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Latest Music News.....

Big Band Qualifies for NCBF National Finals - March 2017

Next month our Big Band will be heading off to Warwick to participate in the National Finals of the NCBF.  The band are busy preparing for this fabulous opportunity and look forward to playing a selection of their repertoire for the panel.

Examination Success - March 2017

Congratulations to Charlotte Howdle (Year 11) who has just achieved a Distinction in the ABRSM Performance Diploma (Violin).  An outstanding achievement!

SGS welcomes Julian Lloyd Webber - February 2017

SGS are delighted to welcome the internationally renowned musician Professor Julian Lloyd Webber to adjudicate our annual Music Festival Final.  It promises to be a fantastic evening and the pupils are excited to be performing for such a well-known musician!

SGS pupils performing with CBSO Youth Orchestra - February 2017

A significant number of pupils from SGS were performing with the CBSO Youth Orchestra in the most recent course.  An orchestra that has predominantly Music College students aged between 18-21, the CBSO Youth Orchestra is a fantastic ensemble that meets twice annually and has a fierce audition process.  We were represented by Charlotte Howdle (1st Violin - Co-Leader), Dominic Sterland (Viola - Co-Leader), Dylan Edge (1st Violin) and Olivia Howdle (2nd Violin).  Olivia was the youngest member of the orchestra in 2016/17 and is actually just below the recommended age range, but was invited to play, such is her prodigious talent.  She also found that she was invited to move up through the section in the second course as her progress was acknowledged.

Yet more SGS Pupils win National honours  - February 2017

Two more pupils have been called up to make music with the best young musicians in the country.  Zoe Lawton-Allen has won a place to sing with the National Children's Choir of Great Britain.  In addition to Zoe's success we have learned that Addison Perry has been successful with not one, but two auditions and has gained entry into both the National Children's Choir of GB and the National Schools' Symphony Orchestra on Percussion.   These two talented pupils join the following list of current SGS pupils in National ensembles. 

Dominic Sterland (Viola)

Dylan Edge (Violin)

Charlotte Howdle (Violin)

Molly Harriman (Voice/MT)

Olivia Howdle (Violin)

Matthew Murray (Voice)

Ashley Sterland (Bassoon)

Alanagh Bohan (Flute / Violin)

Nina Fitton (Voice)

Josie Lamplough (Voice)

Zoe Lawton-Allen (Voice)

Addison Perry (Voice / Percussion)

 

Another SGS Pupil wins National honours  - December 2017

Yet another SGS pupil has been called up to make music with the best young musicians in the country.  Nina Fitton has won a place to sing with the National Children's Choir of Great Britain and joins the following list of current SGS pupils in National ensembles. 

Dominic Sterland (Viola)

Dylan Edge (Violin)

Charlotte Howdle (Violin)

Molly Harriman (Voice/MT)

Olivia Howdle (Violin)

Matthew Murray (Voice)

Ashley Sterland (Bassoon)

Alanagh Bohan (Flute / Violin)

Nina Fitton (Voice)

Josie Lamplough (Voice)

 

SGS Pupil accepted to study at RNCM - December 2017

SGS A-Level musician Ciara Bryan has been accepted to study at Manchester's Royal Northern College of Music from September.  After a gruelling audition process we were delighted to learn that she has been accepted.  We wish Ciara (a talented Saxophonist and Singer) all the very best in her future musical endeavours.

SGS Pupil accepted to study in London - May 2016

SGS Violinist Olivia Howdle will commence study at London's prestigious Royal College of Music in September.  Thankfully Olivia won't be leaving us at SGS as her study will be at the Junior Department on a Saturday morning.  She joins a growing list of SGS pupils studying at one of the UK's premier Conservatoires at weekends including her older sister Charlotte, who also studies at the RCM.  Year 8 pupil Olivia wowed the panel in her audition to win a much sought-after place and we wish her well in this new exciting chapter. 

