Music, music everywhere

This term there has been music ringing through every part of the school with the Gala Concert, Junior School Music Week, the Year 6 Muscial and the Nursery Summer Concert just some of the events that have been held.

The Gala Concert

The Cathedral resounded to the joyous sounds of music making as over 200 pupils from Years 7 to 13 along with staff, parents and friends, celebrated their passion and talent for music making in an uplifting concert.

The wide range of musical styles and ensemble groupings on display was impressive and reflected the diverse range of music making at PGS. The concert opened with assured, precise and musical playing from the Intermediate Orchestra with music by Rossini and from Mary Poppins. The Senior Orchestra’s exciting performance of Henry Wood’s Fantasia on British Sea Songs showcased not only all the sections of the orchestra but also mature solo performances by some of the Year 13 musicians for whom this was their last major concert at PGS.

A PGS Brass performance is always highly anticipated and we were not disappointed with colourful performances of music by Sousa, Offenbach and from Sister Act (featuring the trombones dressed in cassocks!). Concert Band continued the Sister Act theme as well as playing music from Game of Thrones and The Greatest Showman with assurance and style. Two of Handel’s glorious Coronation Anthems closed the evening with the thrilling choral sound of the combined forces of Chamber Choir and Community Choir.

Interspersed amongst the performances of these larger groups were a number of impressive smaller chamber ensembles. The percussion ensemble’s energetic and virtuosic performance of Whiplash and Caravan, arranged by the pupils themselves, left the audience breathless!

There were sophisticated wind performances from both the flute quartet and Year 12 soloists in Cimarosa’s Concerto for Two Flutes; and Vivaldi’s sparkling Concerto for Two Trumpets gave the opportunity for two of our Year 13 brass players to shine, with stylish musical accompaniment by PGS strings. A big thank you to all our musicians and in particular to our Year 13 leavers who have given so much pleasure and enjoyment to numerous audiences during their time at PGS.

Click below to see the full Music Programme for Autumn Term and the forthcoming highlights of the 2019 - 2020 year.

Celebrating Music

What an amazing week it was in the Junior School as they celebrated music in all its forms.

Music is part of the daily experience in the Junior School; in the classrooms, on the playground, in assemblies, as part of Performing Arts lessons, playing in one of the many bands, singing in the choirs, attending lessons with our Visiting Music Teachers. Music is everywhere!

During Music Week there was the delicious Ice Cream and Strawberries and Cream Concerts; Indian dance and drumming workshops; performances from all the Junior School musicians; performances by Senior School musicians; a special assembly led by the Cathedral Choristers and the epic Music Celebration Assembly at the Cathedral. All reinforcing just how much music means to the pupils and how much they

enjoy it.

The standard of musicianship and singing was so impressive and testament to the hours and hours of hard work and practice that the children put in. It also reflects the high standard of tuition, encouragement and inspiration they receive from their teachers. Thanks also to the parents who support (and endure!!) the hours of practice at home.

Jungle VIPs!

by Hannah Day, 6G

This year, the Year 6 play was based upon The Jungle Book.

We had a great time bringing this musical to life, having a Year 6 band playing the music for the play, amazing dances choreographed by Mrs Townsend, and jolly songs to sing along to.

I personally had a great time working towards this Musical. This is definitely a great highlight from my last term of the Upper Junior School.

Sing a Song of Summer

The pupils in the nursery performed six of their favourite songs to their parents including Spring Chicken and Hey Mr. Pirate, all of the songs were carefully chosen to link to the texts that are selected every half term to support pupils in developing skills and connecting learning across all seven areas of the foundation stage framework.

Mr Cotton and pupils from the Senior School came along to help the children with their performance, we had three pupils singing, three pupils playing instruments and of course Mr. Cotton playing the piano! Nursery pupils felt very proud to have their own orchestra!

After the concert was over seventy parents along with Dr Cotton came back to nursery for a high tea of sandwiches and cakes, some of which the children had made, when the parents left at 3.30pm there was not a crumb left!

The event was a great success; all the parents said how much they enjoyed listening to their children sing to celebrate their time in nursery before they move on into the next phase of their learning.