• Musical News – January 2023

    Welcome back!

    January is a time for remembering our routines and looking forward. It is the start of a term full of exams for many and much more music making for all.
    Do please look at the What's On page. Fill those calendars with the dates, so check what your young musician is involved in. We are working hard to be meaningful with our communication, putting most of it on the website. Our new year's resolution to you is to support you ensuring musicians put in time for practice. Practice makes progress and happier learning. Even older musicians need reminding and support!
    December was full of concerts and performances, as well as snow. It was brilliant how everyone adapted for the Carol Services, and how hard musicians worked in every performance. Well done to everyone.
    Here's to another brilliant term of music making.

    Mark Taylor, Director of Music

    The Carol Services

    Despite the snow, our Larch and Secondary Carol Services ploughed ahead. Although all of the original plans had to be adapted, our musicians and staff adapted too, and because of this, we were able to enjoy two evenings of amazing Carol Services! The week really embodied the term 'Team Music'.

    Meet the Music Ambassador!

    We re getting to know our Music Ambassadors in Y6 and Y13 this year, please see our most recent posts!

    Jacob & Patrick, Y13, have been ambassadors for over a year...

    Save the Dates 2023!

    We have lots planned for 2023 including Big Band Evening and Saffron Hall!
    Please check our What's On Page for more information by clicking the page below!

    What’s On

  • Musical News – December 2022

    We say we are a musical school. The past few weeks have certainly shown how musical we are. Every day, we are proud of each and every musician for the progress they make. It is difficult for me to say 'well done' to everyone all the time, but if I could, I would.

    I have spent much time recently in meetings and discussions, finding out about music education and how it is developing, nationally. Every time, I am reminded how utterly amazing our musicians are, and how Team Music is a unique team. We have had so much going on in recent weeks, including guitar and piano recitals, concerts, performance and more. Alumni have been popping in to say hello or have been keeping us updated with their progress, including with their music. Team Music extends far beyond the walls of the music centre. Hundreds of performers from throughout our all-through school and our community, with many more in the audience.

    This update is a celebration of every musician and everyone who has come to support our musicians. The quality produced by our musicians is amazing. The support by our staff team is beyond what we should expect. They are so brilliant and deserve so much thanks.

    Well done to each individual for the progress being made in music. If we don't catch up with you to say well done, please remember what you achieve and how good it is. We are all proud of you.

    Mark Taylor, Director of Music.

    A Larch musical celebration

    In November, 130 musicians from Years 2 - 6 performed in this unbelievable concert, with an energy in the hall that was an inspiration. The breadth of music, the smiling faces, the standard of performance. Our Larch musicians are so brilliant for their age. Well done to everyone.

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    A Wind and Brass Celebration

    A week later, it was the turn of our secondary musicians. An outstanding showcase of Wind, Brass and Percussion with music that challenged, where musicians rose to the challenge. Once again there was a brilliant sense of community, celebration and awe at what our musicians achieved.

    Big Band at the Hertford Lights

    We were proud to be part of the community celebrations to switch on the Hertford Christmas lights. Families past and present were there watching and singing along. It was amazing to once again return to this annual event.

    Rock School Live!

    This was an amazing occasion at the Southern Maltings, with 12 bands performing to a capacity crowd. Again, the standard of musicianship and performance was superb and each musician and band should be so proud of themselves. This short video shows how good everyone was! (twitter link, no login required).

    All things piano

    November is traditionally piano month, when we have a concert and celebrate our pianists. This year we had performances in the Library, an evening recital and our annual celebration video. Do take a moment to watch this wonderful creation, featuring 70 pianists in total performing 'Just Can't Get Enough'. What a huge project this was!!

    We also present this amazing piano duet -  a fugue based on Lady Gaga's 'Bad Romance' performed by Ciara (Yr 12) and Gabriel (Yr13). Enjoy!

    Adult community choir

    Take Note is our adult community choir. They performed a wonderful concert at St Andrew's Church last weekend, an occasion that was uplifting and brought together our wider musical family - friends, former students (and so many of them), former parents and more. Well done to everyone in the choir for such a superb evening.

     

    A Celebration of Christmas

    Do come and join us for our traditional carol services at All Saint's Church. These are always wonderful occasions for our school community.

  • Musical News – November 2022

    Welcome to our Music!