SGS Pupil chosen for "once in a lifetime" experience - April 2016

SGS flautist Alanagh Bohan (Year 8) has been chosen to perform for James Galway.  The legendary flautist, nicknamed "The Man with the Golden Flute", is giving a masterclass at Birmingham Conservatoire where Alanagh is a member of the Junior Department but the Music College has advertised and invited anyone under the age of 25 years to apply.  To have been selected to play for Mr Galway is a huge honour and a great achievement.  Applicants were invited to auditon for the opportunity to play and Alanagh was chosen from a large field of applicants who were much older than her and currently studying at music colleges around the UK.  Mr Galway is giving a recital at the Birmingham Conservatoire on Sunday and Alanagh's big moment will come on Bank Holiday Monday.....what a great way to spend your day off!  Good luck Alanagh!   

Concert Band with yet more National Finals qualification success - April 2016

SGS Concert Band have qualified for the National Music for Youth National Finals at Birmingham's magnificent Symphony Hall.  It is a great honour to be chosen from the regional heats back in March.  Congratulations to the band!  It's been a month of great news!

Concert Band pull off an outstanding result in NCBF National Finals - April 2016

SGS Concert Band travelled to Manchester's Royal Northern College of Music to perform in the National Finals of the National Concert Band Festival 2015/16 and gave the performance of a lifetime!  The band was selected to perform alonside 6 of the best School Bands in the UK and when it can to the results we were delighted...no, ecstatic!....to be awarded not a bronze, not a silver and not even a Gold.  We were awarded the coveted Platinum award!  To be given this award in the National Finals as opposed to the Regional contest was nothing short of remarkable for our 7 year old band when performing against big banding schools with decades of experience.  Well done to every member of the band!

SGS musicians WINNERS.....yet again! - March 2016

SGS Musicians travelled to Newcastle-under-Lyme to compete in the Newcastle Music Festival and scooped no less than SIX 1st place trophies!  The Junior Choir, SGS Choir, Sax Quartet, Concert Band and Big Band all won their competitions and the Concert Band were awarded a further accolade as they won first prize in the overall Festival winners' class.  Well done team!!

 

SGS Orchestra are WINNERS! - March 2016

SGS Orchestra travelled to Worcester to compete in the Worcester Competitive Music Festival.  The class was open to all ages and the orchestra competed against adult orchestras.  They gave a stunning performance of Holst's "Mars" from his Planets Suite and came away as winners!  A remarkable achievement in their first competition.  Congratulations!

 

SGS Music Festival Winners - February 2016

SGS welcomed West End Theatre musician and UK Pop Session player Mike Davis to adjudicate the SGS Music Festival.  Mike chose three winners in the Junior section with Charlotte Howdle (1st), Alanagh Bohan (2nd) and Molly Harriman (3rd).  In the Senior section Mr Davies picked out Milly Yates (1st), Leah Banwell (2nd) and Harry Handford and Lara Thomas in joint 3rd place.  The standard was outstanding and it was a wonderful evening of music!

 

YET ANOTHER NATIONAL HONOUR! - January 2016

Dylan Edge (Year 11) has been accepted after audition to the Pit Orchestra of National Youth Music Theatre.  Congratulations on this appointment!

 

New Christmas CD Available NOW! - December 2015

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dKLJpRdwmG8

Two more students selected for top honour - December 2015

Two more SGS/SPS students have been offered places in National ensembles after audition.  Matthew Murray (Year 8) has been accepted into the National Youth Boys' Choir and Josie Lamplough (Year 6) has been offered a place in the National Children's Choir of Great Britain.  Well done to both of these exceptionally talent youngsters!

Concert Band impress yet again to bring top award back to Stafford - November 2015

It's competition season again and yet again our award-winning Concert Band picked up th ehighest award possible at this year's National Concert Band Festival regionals.  The band performed three new works for SGS ("Prelude for an Occasion" (Gregson), "Cry of the Celts" (Graham) and "The Incredibles" (Giacchio)) and the test piece set by the NCBF commitee ("Dreaming of Dreams by Thomas Kelly) and gave a wonderful performance that was greeted by cheers from the appreciative audience.  The band were awarded the Platinum certification which automatically seals their place in the National Finals held at the Royal Northern College of Music in April.  This is the second year running that the band has achieved this showing real consistency as well as skill.

