Music News: January 2020
Dear Parents and Guardians
Another busy term of music making awaits us! Choir and Orchestra have already started rehearsing and Band will begin rehearsals this week. Please see an outline of our musical events below:
Monday 3rd February – Eisteddfod auditions begin
Auditions begin in classroom music lessons for our Eisteddfod, which will be held on Thursday 27th February. Boys should prepare a piece they would like to perform at the Eisteddfod on an instrument / voice that they are currently having tuition on. Merits for auditioning! Boys can audition on more than one instrument.
Thursday 13th February ABRSM Exams, The Grange
Boys should have received communication from their instrumental / vocal teacher by now if they have been entered for an exam. There will be extra practice time with an accompanist in the lead up to the exams.
Thursday 27th February – Monmouth School Boys’ Prep Eisteddfod, Blake Theatre, Monmouth @ 1pm
Please do join us to support the boys performing. All boys will be taking part in the event through the House song competition and will be supporting their Houses too. The Eisteddfod will also include the selected music soloists from across a range of categories and the House poetry recital winners.
Tuesday 3rd March – Year 4 Form Concert, The Grange @ 2.30pm
Another opportunity for the boys to perform; this time in a more informal setting in front of their year group. We will be hearing from our newly formed Year 4 string group, alongside the boys performing work they have been developing in classroom music lessons.
Friday 6th March – Grange Choir to perform at Kodály 2020 Vision Concert, St John’s Smith Square London @ 7pm.
The “Kodály 2020” concert is the second arranged by the BKA at St John’s Smith Square, with individual and joint performances by choirs from some of the schools across the UK where Kodály-based education is valued and practised. Featuring guest conductors, Dr László Nemes (Director of the Kodály Institute of the Liszt Ferenc Academy of Music in Hungary) and Esther Veto Hargittai. In addition to folk song arrangements and works by Kodály himself, the programme will include specially commissioned choir pieces by Hungarian and British composers.
If you would like to come and support, please purchase tickets via https://www.sjss.org.uk/events/celebrating-kodály-legacy. We will be leaving by coach at 8.30am in order to rehearse beforehand. There should be spaces on the coach, on a first come, first served basis, for anyone not wishing to drive. The concert is scheduled to finish by 9pm. A letter will follow shortly with more details.
Tuesday 10th March – Year 6 Form Concert, The Grange @ 2.30pm
Featuring soloists, the wind and string ensembles and also showcasing the boys’ developing Ukulele skills!
Friday 20th March – the Lost Words Spell Songs Concert, The Blake Theatre, Monmouth (Year 5 only) @ 5pm
This concert is a result of joint collaborative work this term across the five junior schools of Monmouth. It will present songs inspired by the poetry of Robert MacFarlane and the art work of Jackie Morris. Their book, ‘The Lost Words’, was a creative and artistic response to the removal of certain common plants, trees and species from the Oxford Junior Dictionary. The poems were captured in song by eight leading folk and world musicians. The album, ‘The Lost Words’ Spell Songs, was recorded at Rockfield Studios, Monmouth in December 2017.
Wednesday 15th – Saturday 18th April, British Kodály Academy Spring Course, Monmouth School for Girls
Boys at Monmouth School for Boys who are taking their Gold Level exams will be taking part in workshops as part of this national training course for music teachers. There is also the possibility that Silver Level boys from the Boys’ Prep might also be asked to take part. I will let you know as soon as I find out more.