2017 - 2018
Music Department - Week Beginning 29th January
to everyone who was involved in Joseph and Technicolour Dreamcoat!
Absolutely wonderful performance on Friday evening: you should be
very proud of yourselves!
Schola Cantorum - Dido and Aeneas
There is an extra rehearsal for those involved in Dido on WEDNESDAY at 3PM with Mrs Gull (As per the letter). Please make sure you are punctual for the rehearsal and that you know the words of our 3 choruses.
If you have ordered tickets for Dido, these will be available for collection at the office later in the week. Please remember to tell your family to come to support you. Full price tickets will be available on the door - discounted tickets are only available in advance.
Junior and Senior Orchestra Rehearsals
THIS WEEK - Monday and Friday at 3PM.
Advance notice for all groups (steel pans; orchestras; choirs)
Spring Concert - Thursday 22nd March, 6pm, St Cecilia.
Music Department News – January 2018
This is going to be a very busy term for all our musicians!
Monday, 8.15am: Flute Group (Mrs Conquest)
3-4pm: Junior Orchestra (Mr Cassidy/Lloyd King)
Tuesday, 8.15am: Schola Cantorum (Mr Carney, Mr Cassidy)
3-4pm: Theory Club and GCSE coursework catch-up session (Mr Simeone)
Thursday, 8.15am: Schola Cantorum
3-4pm: GCSE coursework catch-up session (Mrs Handley)
Friday, 3-4pm: Steel Pans (Mrs Munroe)
Senior Orchestra (Mr Carney, Mr Cassidy)
Friday 26 January, 7pm Joseph and the amazing technicolour dreamcoat!
St Cecilia Auditorium
Friday 9th February, 7.30pm Dido and Aeneas – an opera by Henry Purcell
Guildhall school of Music, Leicester University, Schola Cantorum
St Cecilia Auditorium
Sunday 28 January, 7pm Senior students and nominated musicians contribute to Leicestershire’s Holocaust Memorial Event
Frazer Noble Hall, Leicester University
Thurs 22 March, 6pm Spring Concert featuring ensembles and soloists
Competitions: Leicester MusicFest, held at the school 10-12 February
Examinations: Trinity College Music Examinations will be held at the school during weekends in March and April. Please speak to your instrumental/ vocal teacher about applying.
Congratulations to all those students who recently took grade examinations. Mr Carney will be arranging to see you all.
2016 - 2017
Primary Music Partnership
Beginning this week, English Martyrs' music department is pleased providing music lessons at both St Patrick's School and Christ the King School as part of a special project to help links through the year 6 to year 7 transition period.
Mr Cassidy will be teaching the year 6s some solo performances pieces and a very special massed item ready to be performed at the Spring Concert on March 30th where all musicians from English Martyrs' and now St Patrick's and Christ the King will join together to play as one, very large, musical force.
LSMS Gold Award Ceremony - 27th January
After a Leicestershire Schools Music Service audit of the music department last year, the music department was awarded the Gold Quality Mark Award at an awards ceremony on Friday 20th January.
The presentation comments rightly focused on the wonderful spirit shown by, and to musicians with an atmosphere of respect and support throughout the whole school. Our four years of continued and rapid exam improvements leading to outstanding results last year were part of the audit evidence, and a special mention was given to the Schola Cantorum and their outstanding contribution both within the school and externally.
This award is for all of our committed musicians who aspire to perform at their highest individual level and use their talents to enjoy music making.
Songwriting Masterclass - 27th January
Many of our school musicians took the opportunity to enjoy a songwriting masterclass on Friday 20th January, led by Rosie and Marcus Joseph. Students learnt about the four different starting points to songwriting: melody, harmony, rhythm, lyrics. Together, the students composed a song on the theme of 'unity', showing great maturity and insight whilst considering the lyrics and melody especially.
Holocaust Memorial Event - 25th January
Musicians from English Martyrs' were again invited to provide the musical programme for Leicester Holocaust Memorial Day on 25th January at Fraser Noble Hall in Leicester University. Two of our finest musicians performed in front of a large and appreciative audience including the Lord Mayor of Leicester and faith leaders from around the city. Victoria Malone (soprano) performed a beautiful but rarely heard song, "She Walks in Beauty", the first of Isaac Nathan's Hebrew Melodies (1815). Nathan's songs set tunes heard in Synagogues in London around 1800 to newly written words by Lord Byron. Daniel Bennett played Brahms's Intermezzo Op. 76 No. 7, a profoundly serious and reflective piece composed in 1878. Both performed and represented English Martyrs' to the highest standard.