Two more students selected for top honour - November 2015

Two more SGS students have been selected for National honours.  Dominic Sterland (Year 12) and his younger brother Ashley (Year 8) have recently been successful after a rigorous audition process and been offered places in the National Youth Chamber Orchestra and the National Children's Orchestra respectively.  Well done boys - a fabulous achievement!

Students star in CBSO Youth Orchestra - November 2015

Three SGS students won coveted places to play with the CBSO Youth Orchestra and gave a wonderful concert at Birmingham's Symphony Hall.  Featuring Strauss' epic "Alpine Symphony", the concert was a huge success and demonstrated just why it is so difficult to get into the orchestra.  The orchestra age limit is 21 years old and so most of the musicians are studying at Music Colleges.  For our three musicians to be chosen amongst a select few school aged musicians with exceptional talent is something worth celebrating!  Congratulations Charlotte Howdle (Violin), Dylan Edge (Violin) and Dominic Sterland (Viola)!

Concert Band to help Stafford Remember - November 2015

The Concert Band will be supporting the town of Stafford as we remember those who fought bravely for our country on Sunday.  The band will once again be the feature band at this years Remembrance Service held in the centre of Stafford by the Cenotaph.  The band will be playing from 10.30am.

New CD on the Way! - September 2015

The SGS Music Department recorded its third CD in September.  This time all of our major groups were involved along with our Prep. School Choir and the theme was Christmas!  The CD should be out by the end of Novemebr and will be the perfect present.  Watch this space for further details!

 

Large numbers continue to represent SGS at the top! - September 2015

We continue to have significant numbers of our young musicians representing the school at National and regional level.  Here is a list of our current performers:

Current members include:

Charlotte Howdle         Violin             National Youth String Orchestra

Dominic Sterland          Viola              National Youth Chamber Orchestra

Olivia Howdle                Voice              National Children’s Choir

Olivia Howdle                Violin             National Children’s Orch.

Alanagh Bohan              Violin             National Children’s Orch.

Dylan Edge                    Violin              National Children’s Orch.  

Ashley Sterland            Bassoon          National Children’s Orch.

Molly Darley                 Saxophone     Midlands Youth Jazz Orchestra II

Jamie Baker                  Double Bass   Staffordshire County Youth Orchestra

Olivia Howdle              Violin               Staffordshire County Youth Orchestra

Dominic Sterland        Viola                Staffordshire County Youth Orchestra

Ashley Sterland           Bassoon           Staffordshire County Youth Orchestra

Dylan Edge                    Violin              CBSO Youth Orchestra

Dominic Sterland          Viola               CBSO Youth Orchestra

Charlotte Howdle         Violin              CBSO Youth Orchestra

Charlotte Howdle         Voice              CBSO Youth Choir

Olivia Howdle               Voice              CBSO Children's Choir

Hannah Percox              Voice              CBSO Youth Choir

Alanagh Bohan             Flute               Birmingham Conservatoire Junior School

Dylan Edge                    Violin              Royal Northern College of Music Junior School

Charlotte Howdle         Violin             Royal College of Music Junior School

 

SGS Concert Band picks up Award at National Finals - July 2015

The Concert Band were delighted to pick up an award for their wonderful performance at the National Finals of the Music for Youth competition at Birmingham's Symphony Hall.  They were wonderful and it appears that the judges agreed!  Two awarded were given and the band was stunned to be named!

 

SGS Big Band to take centre stage at Jazz Festival - May 2015

SGS Big Band is delighted to announce that they will feature on the bill at the renowned Upton Jazz Festival this summer!  We have been invited to form an "alumni" band and so we plan to ask a number of former players back to play with members of the current band.  It should be a lovely reunion for the SGS musicians as well as a great day of jazz!

SGS Concert Band does it again in National competition - May 2015

SGS Concert Band delighted the judges at the area competition for the Music for Youth Regional Festival 2014/15 and have been invited to perform at Birmingham's magnificent Symphony Hall in July in the National Final.  It's been quite a year for our Concert Band!

SGS Concert Band perform at Royal Northern College of Music - April 2015

The Concert Band were rubbing shoulders with the best 6 school bands in the Country and they competed in the National Finals for the National Concert Band Festival (NCBF).  They more than held there own and enjoyed a fabulous day in Manchester.  What an honour!  Read more about the day in our "Recent Concerts" section.

