No Comments

Performing and Creative Arts Showcase

The creative and performing arts were celebrated in true style on the evening of March 5th with our first showcase event. A large number of pupils from across the school came together to participate in an exciting mix of dance, drama and music. The event was enhanced further by a fantastic display of work from the art and technology departments.

Drama students from Year 8 presented work that they had been refining on the theme of 'March', whilst Year 10 presented a piece on how…

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Added by Music Department on March 7, 2015 at 17:30 — No Comments

Gifted and Talented Music Recital Evening.

Gifted and talented musicians from Year 7 up to Year 11 came together on the evening of Thursday 29th January to perform for parents and friends in our first recital evening. This new event is in addition to our regular concert programme, and was devised to allow an even greater number of our talented musicians to showcase and celebrate their musical gifts.

A wide variety of music from differing genres and periods was performed, ranging from Handel and Stanford and Einaudi…

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Added by Music Department on January 30, 2015 at 18:00 — No Comments

Stradbroke Christmas Concert 2014

The festive season arrived in style at Stradbroke on the 4th December, when a large and appreciative audience filled the main hall for our Christmas concert. The evening began with a polished jazz inspired arrangement of ‘Santa Claus is Coming to Town’ performed by the Orchestra. The wide variety of ensembles and soloists that performed was testament to the quality of musical talent that exists at Stradbroke. Performances by the three brass ensembles, flute…

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Added by Music Department on December 5, 2014 at 12:30 — No Comments

GSCE Music Success

Many congratulations to the musicians of 2014 on your fantastic GCSE results. You should all be very proud of your achievements.

 

The music department achieved an A* - C pass rate of 85%.

 

Well done and good luck for the future.

Added by Music Department on August 28, 2014 at 9:00 — No Comments

Stradbroke High School Summer Concert 2014

An appreciative audience filled the main hall for our annual summer concert. A varied programme highlighted the breadth and depth of musical talent that exists in abundance at Stradbroke.

Polished performances from the choir, brass ensembles and orchestra were enhanced by confident solos and duets. Particularly memorable was Steve Cook’s technically assured performance on cornet of Handel’s Sonata in B flat.

In addition to the creativity exhibited by the ‘Amplifier’ groups, it…

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Added by Music Department on July 3, 2014 at 19:00 — No Comments

Stradbroke Pyramid Music Day

On Tuesday 1st July, over seventy five excited and enthusiastic Year 5 pupils from our feeder primary schools arrived at Stradbroke High for our annual pyramid music day. They took part in a variety of performance and composition workshops across the morning. The day culminated in a mini concert, where the primary school children were treated to performances by Year 7 saxophonists, the high school orchestra and the intermediate brass ensemble. This was followed by a massed performance by the…

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Added by Music Department on July 1, 2014 at 15:00 — No Comments

Northern Area Gala Concert

Well done to Mrs Ryan and the Stradbroke Band who performed brilliantly on Friday 9th May at the Marina Theatre, Lowestoft. The evening was organised by Suffolk County Music Service and saw musicians from the North Suffolk String Ensemble, North Suffolk Youth Concert Band as well as our own band performing a varied selection of music. The Stradbroke Band rehearses every Friday in term time at Stradbroke High School.

Added by Music Department on May 10, 2014 at 15:51 — No Comments

Year 8 Visit to Aldeburgh Music

On Wednesday 7th May as part of an enhanced learning day, Year 8 visited the internationally acclaimed music facilities at Snape Maltings. The guided tour included a visit to the wonderful concert hall with its amazing acoustics, as well as a look around the rest of the complex. The pupils also developed their understanding of the life and music of Benjamin Britten. Many thanks to the education team at Aldeburgh Music for an enlightening visit.

Mr J. Williams

Head of Music.

Added by Music Department on May 8, 2014 at 11:00 — No Comments

Stradbroke musicians perform at First World War centenary event.

Musicians from Stradbroke High School performed at a memorable event to mark the centenary of the First World War. The day was organised by the Laxfield and District Museum, and took place in Laxfield on Saturday 3rd May. Music of the period was performed to an appreciative audience by children from the Stradbroke Pyramid Brass Band, conducted by Ruth Ryan. In addition, the school's 'Amplifier Group' performed two moving compositions of their own creation, which perfectly encapsulated the…

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Added by Music Department on May 3, 2014 at 17:00 — No Comments

Stradbroke High School Christmas Concert 2013

Stradbroke High School Christmas Concert

 

An enthusiastic audience packed the main hall on the 5th of December for the annual Christmas Concert. Over seventy pupils from Year 7 all the way up to Year 11 took part, to convey aspects of the Christmas story through music. The range of music ensembles and soloists that performed was testament to the fact that music is really cherished and enjoyed by Stradbroke…

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Added by Music Department on December 6, 2013 at 20:00 — No Comments

Stradbroke High School pupil hits the high notes with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra.

Many congratulations to Steve Cook in Year 11, who performed with the Suffolk Youth Brass Ensemble at the Ipswich Regent Theatre on the 18th of October, alongside principal brass players from The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra. Steve was one of only fifteen brass players selected from across the county to perform in this prestigious event. This was a wonderful opportunity for young Suffolk musicians to be taught by, and perform with professional brass players of international standing.

Added by Music Department on October 19, 2013 at 10:37 — No Comments

Peripatetic Music Lessons at Stradbroke.

A reminder to all instrumentalists that peripatetic music lessons start again during the week beginning the 9th of September. Please check your lesson times on the music corridor notice board.

Thanks

Mr Williams

Added by Music Department on August 27, 2013 at 11:00 — No Comments

Recommended Listening for Year 11 GCSE Musicians.

The John Wilson Orchestra will be performing a superb programme of American film music from the twentieth century on the 26th of August as part of the BBC proms season at the Royal Albert Hall. This is a must for budding GCSE musicians, as we will be studying film music as part of the course. Enjoy.

Mr Williams

Added by Music Department on August 24, 2013 at 10:00 — No Comments

Outstanding GCSE Music Results

Many congratulations to the music class of 2013 on your superb results. You should all be very proud of your achievements.

The music department achieved an A*-C pass rate of 90.9%.

Well done and good luck for the future.

Mr Williams

Added by Music Department on August 22, 2013 at 10:30 — No Comments

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