Bassoon workshop at St John the Baptist - 20th January
On Friday 20th January three of our bassoon students visited St John the Baptist Primary School to take part in a promotional workshop with students from English Martyrs, St John the Baptist and Robert Smyth Academy.
The afternoon consisted of a masterclass by renowned bassoon soloist Laurence Perkins, ensemble playing with all senior bassoonists and secondary school students teaching primary students how to play the bassoon. You can learn more about Laurence at http://laurenceperkins.com/
Our students were professional and caring teachers throughout and a credit to the music department of English Martyrs.
This thoroughly enjoyable afternoon was held in partnership with the Leicestershire Schools Music Service, through whom we are able to provide the bassoon lessons which are available in school. If you would like to learn the bassoon please speak to Mr Carter.
Schola Cantorum sing Evensong at Leicester Cathedral - 20th January
Once again, the Schola Cantorum of English Martyrs was pleased to accept an invitation to sing Choral Evensong with the Choir of Leicester Cathedral on Friday 20th January as part of the week of prayer for Christian Unity.
The service of evensong in the Church of England is based on the ancient monastic prayer of "Vespers" which by the time of the reformation in England was already an office set to elaborate choral music.
This tradition continues in the Church of England today and evensong is a series of sung psalms, canticles and hymns sung by the choir lasting about 45 minutes. Much of the music for this service was composed by a nineteenth century Irish composer who worked in Cambridge, Charles Stanford. There were solo opportunities for students Thomas Good, Victoria Malone and Joseph Reilly, all of whom showed great professionalism and musicality in their respective solos.
A particular highlight was the opportunity for all the musicians was the opportunity to sing the setting of the English Martyrs' school prayer, "Lord Jesus Christ, make me a better person..." which was written for the Fiftieth anniversary of our school two years ago by composer Simon Lole.
Our thanks go to our incredibly committed students who have worked hard since the start of term to be ready for this occasion and to the young people of the cathedral choir and Dr Johns, Director of Music, for their hospitality.
The evening ended with a well deserved choir trip to Pizza Hut.
Christmas Carol Service - 20th and 21st December
Christmas Carol Services were held for parents on Tuesday evening and for the whole school on Wednesday morning in the St Cecilia Auditorium, and once again it was our excellent musicians who took a leading role.
For many of the Young Voices it was the first time they had performed in the Carol Service and they were excellent in a joint item with the Senior Orchestra, Come they Told Me.
The Senior Orchestra also accompanied Schola Cantorum in A Maiden Most Gentle, and the congregation in Away in a Manger. The Senior Orchestra highlight however was Do You Hear What I Hear, which was played with great warmth and expression.
Schola Cantorum once again performed A Maiden Most Gentle and Tomorrow Shall Be My Dancing Day from the Menphys Concert, alongside the Stanford setting of the Magnificat.
With the Steel Pan orchestra playing the congregation in, the orchestra playing them out and flute group entertaining during the Christmas Market, it was music once again that set the magical Christmas atmosphere.
Rising Stars Competition - 15th December
This week saw our first Rising Stars competition at English Martyrs' School. This was a year 8 & 9 band competition, where the bands could either perform original works or a cover. There was a real buzz of anticipation as all the music practice rooms were full of bands rehearsing before, during and after school. The event itself didn't disappoint. All bands performed exceptionally well with keys, drums, guitars, glockenspiel, flute and violin all on display. Congratulations to the winners from year 8: Maya-Louise Dunkley, Pierce Blair, and Faith Ng'Ondya who performed a song composed by Maya herself, and to the judge Julie Maxwell from Woodgate music.
Menphys Concert - 2nd December
This year Schola Cantorum chose to perform Tomorrow Shall Be My Dancing Day set by John Gardner as their solo item which is a jaunty and lively setting of a 16th century Cornish poem. Their performance and professionalism was nothing short of outstanding. Congratulations to Schola Cantorum and their continued contribution to this charity event.
Resurrection Choir Gala Concert - 28th November
GCSE Performances - 17th November
Congratulations to our year 11 GCSE students who performed in their performances coursework concert this week. Music ranged from current top of the chart numbers, to Dvorak with everything in between. We were pleased to welcome parents to watch the performances after they will have heard and witnessed many months of home practicing for the event.