    I continue to be inspired with how hard everyone in Team Music works and it is amazing that our musicians continue to achieve such high standards with their work. Our concerts and performances start in ernest next week with our Larch Celebration on 16th, followed by a concert of Wind and Brass on 21st. Choirs are readily preparing for the Christmas Carol Services at All Saints' Church. Please do ensure that you have made a note of relevant dates and who is involved. Being part of the audience is just as important as those performing! Elsewhere, we are continuing to remind families about the importance of home learning - be that practice or preparation for the next lesson. It is lovely to hear about how hard so many students are working and to see in rehearsals their commitment. Thank you to everyone at home for your support and continued nagging. It is so important.

    Mark Taylor, Director of Music

    Meet the Music Ambassadors

    Over the course of the year, we will be introducing and celebrating our 12 Music Ambassadors from Y6, Y12 & Y13.

    To start the year off, here are David & Luke!

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    Chamber Choir

    This Friday was our annual Remembrance Service, where Chamber Choir and the Brass Ensemble performed.

    We were able to record Chamber Choir earlier in the week, please do have a listen to the recording below, it is breathtaking. Thank you to soloists: Soraia & Lauren.

  • Musical News – September 2022

    Welcome back to Music!

    Welcome to the term!
    Secondary music lessons and ensembles all start back next week (from 12th September). In the Larch, existing learners resume lessons next week and choirs, ensembles and beginners start the following week.
    Starting a year always brings lots of information. You will see article about our new links page, below. We are trying to streamline things and make navigating all the information easier. Below also is the link to the 'What's On' page.
    Welcome as well to all our new families joining Team Music. I am sure you will have lots of questions, so do email them in. We are reminding everyone about their first lesson, the time and what to do.
    It has also been a summer of celebration - a diploma for Max, exam results and musical theatre results. Well done to everyone. It was also lovely to hear about and see so many Simon Balle Musicians, past and present attending or performing at the Musical Mystery Tour in Hertford at the end of last month. Fabulous.
    Have a great musical term!

    Mark Taylor, Director of Music

    Congratulations!

    Congratulations to Max B! Before summer, Max took his Diploma in Performance from the London College of Music, in Drums. We are very proud! It was a fantastic way for Max to finish his career at Simon Balle, and what an achievement it is!

     

    Congratulations to our Musical Theatre Candidates, who all achieved brilliant results in their exams. Well done to: Evie A, Darcey G, Evie J, Sophie G, Jess S, Kitty F, Lauren B and Sophie G!

    Music Lessons - Our New System

    Introducing our 'Links' page. We have put all the relevant information in one place, which should answer any questions!

    The 'Links' page allows easy access to weekly timetables, larch lessons, our what's on page.

    We are asking students to check this link each Friday, ahead of their music lesson the following week.

    Scan the QR code below, or check out the link here; https://www.simonballe.herts.sch.uk/music/links/

    Our Musical Heritage

    What's On

    We already have dates for you to put in your diary! Have a look at our 'What's On' page for our upcoming events!

    What’s On

  • Our Rich Musical Heritage

    Our rich musical heritage is the foundation for the future

    Simon Balle has a rich musical heritage. Students have come through our school and left as musicians for life, taking their music in whatever form that means, with them. We are proud that we help create ‘lifelong musicians’. 

    Music - the experiences gained, the friends made, the lessons learnt, the commitment shown - has helped so many of our students achieve so much in later life. Students have gone on to be professional musicians, often working in the West End. Others have performed on cruise ships, toured the world, become a DJ, performed at Glastonbury and the Isle of Wight Festival, or moved into the world of performing in the chorus or as a soloist. Students have taken their musical training to the Guildhall, Trinity, Royal College, Royal Academy and  conservatoires in Manchester, Birmingham, Cardiff, Leeds and Glasgow. Some have gone to popular music courses at BIMM or ICMP. We have helped create jazz musicians, opera performers, session musicians, singer-songwriters, musical theatre performers and actors who have performed at the best venues in the country and beyond. Many have gone on to study music at university, opening doors to new experiences and a continued passion for what they love. Several have joined the Forces bands and performed at the Trooping of the Colour as well as events at Windsor Castle and elsewhere. One former student has sold out venues across the UK and beyond, including the Royal Albert Hall.