SGS Musicians winning again! - March 2015

Several members of the SGS and SPS Music Department were successful in recent competitions.  Our youngest musician to recieve top prizes was 10 year old Josie Lamplough who picked up 1st Prize in the 12 and under "Musical Theatre" Class at Newcastle Music Festival as well as a 2nd Prize in the 12 and under "own choice" vocal class.  She completed a hatrick with a 3rd place in the "18 and under Brass" class.  At the same Festival 16 year old Simon Ashwood won in the "18 and under vocal" class and Georgie McKinley picked up the trophy for winning the "18 and under Musical Theatre" class.  

Meanwhile at the Tamworth and District Music Festival, Zoe Lawton-Allen was awarded the highest mark of all entrants in the four classes (U11, U14, U16 and U18) for “Song from Stage or Screen”  and was invited to perform at the prize-winner’s concert in April. There she was presented with the trophy for the highest mark and also a Rose Bowl for “Most Promising Singer under 21” 

SGS Music Department makes clean sweep - March 2015

The Music Dept. swept the board at the 2015 Newcastle Music Festival with wins in every class that our ensembles and choirs entered.  There was some really stiff competition but they came out on top.  There were wins for Choir, Junior Choir, Barbershop Male Voice, Prep. School Choir, Concert Band, Saxophone Quartet, Big Band and the Concert Band won the overall Festival trophy.  Well done to all involved!

SGS Concert Band in stunning form at National Concert Band Festival 2014 - November 2014

SGS Concert Band delighted the judges at the area competition for the National Concert Band Festival 2014.  With all of the Midlands bands battling it out to grab a bronze, silver or gold medal and qualification for the National Finals it was a tough ask for our SGS musicians but they wowed the audience and adjudicators alike with stunning performances that won the Platinum medal, which is reserved for truly outstanding performances, and an automatic qualification to the National Finals.  The finals will take place at the Royal Northern College of Music in 2015.  Watch this space for more details!

SGS Music Department answers Royal call - October 2014

We are delighted to announce that a Royal visit to Staffordshire will be supported by the music of Stafford Grammar School's Concert.  Sophie, the Countess of Wessex is visiting the National Arboretum at Alweras to unveil a brand new statue commemorating the work of the Women's Land Army during the 2nd World War and the organisers of the event has requested that the Concert Band provide all of the music for the event.  The event is scheduled to receive national exposure through the media so it will be a wonderful opportunity for the band.

 

Record numbers represent SGS - September 2014

We are proud to report that we currently have record numbers representing SGS at County, District and National level.  Here is a photo with just some of our current musicians.

Current members include:

Charlotte Howdle         Violin             National Children’s Orch.

Dominic Sterland         Viola               National Children’s Chamber Orch.

Charlotte Howdle         Voice              National Children’s Choir

Olivia Howdle                Voice              National Children’s Choir

James Bevan                  Saxophone    National Youth Jazz Orchestra Academy

Olivia Howdle                Violin             National Children’s Orch.

Dominic Sterland          Viola               National Children’s Orch.

Alanagh Bohan              Voice              National Children’s Choir

Dylan Edge                    Violin              National Children’s Orch.  

Ashley Sterland            Bassoon          National Children’s Wind Orch.

James Bevan                 Saxophone     Midlands Youth Jazz Orchestra

Molly Darley                 Saxophone     Midlands Youth Jazz Orchestra II

Georgina Mabey           Violin              Staffordshire County Youth Orchestra

Georgina Mabey           Violin              Derbyshire County Youth Orchestra

Jamie Baker                  Double Bass   Staffordshire County Youth Orchestra

Dylan Edge                    Violin              CBSO Youth Orchestra

Dominic Sterland          Viola               CBSO Youth Orchestra

Charlotte Howdle         Violin              CBSO Youth Orchestra

Charlotte Howdle         Voice              CBSO Children's Choir

Olivia Howdle               Voice              CBSO Children's Choir

Eleanor Sterland           Voice              CBSO Youth Choir

Further exam success! - August 2014

As a whole Stafford Grammar School once again enjoyed a successful results day for both A-Level and GCSE examinations.  The Music Department certainly did their bit with 100% A*-C grades at A-Level and 100% A*-B at GCSE.  Well done to all of our music students on their outstanding results.