We are delighted that the new Leicester MusicFest is going to be held at English Martyrs! Leicester MusicFest is run by a team of local professional musicians and teachers, all of whom are volunteers. The festival which offers competitions, concerts and masterclasses is being held on 11th and 12th March 2017. As the festival is being held at the St Cecilia Arts Centre in our school, it is hoped that many of our musicians will take part in the various activities.
You can read more about the festival at: www.leicestermusicfest.com
Year 7 Annual Showcase
On the 13th of October, we held our annual Year 7 Concert, a show that allows all members of Year 7 the chance to perform, and also allows individual soloists to display their talents. This well attended concert used all 180 members of Year 7, all of them coming together to perform multiple pieces as a combined force, and more individual songs in form groups. The concert was a complete success, with Year 7’s talents being showcased through a variety of genres of music. We also welcomed family members and other members of the school to the concert, making a fantastic audience to perform in front of.
Lindsey Van Kroonenburg
From Adele to AC-DC, we are extremely proud of our new performers, and look forward to working with their strengths for the next coming years.
You can find all of the pieces performed on the English Martyrs Music website in the media section.
Worlds Biggest Coffee Morning
On September 30th, we hosted a concert in aid of Macmillan Cancer Research, through the Worlds Biggest Coffee Morning. The presence of family members and the wider community created a safe environment for the young performers reciting their pieces. There were many new soloists who gave extremely enthusiastic and confident performances, along with Young Voices' first concert of the year. We are extremely proud of our students, and are appreciative of their families input.
This week many students have had the opportunities to take taster sessions on the bassoon and pipe organ. Our organ teacher gave an engaging Organ recital to many students who then had an opportunity to explore the organ in closer detail.
If anyone would like to learn a musical instrument in school, please pick up an information leaflet from your classroom teacher.
Jugendkapelle Lindau Visit
On September 8th English Martyrs' welcomed the Jugendkapelle Lindau for the morning. They performed in a joint concert with the English Martyrs' massed orchestra to year 7 students.
The programme from both orchestras was light and very enjoyable, including Ghostbusters (with year 7 in fine voice) and Valerie. Our students then led the Lindau musicians in a tour of the school before the visitors left to visit the Richard III centre.
Pictures from this enjoyable collaboration can be found here: http://www.englishmartyrsmusic.org/copy-of-dmh-2016
GCSE and A Level Success
Congratulations to our students who have achieved such fantastic results in their summer music exams.
Markian Lachman has been rewarded for his hard work and achievements in his music studies with a place at Manchester University to read music. This is the fourth consecutive year that students from English Martyrs' have go on to study music at University. Best wishes and good luck in your musical career Markian.
Seven of our twelve GCSE students achieved a fantastic A*! Well done!
Value Added (how well students achieve compared to target grade) has risen continuously over the last four years
Subject residual (how well students achieve in music compared to their other subjects) has risen continuously over the last four years
A* - C% has risen continuously of the last three years
A* - A% has risen continuously of the last three years
2015 - 2016
More Exam Success
Congratulations to the following hard working students for their fantastic exam success:
Joseph Reilly - Grade 6 Piano
Daniel Bennett - Grade 5 Organ
Liam Wheatley - Grade 4 Euphonium
Elise Huller - Grade 2 Clarinet
Nicole Davies - Grade 2 Trumpet
Thomas Good - Grade 2 Piano
23rd March - Evensong with Peterborough School
The Schola Cantorum sang Choral Evensong (sung evening prayer) at Leicester Cathedral for Holy Week on Wednesday 23 March. For this occasion we joined together with friends from the choir of The Peterborough School who travelled over for the rehearsal and service. The combined choirs were directed by Louise Reid who is a highly accomplished organist, choral director and singer and the result was amazing. This was a beautiful occasion with restrained music reflecting the solemnity of Holy Week. Our Schola is already looking forward to a return visit to sing in the Norman splendour of Peterborough’s cathedral which is 900 years old next year.
17th March - St Patrick's Evening Concert
All students from Young Voices, Schola Cantorum, Junior Orchestra, Senior Orchestra, Ukulele Group and Steel Pans performed in our fantastic St Patrick's Day concert. This was a wonderful opportunity for students to showcase to parents, and their peers the different ensembles thats take place at English Martyrs'. All the students were then able to perform together in a massed finale of the Beach Boys' God Only Knows. You can watch all performances of the St Patrick's Day concert here.