    Other students have taken music with them in the next stage of their life. They might not be studying music, but they are continuing their music - in bands, orchestras and choirs. They go to university quite often as a student with musical experiences that are the envy of others. Friendships formed through music at school continue at University and beyond. They know how to work as a team, perform to the highest standard, and tell of what they have achieved. Sometimes, music and the experiences gained helps our students achieve places at the top universities, for they can talk about the discipline, the rigour and the achievements. At one time we had three former students in the University of East Anglia Big Band at the same time. Supporting our students to achieve these incredible next steps in life is something we are immensely proud of. We have experience of supporting students to become Cambridge Choral Scholars. It is fantastic when former students and families stay in touch and update us with how they are getting on, even many years later. They talk enthusiastically and so often about how they are still making music and remembering their time in concerts and rehearsals at school. They are the students who are part of this heritage - musicians who might have performed in Ghent, at Disneyland, or at the Blackpool Tower Ballroom, Birmingham Conservatoire or at the Royal Albert Hall.

    Why does this matter? A rich musical heritage is a foundation for the future of our music at Simon Balle. Our current musicians are treading in the footsteps of so many who have helped create the music we have today. They are learning in the same musical environment as those who have gone before them, being just as inspired as our alumni. Our values of hard work, commitment, teamwork and high expectations continue to drive what we do. As some prepare to start the next stage of their musical life, some continue to progress and thrive in rehearsals. Others are just starting out on their musical journey, looking up to those who go before them. Always, it is the individual we strive to support, helping them to achieve the best they can. Our beliefs are built on the experience we have of supporting so many, working with families and helping inspire those we work with. The best results are achieved when we all go in the same direction - that is what we have learnt from our musical experiences of the past.

    We have so many musicians throughout our all-through school who love and experience music every day. Just as those before them did, they wait in anticipation to perform, they are nagged about the practice required, they laugh and make music with others. They are part of the same ensembles that so many over the years have been in. Just as those before them did, they achieve so much.

    Our music for the future is driven by experiences of the past. Those treading in the footsteps of others should be inspired by what has been achieved and what they can achieve in the future. What is most important though is that everyone, past, present and future, is part of Team Music.

    Mark Taylor, Director of Music

    (It was great fun looking back over some of the photos we have to create the image at the top).

  • Edinburgh 2022

    A music tour to Edinburgh. Somewhere I have not visited for so many years. Where would we perform, what is the hostel like, who is going? Everyone in Team Music knows how important the music tour is, and we had to get this important milestone in the music calendar back on track. 3 nights and two full days up in Scotland.

    The tour was a triumph. Lots of walking and lots of hills, but also lots of fun. Families from Hertford joined us in numbers and the musicians performed two fantastic concerts. The acoustic of St Giles Cathedral was fabulous and the huge audience there loved what they heard. The Ross Bandstand always promised to be excellent if the rain held off. Despite the threats, it did. As the music started, the audience joined us, listening from far and wide, including up in Princess Street. Outdoor concerts are always fun and this was no exception.

    Yes, we are there for the concerts. We are also there for the friendships. The team building, the chance to spend more time together. Three activities for the three evenings and they were brilliant. The smiles, the cheering, the supporting, the joining in. For some, this was way out of their comfort zone, but they got on with it. They enjoyed it!

    It was also brilliant that two music alumni rearranged their days to come and visit us and watch concerts. Lizzie and Alex, both currently living in Scotland came over and it was a fabulous surprise to see them.

    A music tour like this means so much to so many. Over the years, hundreds of memories have been created, not only for the musicians, but to wider families. Grandparents came to watch, families came to celebrate. Pride could be seen and heard all around. This is all part of the Team Music experience.

    Of course for some, this was the end of a 7 year journey. The realisation that 'that is it'. For the families of those who are leaving, a lump in the throat. The end of an era. Personally, I will never get used to that moment, and nor should I. Education is about the students, creating tomorrow's citizens today. Music is and should always be a huge part of that. You can't bottle what these experiences teach you. For so many, music is a massive part of who they are.

    Thank you to everyone. If you were not able to be there, have a look at everything below. If you were there, thank you. We had a blast and the students were amazing. Team Music. A brilliant community.

    Finally, a true anecdote. A parent was talking to someone who was listening to the Ross Bandstand concert. They were in Edinburgh for the Jazz Festival where they were performing. They had heard of Simon Balle Music. Where did they live? Belgium. 'Oh', said the parent. 'Simon Balle have performed at the Ghent Music Festival'. 'That's it' said the visitor. 'I've seen them there. They are so good'.

    It's a small world. There's a song in that......

    Mark Taylor, Director of Music.

