Music Department Newsletter – May 2009


Congratulations to all who were successful in individual Music exams, including the following girls who all passed grade 8 with distinction - an outstanding achievement: Erika Holden -violin, Alice Hoole - saxophone, Mary Price - oboe, Rachel Tooley - oboe. Alice Hoole is now in the exceptional position of having three grade 8s - flute, saxophone and piano.


A Cappella Visit to Guildford Cathedral - 4th April

A Cappella visited Guildford Cathedral in the holidays to sing Evensong. We all had a delightful day out, shopping and looking around Guildford before being given a tour of the cathedral, rehearsing and singing the service. We were very grateful to Mr Fay for playing the organ and to our male singers for travelling to be with us. The choir sang beautifully and very much enjoyed the opportunity to spend a day together and sing in a different cathedral.


Visit from the Doric Quartet - 23rd April

In April Mr Parsons kindly arranged for the Doric Quartet to coach four of our string quartets. The quartet members gave very helpful advice and encouragement so that everyone learnt a great deal and benefitted enormously from the experience. Parents and friends were then treated to excellent performances from the girls before the Doric Quartet played a varied and exciting programme themselves to finish the evening. The Doric players were absolutely stunning and inspiring, performing with immense energy and musicianship. Thank you very much to Mr Parsons for providing such a wonderful opportunity and to Mrs Parsons and Mrs Ings for their coaching beforehand.


Joint Choral Concert - 2nd May

The annual Joint Choral Concert is an opportunity for our Senior Choir & A Cappella to collaborate with the Bishops Wordsworth's School Choir and perform with an orchestra of professionals, friends and students. This year we were lucky enough to sing at St. Mark's Church, an ideal venue for our exciting programme.

Jointly, we sang Handel's joyful Zadok the Priest, Mozart's serene Ave Verum Corpus and Faure's famous Requiem, with soloists Iona MacDonald singing the Pie Jesu and Julian Poppleton the baritone solo.

The Bishop's Choir sung The Lamb by John Tavener, a selection of characteristically performed folksongs, a Malawian Thanksgiving song and Joy to the World (Jeremiah was a Bullfrog), all of which we thoroughly enjoyed hearing.

Our A Cappella Choir sung a beautiful arrangement of A Nightingale Sang in Berkeley Square and a Rutter madrigal arrangement It was a Lover and his Lass. The Senior Choir performed I will Sing with the Spirit, Fields of Gold and You Raise Me Up, all of which were really moving .

We would like to thank everyone who helped organise the concert, the music staff of both Bishop's and SWGS and the kind members of the orchestra who performed with us. The concert was an invaluable and very enjoyable experience and it was thrilling to see and hear well over two hundred and fifty musicians performing to such a high standard and with such obvious enthusiasm.                                                             Miriam O'Connor

Guitar Concert- 12th May

Mr Wilkinson organised his annual guitar concert in May. We all enjoyed listening to the accomplished playing and singing from the Guitar Group in a very relaxed and informal atmosphere where the enthusiasm of those taking part communicated itself readily to the audience. All who took part did very well and there were some impressive solo performances. In particular, Amy Bromley, who leaves this term, excelled herself in her final concert by playing and singing a great variety of material, giving very convincing and expressive interpretations.


Music Captains and Leavers

Our Music Captains, Frances Copp, Stephanie Murchison and Miriam O'Connor have all been outstanding, working hard and encouraging younger students. We wish to thank them and the other leaving musicians who have made such an excellent and enthusiastic contribution to the musical life of South Wilts. It has been a great joy and privilege to work together and make such wonderful music! Very good luck in the future!


Future Events

The Sound of Music - Thursday 9th July, Friday 10th July - School Hall.

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