Concert band is, in my opinion, one of the most enjoyable clubs that the school has to offer, due to its friendly, relaxed atmosphere and exciting repertoire. We rehearse every Monday lunchtime, and play in two annual concerts; The Charity Concert (which has allowed us the incredible opportunity to perform in such a magnificent setting as Gloucester Cathedral) and the Leavers’ Concert. Our repertoire largely consists of arrangements of film/theatre music and recognisable songs, including ‘Selections from Wicked’, ‘Selections from The Greatest Showman’ and an arrangement of ‘Bohemian Rhapsody’, making it easy and enjoyable to pick up and learn. It is accessible to musicians of all abilities, as many of the pieces are simple enough that new players are able to join and develop their skills, yet technically complex enough that those with more experience are still challenged and engaged when perfecting the pieces. I personally have found that, since joining Concert Band, my technical ability, sight reading and confidence as a musician have improved massively, and it has provided me with valuable experience in playing in an ensemble, allowing me to branch out and audition for other groups, such as GYO. It is easily one of the highlights of my week, and has inspired my love of both my instrument, and of music as a whole.
Those who love to sing will certainly enjoy Glee Choir! Glee choir is an ensemble of students ranging from year 7-13 every Tuesday lunchtime. It is a fun way to step out of your comfort zone and it is a slightly more informal style of music for more recreational singers. Previously, the choir has performed at the charity concert and we are currently preparing for the Year 13 Leavers Concert. We tend to sing songs from musicals however the members usually put forward their suggestions and the group decides as a whole so everyone is happy with the selection. What really makes Glee Choir special is the ability to be able to contribute your own thoughts and ideas to be able to shape and taper each performance to everyone's liking. It’s a relaxed and enjoyable club that we look forward to every week!
Jazz Summerhayes and Samantha Lugto
Orchestra meets every Tuesday after school between 3:30 and 4:30. We play a large variety of pieces from all the different eras and genres, and students can suggest pieces to play as well. We have lots of opportunities to perform throughout the year for different events, including prize giving and the charity concert, which take place in Gloucester cathedral. Instrumentalists include grade 4 standard strings, grade 5 brass, and grade 6 woodwind. Orchestra is a welcoming place for all students who want to play among higher standard musicians and challenge themselves.