  • Musical News – July 2022

    Welcome to our Music!

    The amount of music that is being created at Simon Balle is staggering. Concerts, exams, rehearsals and now a music tour. Each time we set a challenge, the musicians step up and work as part of this incredible team.
    So please take time to read what is below and celebrate what is being achieved day after day. All musicians deserve praise, as do all the staff who create what takes place. To those who are leaving this year - thank you. It’s been a blast! Take the memories and experiences with you wherever you go. In September we return to pick up the baton and make more amazing music. Until then, follow us on Twitter for updates and celebrations during the holidays. Have a good summer!!

    Mark Taylor, Director of Music

    Saffron Hall 2022

    Last weekend it was an honour to return to Saffron Hall to celebrate our amazing musicians. For most, they had never performed at this iconic venue and returning once more was a very nervous time. Months of planning, over 230 musicians, around 500 in the audience. Our musical community at Simon Balle was once again coming back together.

    Saffron Hall is about inspiring our musicians in all year groups, allowing them to appreciate their musical pathway, route of progression and allowing them to come together as a team and a community. We have spent so long apart. Here, we had the opportunity to come together in spectacular style. At this concert, we tried to allow as many musicians as possible to have their ‘moment’, especially those who are about to leave us, taking their musical journey to pastures new. We brought in new ideas, such as the primary orchestra (all 80 of them) performing with senior musicians. We reminded everyone how amazing the 60 piece Concert Band is, along with our Guitar ensemble, Brass, Junior Wind and others. Saffron Hall was alive with singing from our youngest to our adult community choir. Alumni, many of whom had missed out in recent years, came back to support us and show how connected to Simon Balle Music they still are. What a community.

    Mark Taylor

    Director of Music

     

    Going to Saffron Hall was an amazing experience: from the very start of rehearsals in the morning to the last second of the last song about 8 o’clock at night.

    It was fun performing with children from the Larch right through to sixth form in an amazing hall with fabulous acoustics. I performed in junior wind, concert band, Saxidentals and the choir, and with a rendition of ‘Fix You’ that all the choirs sang together. I joined concert band only recently, but it has been wonderful to play with really talented people: I’ve learned so much already.

    Concert band played some well-known songs like a mix of James Bond theme tunes, Sweet Caroline and Make you Feel my Love, however, my favourite song of the evening was definitely the theme song from the musical ‘Six’ - the amazing Simon Balle Big Band really did it justice. I am so inspired by Big Band - both because of the music and the fact that everyone smiles when they hear Big Band play!

    Merry W

    Last weekend, I went to saffron hall, I really enjoyed the atmosphere, I thought that it would be a long day but it passed very quickly as we were all talking and playing together. I found it really exciting because I knew that loads of people would be coming to see us perform and we were playing somewhere where we hadn’t before.. I enjoyed the concert as the stage was spacious and it was my first time playing in Concert Band. On top of Concert Band I was in Junior wind and Saxidentals. My favourite performance that I didn’t play in was Big Band as it looked as though everyone was having fun and it inspired me to get really good at the Saxophone so that I could join. I look forward to being part of more experiences like this in the future.

    Audrey P

    In Our Secondary Phase...

    Trinity Exams

    In July, students from throughout the All-Through School sat their Classical Trinity Exams. From Grade 1 all the way to Grade 8, from Year 3 all the way to Year 13.

    It is such an achievement taking a Music Exam, and every student rose to the challenge. We are so proud of them, for some it is the beginning of the musical journey, and for others it is a fantastic way to complete their Simon Balle All-Through Journey. Well done to all.

    Click the image below to see the results.

    Music Tour to Edinburgh

    Concert Band & Big Band are off to Edinburgh for Music Tour. It is a brilliant performance opportunity and we are looking forward to hearing all about it when they get back.

    You can view their performance at St Giles' Cathedral below!

    Follow our twitter for updates on their exciting time away: @simonballemusic

    Our Primary Phase...

    Y2 Strings & Y2/3 Choir Performance Evening

    On Tuesday, our wonderful Year 2 and 3 students performed as part of their end of year celebration. Our Year 2/3 choir performed a variety of songs, including 'Tomorrow' from Annie.

    Our Year 2 Strings Students have achieved so much in under a year, it was a fantastic opportunity for them to showcase this, they should all be very proud of what they have achieved! Have a listen below:

    Woodwind Starters Celebration:

    Mrs Taylor's students came together to perform what they have been working on. From Clarinets, Flutes, Bassoon to Saxophones.