Exam Success! - July 2014

SGS Music Department is celebrating more music examination successes.  The latest session of exams saw some outstanding exam results with a full range of exams being taken from Grade 1 through to Diploma.  One area that has enjoyed real success in recent months is our young singers under the direction of Mrs Lamplough.  Amongst our singers we had no less than five pupils successfully taking Grade 8 singing examinations and four taking and passing Diploma exams this year!  Congratulations to them all!

Year 8 pupil shines at National Children's Orchestra Course - April 2014

Charlotte Howdle (Year 8) enjoyed a successful time at the Easter course for the National Children's Orchestra of GB when she was invited to lead the orchestra.  Playing alongside young musicians from all over Great Britain Charlotte "stood out from the crowd" and invited to take the principal Violin seat for the concert at Bournemouth's Lighthouse Arts Centre, home of the Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra.  As leader of the orchestra she featured as a soloist in a number of the pieces.  As if that wasn't enough she then went on to her second course of the Easter holidays as she took her place in the National Children's Choir of Great Britain!  This time she was joined by her sister, Olivia, who is a Year 6 pupil in the Prep. School.  Well done Girls.

As well as the girls representing SGS at National level, we are also proud to announce Ashley Sterland took him place in the National Children's Wind Orchestra this Easter.  Well done Ashley. 

ABRSM High Scorers' Concert - March 2014

We enter pupils each term for examinations with the Associated Board of the Royal Schools of Music and regularly achieve excellent results from Grade 1 through to Grade 8 and even to diploma standard.  Each “geographical area” holds an annual “High Scorer’s Concert” when the local representative of the ABRSM selects those musicians with the highest marks for the last 12 months.  We were delighted to see 4 young musicians from SGS and SPS selected to perform as they not only achieved the top classification of a Distinction but also only dropped the odd mark in their examination giving them a total mark of over 95%!

(L-R): Charlotte Harries (Voice) - Year 7, Zoe Lawton-Allen (Voice) - Year 7, Josie Lamplough (Cornet) - Year 4 and Charlotte Howdle (Piano) - Year 8.

 
The concert was held at Trinity Church, Stafford and organised by ABRSM representative Kevin Bennett who runs a Piano Tuning business and owns Stafford’s Mews Music Shop near to St. Mary’s Church.  It was fantastic recognition of the musical talent at SGS and SPS for these young musicians to be chosen to perform in this concert.   It is a wonderful achievement to be awarded a Distinction or even to pass an exam, but to have been awarded such a high mark is very special indeed.
 
It was also fantastic to see SGS parent Jayne Packham invited to perform in the concert.  Mrs Packham has a daughter, Holly, who is a very active member of the SGS Music Department and was recently inspired to start singing lessons with SGS Peripatetic singing teacher Mrs Lamplough.  In her very first examination (Grade 5 singing) she achieved such a high Distinction that she was also chosen for this concert - well done Mrs Packham!

 

NEWCASTLE-UNDER-LYME MUSIC FESTIVAL - March 2014

SGS achieved a "clean sweep" of winning performances at the Newcastle Music Festival.  SGS Concert Band, Big Band (Jazz Band) and Saxophone Quartet were competing against school, area and even more mature groups from Staffordshire and Cheshire.  Whilst some would argue that competitive music making holds some risk in terms of pupil morale and confidence our experience at Stafford Grammar School has only been a positive one.  Whilst Saturday was an extremely positive experience for our musicians as they performed to an exceptionally high standard and picked up FOUR first placed trophies they have also had occasions when they have not been as successful in terms of silverware.  But it is on these occasions that they have learned more about their music-making and their general deportment.  This was evident in both their music  and their reaction to their success on Saturday.  At Stafford Grammar School we perform over 30 concerts each year but we value the opportunity to perform in competitive events such as this as it really serves to focus the pupils musically.  (full report in concerts section)

SGS SIXTH FORM MUSICIAN GAINS COUNTY SUCCESSES - March 2014

SGS A-Level musician Georgina Mabey has recently been successful in audition for the position of leader of the Staffordshire County Youth Orchestra.  She is looking forward to leading the orchestra in the upcoming concerts in the summer term.  In addition to this she has gained a place in the final of the Staffordshire Young Musician of the Year.  Well done Georgie on a very successful few weeks!

