LVS Ascot Music
January 2019 Newsletter
A lot happened last term and you will find out about our highlights during the course of this newsletter. We have many successes to celebrate! This term brings some new opportunities for musical co-curricular activities and this month in particular we are looking for people to come along and join us in Rock School on a Wednesday after school, in our KS3 Treble Rebels in the new slot of Wednesday E4, anyone interested in taking part in the ISA Musical Theatre competition to come and see us on Monday lunch and Tuesday E4 and anyone in Years 5-9 who is interested in auditioning for this years’ production to keep their eyes peeled for news in the next few weeks!!
If you have any news you’d like us to share next month then please get in touch: firstname.lastname@example.org
We are delighted to be able to share with you that two of our boys have successfully auditioned and gained a place in two National Choirs! Hamilton in Year 6 has gained a place in The National Children’s Choir of Great Britain and William in Year 9 has gained a placed in the National Youth Choir. Both succeeded against tough competition to each gain a place in the prestigious choirs. Well done to both of you!! An article by William about his experience follows in the newsletter.
Last term we had a number of students entered into both practical and theory exams with both exam boards and are thrilled to be able to share the following results:
Callum – 101 – Pass Grade 6 Piano
Imogen – 115 – Pass Grade 3 Singing
Thomas – 125, Pass with merit, Grade 5 Trumpet
Anglina – 111, Pass Grade 3 Singing
Yasmin – 117 – Pass Grade 2 Singing
Harry – 67 – Pass Grade 5 Theory
Sam – 85, Pass with merit, Grade 3 Tuba
My audition for the National Youth Choir – William, Year 9
I have been in my church junior choir since the age of seven. And as I progressed I began to do a few services with a choir from Shropshire which sings services in cathedrals when their own choirs are on holiday. In the last two years I have sung in cathedrals in Norwich, Wells, Llandaff and Ripon.
I wanted to audition for the National Youth Choir because it gives me the opportunity to do concerts and residential courses with professional musicians.
For the audition I had to learn and perform a piece of music. I sang Pie Jesu from Faure’s Requiem. I also had to sing an unaccompanied folk song also I had to do some sight singing, that went well…
Auditions were held at 20 venues around the country and about 630 singers heard. I was given one of the 70 new places in the National Youth Boys’ Choir.
As a singer, to be in the NYC not only gives me opportunities to perform but also gives me some extra confidence as I will quite likely be performing in front of large crowds.
Lyrical masters required
Ever fancied being a published writer?! We are looking for students to write about their experiences at various musical events to be published in the annual edition of the LiVeS Magazine. This is a superb experience and looks great on your CV. Please come and see Mrs Lucas or email me at email@example.com. We are looking for people to write about:
A term of fantastic seasonal music
This has been my first term as ADoM at LVS Ascot and I knew that it was going to be a busy one. I am so privileged to work with our young people as they’ve performed at a huge number of events and committed their own time to attending rehearsals to be ready. It was fantastic to see the reaction to our singers when we went out to sing carols at Denham Homes—we really started off the Christmas season for the residents.
We went to sing at the visitor building of the Savill Gardens for the first time this term and were very warmly received. We received a letter from the Crown Estate thanking us for coming to sing and praising the students saying “the singing really added to the Christmas atmosphere” and that students were “beautifully behaved”. The Christmas Carol Service at Windsor Parish Church was a lovely evening and it was superb to see so many different ensembles performing, including a performance from the Junior School and the debut performance of girls’ chamber choir ‘Vivace’.
Our final event was Carols in the Street which was very festive and very well attended. Ensembles performed fantastically and the debut performance of Treble Rebels was very well received! I look forward to further developing the choirs during the coming term. Pictures from some of the events can be found here:
LVS Music Festival 2019
It is with great anticipation that I personally await the next LVS Ascot Music festival taking place during the first weekend of February. It is, of course, all about the performers and serves as an important opportunity for them to develop confidence and performance skills whilst competing against their peers from local schools and further afield.
This is the continuation of a journey starting in 2015 which many students here have been a part of each year. It was essentially a wild stab in the dark when I had the original idea in January 2014 – we all know how new ventures these days can struggle to be any sort of success, but in 2018, the number of entries (160) was slightly over double the number of entries in 2015 (78). That, for me, was a great achievement but would not be possible without the support that you as parents regularly give with supporting the students in preparation for this and every other performance they do, as well as the students themselves of course! Our peripatetic teachers are nurturing the students from within the school as well but I hope the success the LVS students have in the festival – whether they are in a class on their own or a class of 15 on competition day – is proof positive of the standard of young musician we support and develop at LVS Ascot, a non-selective independent school. We may not have a plethora of grade 8 musicians in school (at the moment…) that you may expect to find at other selective independent schools locally, but we are strong in the lower year groups and these musicians are coming through the ranks to lead the way for an exciting musical future at LVS. Some students are beating their peers from other selective independent schools in the festival competition and I expect many similar victories this year.
If you have any queries about the festival, please do get in touch with me. It does not matter whether your son / daughter has lessons in school or not, and it does not matter what instrument they play or style of vocal performance they are interested in. There should be something for everyone, and if it is not immediately apparent please ask me and I will let you know how we can fit them in.
Adults can take part too and providing they are non-teaching and non-professional musicians there are options in the syllabus for the more ‘senior’ musicians.
– Mr Bryant
KS3 We Need You!
On Wednesday E4 Mrs Lucas runs the ‘Treble Rebels’—a singing group for KS3. It is open to anyone from those who enjoys a bit of a sing in the shower to those who have had lots of previous singing experience. We like to have fun and will had a very successful performance during the ‘Carol’s in the Street’ event in December. We also went off to sing carols at Denham Homes last term too which was very well received by the residents! Everyone is welcome and there are lots of co curricular commendations available to committed members!! More performing opportunities are coming up this term—come along and find out more!
Battle of the Bands is coming!!!
Monday 4th March we are hosting the LVS Battle of the Bands competition in the Theatre. It is open to bands of all ages and abilities. The ideal opportunity to prepare for this is to come along to Rock School on a Wednesday and get guidance from Mr Garbett, our drum and guitar teacher. Entry to the battle will be open soon so get your band mates together and start booking in some practise sessions—the competition is going to be fierce!
Your support at our events is always appreciated, no less by our performers who relish having audiences to perform for! You’re very welcome to attend the events detailed below. More information will be coming out in due course. Our pupils are always busy and perform in a huge number of events each term which are not always open to the public. The choir sing every Monday during whole school assembly. The other events our ensembles are taking part in so far this term are:
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