     

    Year 6 Film Composition

    Year 6 have been working hard composing film music for a villain during their lessons with Mrs Iles. Please have a listen to some of their amazing work below:

    Larch Stars

    Our Larch Stars are musicians who have been nominated by their instrumental teachers. Their certificate is presented in assembly. Well done to..

    • Ethan M in Year 6 for making a real effort in lessons, and making great progress.
    • Wally C in Year 5 for working hard in lessons recently.
    • Lucas D in Year 5 for working hard in lessons recently.
    • Xander in Year 4 for great preparation for his music medal.
    • Summer in Year 4 for great preparation for her music medal.
    • Ava A in Year 4 for great preparation for her music medal.

    Have a lovely Summer! See you in September!

  • Why our summer celebration at Saffron Hall matters

    Last weekend it was an honour to return to Saffron Hall to celebrate our amazing musicians. For most, they had never performed at this iconic venue and returning once more was a very nervous time. Months of planning, over 230 musicians, around 500 in the audience. Our musical community at Simon Balle was once again coming back together.

    Saffron Hall matters, as it is the only venue locally that is big enough to accommodate all our music. Some might say it is not ‘local’, but the journey is worth it for the quality of the sound that the hall has. Indeed, I am proud to describe Saffron Hall as a ‘partner’ in our concerts. Showing the progression from our youngest to our most advanced musicians is crucial, so that everyone can see and hear what can be achieved with hard work and perseverance. Performers are also the audience for others. As someone said to me - ‘everyone applauds you, you should applaud everyone else!’. For the musicians, they can support everyone else. For the audience, they can appreciate the bigger picture of what is being achieved and celebrated. They can also hear the quality.

    Saffron Hall is about inspiring our musicians in all year groups, allowing them to appreciate their musical pathway, route of progression and allowing them to come together as a team and a community. We have spent so long apart. Here, we had the opportunity to come together in spectacular style. At this concert, we tried to allow as many musicians as possible to have their ‘moment’, especially those who are about to leave us, taking their musical journey to pastures new. We brought in new ideas, such as the primary orchestra (all 80 of them) performing with senior musicians. We reminded everyone how amazing the 60 piece Concert Band is, along with our Guitar ensemble, brass, Junior Wind and others. Saffron Hall was alive with singing from our youngest to our adult community choir. Alumni, many of whom had missed out in recent years, came back to support us and show how connected to Simon Balle Music they still are. What a community.

    We talk a lot at the moment about the well-being of everyone. What better way to show how connected students are to school and what they can achieve than an event like this. What an amazing way to see the smiles, the sense of achievement and the team work than this concert. What an amazing way to teach team working skills. What an amazing way to celebrate the power of coming together again. The quality of the performances was beyond anything I could have hoped for. We are all so busy at the moment, but we must take time to pause and reflect on exactly what has been achieved. Wow!

    Our Saffron Hall concert is a monumental team effort. However, it is worth it. Why? It demonstrates the power of music. The power of music as a force for good. Simon Balle is alive with music. Thank you to everyone in our community (including our partners) who are part of Team Music. Together, we create amazing music and experiences. The concert at Saffron Hall is testament to that.

    Mark Taylor, Director of Music

  • Musical News – June 2022

    Welcome to our Music!

    This term has been all about our musical community coming together. Recitals, recordings, concerts, rehearsals and more. We are constantly being reminded of what our musicians can achieve and the wonderful music that is created. Every performance is a personal achievement and with so much music taking place every day, we should not forget each individual success.

    The role of families at home supporting learning and practice is essential. Going over what has been learnt, preparing for the next phase of learning is crucial. Progress brings achievement and the feeling of success. This then inspires the next part of learning. Listening to practice at home, celebrating, performing to the wider family helps make the process of learning part of what the students do.

    Please enjoy celebrating what has been taking place in recent weeks. Every phase is alive with music and we are so proud of each every musician.

    Mark Taylor, Director of Music

    World Music Day 2022

    Tuesday 21st June was World Music Day this year, and we used it to reflect on all of our wonderful musicians and the variety of music performed at Simon Balle.

    Music is so important to so many people, and we are so proud of what is achieved!

    In Our Secondary Phase...