 

SGS CONCERT BAND SHINE AT NATIONAL COMPETITION - November 2013

SGS Concert Band made their debut in the prestigious National Wind Band Festival and walked away with the Gold Medal!  This was a wonderful achievement as they performed alongside established bands who have regularly won competitions of this kind for many years.  They certainly should have been justly proud of their efforts as they travelled back up the motorway from Cheltenham!

 

SGS WELCOMES WEST END STAR - November 2013

West End star and winner of the BBC1 "Over the Rainbow" competition to find a Dorothy, Danielle Hope, came to Stafford Grammar School to work with talented students.  Mr Lamplough formed a 40-piece chorua and a 16-piece "pit orchestra" to work alongside Danielle in an afternoon workshop before the young stars performed alongside the leading lady in a wonderful concert to a packed sports hall.  The students certainly enjoyed their moment in the spotlight with a star and the evening concert became the "hottest ticket in town"!

 

SGS PUPIL SINGS SOLO AT BIRMINGHAM'S SYMPHONY HALL - November 2013

A-Level musician Eleanor Sterland sung as a soloist at Birmingham's magnificent Symphony Hall as part of a concert celebrating the Benjamin Britten anniversary.  Eleanor, a member of the CBSO Youth Choir was chosen for this solo by the leaders of the Youth Choir - a wonderful opportunity!  This experience followed "hot on the heals" of an appearance with massed choruses at the Royal Albert Hall in the Proms series 2013.

 

SGS PUPIL REPRESENTS UK WITH NATIONAL CHILDREN'S ORCHESTRA OF GREAT BRITAIN

Dominic Sterland (Year 9) took his place in the Viola section of the National Children's full Orchestra this Easter for the very first time.  With only 13 Violas in the full orchestra Dominic had performed extremely well in audition to gain a place and as the week progressed he worked his way up to 5th desk.  A fantastic achievement for his first course.  Congratulations Dominic and we look forward to following your progress with the orchestra.

SGS PUPIL SHINES WITH NATIONAL CHILDREN'S ORCHESTRA OF GREAT BRITAIN

As well as attending her first National Children's Orchestra course this Easter Charlotte Howdle was also handed an extra honour.  Whilst there she stood out from the crowd and was invited to lead the orchestra in it's Easter concerts.  To be recognised as the finest violinist and lead any orchestra is always a great honour but to do this for the National Children's Orchestra AND in her first course is a wonderful achievement.  Congratulations Charlotte!

NEWCASTLE-UNDER-LYME MUSIC FESTIVAL - March 2013

We entered a number of classes and came away with a clean sweep of first place prizes…..almost!  The Recorder Group were successful in winning the Recorder Groups 16 years and under.  This is the 4th year that they have won this.  Georgie McKinley (Year 10 - just 16 years old) did incredibly well to win the 16 yrs old and over category for Music Theatre with "Somewhere" from West Side Story.  Georgie was by far the youngest in a class intended for experienced musicians.  Simon Ashwood won the 13-15 years old Songs from Stage and Screen class with "On the Street Where you live" from My Fair Lady.  The SGS Big Band were the winners of the Open Band competition which included very experienced adult ensembles and our Big Band were the only school group.  The clean sweep was completed by the SGS Concert Band in the Bands 19 years and under class when they were awarded the highest total of marks for their performance of "The Rainbow Warrior".  They were, however, prevented from lifting the trophy as their performance exceeded the allotted 6 minutes for this category by a mere 20 seconds!

 

TAMWORTH AND DISTRICT MUSIC FESTIVAL

Sisters Charlotte and Olivia Howdle took part in the Tamworth and District Music Festival where Charlotte was placed in the 'outstanding' category for the first time in the string solo class (14 and under). This mark was the highest awarded across all of the strings classes, so she has won a major trophy 'the Bessie Findley' which will be presented to her by the Mayor at the Prizewinner's concert in April, where she will perform again.  Together, the girls also achieved a mark of 87 for their instrumental duet, which has won them 'the Pat Penney' trophy. Again, this will be presented to them when they have performed again at the Prizewinner's concert.  Charlotte came first and Olivia second in the Grade 6 to 8 strings class too and Olivia won her solo strings class (10 and under) with a distinction and a mark of 87.  Olivia also won the Grade 3 to 5 vocal category, with Charlotte coming 3rd.  They were also placed 2nd and 3rd in their respective 'song from the musicals' categories, Leo Blair winning Charlotte's class (the son of Tony Blair). His parents weren't there!

 

STAFFORDSHIRE YOUNG MUSICIAN OF THE YEAR COMPETITION

Charlotte Howdle and Dominic Sterland have been selected, from a preliminary round which took place on 2nd February, to take place in the final of Staffordshire Musician of the Year.  There are nine finalists and Stafford Grammar School is the only school to have two children in the final.  It will take place on 30th June at Eastgate Street, Stafford.

 

ROTARY YOUNG MUSICIAN OF THE YEAR 2013

Charlotte Howdle won the vocal class at the District final of the Rotary Young Musician of the Year competition in Warwick on Wednesday night and earned herself a place in the Regional final.  The vocalists have now been narrowed down to 4 Regional finalists (including Charlotte) who are the winners of the Welsh, West Midlands/Shropshire and Gloucestershire/Worcestershire District finals.) The vocalists are predominantly 16-18 years old.

 

MUSIC COLLEGE OFFERS

We are delighted to announce that two of our Upper 6th musicians have gained a place to study at some of Europe's premier Music College to read music when they leave SGS in the summer.

Lauren Baker (Violin) - Royal Academy of Music & Trinity College of Music

Sarah Knight (Saxophone) - Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama & Leeds College of Music

 

 

SGS REPRESENTING THE UK

We are also delighted that a number of our pupils have been selected for national and regional groups.

Adam Handford (Trumpet) - English Schools Orchestra

Amy Walker (Voice) - National Youth Choir of Great Britain

Charlotte and Olivia Howdle (both Violin) - National Children's Orchestra of Great Britain

Dominic Sterland (Viola) - National Children's Orchestra of Great Britain

Charlotte and Olivia Howdle (both Voice) - National Children's Choir of Great Britain

Charlotte and Olivia Howdle (both Voice) - CBSO Children's Choir

Milly Yates (Voice) - CBSO Youth Choir

Eleanor Sterland (Voice) - CBSO Youth Choir

Rebecca Kohler (Voice) - CBSO Youth Choir

Dominic Sterland (Viola) - CBSO Youth Orchestra

Lauren Baker (Violin) - RNCM Junior School

Oliver Chatham (Violin) - RNCM Junior School

 

Our Big Band has recently completed recording a new album called "JAZZ AT THE GRAMMAR".  The 9 tracks include an array of Jazz styles from 1940's Big Band swing to more contemporary styles including latin jazz.  You can buy this fantastic new CD for £10 by contacting us at music@staffordgrammar.co.uk.

 

Our Concert Band has recently completed a successful 7 day tour to Italy.  Giving 5 concerts in Rome and Florence, the band enjoyed a fabulous reception from the Italian public and this was documented on a professional recording of our concerts.  You can buy this live recording, called "VIVA ITALIA", for £10 by contacting us at music@staffordgrammar.co.uk.

 

Our Music Department has released it's first CD.  In October 2010 Stafford Grammar School Music Department recorded a professional CD with Pure Technical Services of Sheffield.  Recorded on location at Stafford Grammar School, edited in Sheffield, designed in Newcastle-under-Lyme, mastered in London and reproduced at the SONY factory in Austria; this CD certainly travelled a long way before we launched the CD at our Christmas concert on Tuesday 7th December 2010.  If you would like to purchase a copy of our CD contact the music department by emailing music@staffordgrammar.co.uk.  We hope that when listening to it you will catch just a glimpse of the tremendous talent that the pupils of Stafford Grammar School have and the enjoyment they share when making music. 

 

Thank you for the Music is available at a reduced price of £5

 

Thank you for the Music CD Sleeve