    Virtual Rock Gig

    Due to such a busy term, unfortunately we were unable to host our Summer Rock Gig in proper fashion. Instead, we have done a Virtual Gig, which can be viewed below! Despite the change in plan, the students rose to the challenge, and have smashed it!

    To see all the videos, please head to: Our Rock School Gallery.

     

    Guitar Platform Evening

    On Thursday, Mr Niesyto's wonderful students performed at our Guitar Platform Evening. It was a great opportunity for younger students to be inspired by older students! From Year 7 to Y13.

    Mr Niesyto has been hosting Guitar Workshops for some students, and last night our Guitar Workshop students joined our Guitar Ensemble! It was a brilliant way for all of our students to play together, and it sounded fantastic!

    You all performed fabulously! Well done to you all!

     

    Come & Sing 2022

    From September, our Secondary Choir for Year 7, 8 and 9 will be rehearsing on a Wednesday lunchtime, 1.25-1.55pm. Making music with others is so important for musicians, it can build confidence and develop skills.

    If you are interested, please sign up here: https://forms.gle/XcoY6qDsU2uMdiHEA

     

    Piano Evenings

    In June, we enjoyed a couple of piano evening recitals, in which Mr Lovell's Year 7, 8 & 9 students showcased what they have been working so hard on. It was a fantastic opportunity for them to perform, and great to hear so much variety! You all played and performed brilliantly, well done to you all!

     

    Y8 Celebration Evening

    Some of our Year 8 musicians performed at a Celebration evening for their year group. It was a fantastic performance from each and every one of them, and it's great to see them performing to their peers and families. Performing is a brilliant experience for all, and the musicianship they all showed is something they should all be proud of. It was in no way their first performance and it definitely will not be their last!

    Well done to: Ryan C, Chloe C, Louise C, Robin M, Reubin D, Isobel C, Olly C, and Keo O!

     

     

     

    Y 8 - 9 Piano Evening

     

    Y7 Piano Evening

    Trinity R&P Exam Results

    In June, some of our students sat their Trinity Rock & Pop Exams! They all did so well, and we are so proud of them!

    Please click on the image below to view results!

    Our Primary Phase...

    Primary Music Festival

    On Monday, 43 Larch students performed in a Primary Music Festival. They performed an Individual song: 'Something Inside So Strong', and then as part of a larger group: 'Out There' a Cantata by Paul Burrell.

    It was a brilliant opportunity for our singers to not only perform, but be involved with other primary schools. Some of our students auditioned for solo parts, and they did so well to come away with 3 narrators and 3 singers! They each did so well at narrating and singing in front of such a large group; they should be so proud! Well done to Archie, Orla, Erin, Isabel, Emily & Lola!

    Larch Piano Evening

    On Tuesday, Mrs Johnson's pianists came together to perform to their families and friends. It was a wonderful opportunity for them to showcase their skills. Well done to all who performed!

    Larch Stars

    Our Larch Stars are musicians who have been nominated by their instrumental teachers for something really good that week. Their certificate is presented in assembly. Well done to..

    • Felix W-B in Year 3 for excellent work on your duet in your cello lesson.
    • Angus M in Year 3 for excellent work on your duet in your cello lesson.
    • Heidi N in Year 6 for super effort in orchestra.
    • Aluna S in Year 2 for great effort in your cello lesson this week
    • Isla J in Year 2 for fantastic concentration in your lesson this week
    • Chloe in Year 6 for excellent sight reading of a new piece this week
    • Olivia B in Year 2 for excellent concentration when learning the tricky rhythms this week in your cello lesson
    • Florence S in Year 2 for excellent concentration when learning the tricky rhythms this week in your cello lesson
    • Eddie B in Year 2 for excellent concentration when learning the tricky rhythms this week in your cello lesson
    • Edie C in Year 5 for always having a positive attitude
    • Isabella H in Year 5 for working so hard in your lesson
    • Tunde F in Year 2 for playing so well in orchestra
    • Dorothea A in Year 3 for playing so well in orchestra
    • Henry P in Year 4 for a great attitude and sticking to a practise plan

     

    Coming Up...

    Please take a look at our upcoming events, all including our final events of the year!

    What’s On

  • Musical News – 27.05.2022

    Welcome to our Music!

    Whilst so many are head down in exams, so much of our music continues. Next half term, 'all roads' lead to Saffron Hall on Saturday 2nd July. Final details will be sent out during the first week back.

    One thing that I am particularly proud of is that all of our musicians are one amazing team. We all support each other and work together. Our musicians want to perform. They want to celebrate their work.

    So many musicians have instrumental grades next half term. The key to success with exams is practice - at least 4 times per week. We have emailed families our support pages on the website so that together we can help achieve amazing success.

    Thank you to everyone for working with us as we develop what we do and continue to inspire musicians. In return, they are inspiring us!

    Mark Taylor, Director of Music

    Our Secondary Phase...

    Y8 Minimalism

    Year 8 have been learning about Minimalism this term, and after practising some different compositional techniques, have composed their own minimalist piece. They have produced some outstanding work, so do have a listen to this handful of examples. Well done to Thomas, Max, Isabella, Nadassa, Ollie, Bors and Daisy in 8A.

     

    Ms Kemp's Singing Evening

    On Thursday, Ms Kemp's students performed what they have been working on in their lessons. It was a fantastic evening, the audience were treated with a variety of genres, from musical theatre to pop to classical. It was truly a special occasion, and wonderful opportunity for our younger musicians to see how far they can go and what they can achieve on their musical journey. Well done to: Maia W, Saffron-Daisy A, Lily O, Isobel C, May W, Emma B, Sophie G, Lauren B, Ada K, Charlie G, Courtney B-G, Dawa K, Matthew P, Aimee B and Poppy N.

    Here is a taste of the evening, Dawa in Year 12 singing 'Fever'.

    Mayor-Making Ceremony

    Our Brass Quintet were delighted to perform at the Hertford Mayor-Making Ceremony last Thursday at County Hall. as the Mayor's secretary said "On behalf of the Town Council and the Mayor of Hertford, Cllr Susan Barber please forward our thanks to the pupils who performed at Mayor Making they were outstanding and hit the brief perfectly."

    Well done and thank you to the musicians. They should be very proud.

    Our Primary Phase...

    Larch Stars

    Our Larch Stars are musicians who have been nominated by their instrumental teachers for something really good that week. Their certificate is presented in assembly. Well done to..

    • Ella D (Year 2) for fantastic playing in your cello lesson
    • Max H (Year 2) for a super bow hold this week in your cello lesson.
    • Letty P (Year 2) for excellent effort in your cello lesson.
    • Archie C (Year 5) for completing your first piano book.
    • Freya H (Year 4) for excellent playing in your cello lesson this week
    • Annie C (Year 4) for excellent performance preparation
    • Hattie C (Year 4) for excellent performance preparation
    • Max C (Year 2) for a brilliant start back to playing the violin
    • Hayden B (Year 6) for making great progress on Tuba, with a great attitude
    • Albert R (Year 3) for good work on low register
    • Emelia M (Year 3) for great work in orchestra
    • Gemma W (Year 3) for great work in orchestra
    • Isabella C (Year 3) for demonstrating great musical knowledge in lesson
    • Miles W (Year 6) for great punctuality and great playing throughout the lesson
    • Rosie W (Year 3) for great work in orchestra
    • Grace M (Year 5 ) for fabulous Grade 1 preparation
    • Elijah L (Year 2) for fantastic counting and playing of quavers in your cello lesson
    • Kenzie E (Year 2) for excellent effort in your cello lesson
    • Noah W (Year 2) for trying so hard and for concentrating well in your cello lesson
    • Alex H (Year 6) for continuing to work extremely hard in preparation for your cello lesson each week
    • Amber C (Year 5) for completing your first piano book

     

    Assembly Performances

    We have been lucky enough to have a wonderful performances in the last couple of weeks.

    Firstly, Annie C & Hattie C on the Violin. Finally, Isla B, Isla U and Megan H on the Clarinet.

    Primary Music Festival

    Our Senior Larch Choir (Years 4, 5 & 6) are currently preparing for the Hertford Primary Music Festival. We had students audition in Ware, for speaking and singing parts, and we are pleased to say we have had success! Well done to the soloist speakers and singers. We are looking forward to seeing the final performance. It is fantastic to see so many young children involved in singing.

     

    Strings Showcase:

    On Tuesday, 41 students, ranging from Year 3 to Year 6 came together to showcase what they have been working on in their lessons. It was such a brilliant opportunity for students to get a chance to perform to their parents/carers, but also for the younger students to be inspired by seeing the progression and skill of the older students.

     

     

    Coming Up...

    Please take a look at our upcoming events, we have lots of performances to look forward to, and it is great to support our students!

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