28th January - KS3 Music Showcase
What an evening! Students from year 7 - 9 excelled themselves in a stunning concert that included both high quality performances, but also a contagious atmosphere of really enjoying what they do. There were many magical performances on the night from Junior Orchestra to Young Voices and many soloists too, but none more so than Jacob Seamans stunning performance of I Giorni on the piano. I know many of you will like to visit our media page to re-live this moment and others from the concert. The performers were so pleased to perform in front of a busy auditorium and I have no doubt that it is this that improved their performance even further. Well done year 7 - 9.
26th January - Schola Cantorum sing Evensong
Congratulations to all those many new students to Schola Cantorum this year for taking part in their first event, Evensong with Leicester Cathedral choir. Repertoire included Thou wilt keep him in perfect peace (Wesley) and Magnificat and Nunc Dimittis (Stanford). Well done to all involved.
13th January - Young Voices Concert
On Wednesday 13th January our Young Voices Choir joined over 6,000 other children to perform at the Birmingham Arena.
They had a fantastic evening singing with the UK’s biggest choir. Guest performances from Laura Wright and Tom Billington were a particular highlight for the students. The Young Voices also danced along with Urban Strides and learnt how to beat box with the UK beat box champions.
Three of our students were chosen to be interviewed for the Young Voices website. Chic Jacobs, Ollie Bishop and Denzel Fuzane were asked all about the Young Voices experience and why it is such a fantastic event.
Well done to all who participated. Photos from the event are in the gallery.
9th January - London trip to Royal Festival Hall for Messiaen Turangalila Study
On Saturday 9th January, a group of our Year 11 and Year 12 students travelled with Mr. Carney to London’s South Bank Centre to attend a study day at the Royal Festival Hall on the French composer Olivier Messiaen (1908–92) and his massive Turangalîla Symphony. The day, attended by a large group of music enthusiasts, was presented by Gillian Moore, Director of Music at the South Bank, and the two experts invited to talk were Tom Service from BBC Radio 3, and our own Mr. Simeone who is co-author of the standard biography of the composer. They explained how Messiaen’s highly unusual musical language is used in the Turangalîla Symphony, and something about the man himself – a devout Roman Catholic who was also fascinated by nature (particularly birdsong) and by music from Asia, particularly India and Indonesia. One of the most important influences on Messiaen’s music was the Indonesian Gamelan (a kind of percussion orchestra) and as part of the study day our students were able to play the spectacular Gamelan at the South Bank, under the direction of Dr. Sophie Ransby. After the day was over, our students had the rare privilege of going on to the stage of Royal Festival Hall, one of the world’s most famous concert halls.
Congratulations to all students who are now finding out music exam results.
Mollie Preston - Grade 6 Cello
Daniel Bennett - Grade 6 Flute
Daniel Bennett - Grade 6 Piano
Joseph Reilly - Grade 5 Theory
James Upton - Grade 4 Trombone
Eve Harris - Grade 4 Trumpet
Fern Harrison - Grade 3 Flute
Owen McNicholl - Grade 3 Theory
Julia John - Grade 1 Piano
Oliwia Baraniuk - Grade 1 Piano
Good luck to those still waiting to take their exam, or find out results. Please make sure you tell Mr Carter when you get your result.
17th & 18th December - Christmas Carol Services
A huge congratulations to so many students for such a special Christmas period. On the evening of 17th December we had Flute Choir, Steel Pan Orchestra, Young Voices, Schola Cantorum and Senior Orchestra all performing either in the carol service itself or welcoming parents and visitors into the school. After two days of rehearsals, and a very successful event, the students were back at it on the final Friday of term as they led the three carol services for the whole school. Well done to these students who worked so hard to perpare for these events. Check out the gallery and media area for pictures.
12th December - Young Voices at Ratby Mid Band Concert
The Young Voices choir recently performed at the Ratby Co-operative Mid Bands annual brass and voices concert. They entertained the audience with three pieces which included soloists James Upton and Francesca Taylor. The atmosphere was fantastic throughout the evening, the massed choirs and band pieces proved a real highlight. As well as performing with the Ratby Brass Band they also performed with Stokes Wood Primary School and Desford Primary school and they all raised the roof. The evening was a wonderful end to a busy first term for the choir who have showed a fantastic level of hard work and commitment. We look forward to 2016 and performing at the Birmingham LG arena in January and later in the year De Montfort Hall and St Theresa's Church.
Photos from the concert and all Christma 2015 events can be found in the gallery.
4th December - Menphys Concert at De Montfort Hall
On Friday our school's musicians were represented in force at the annual Menphys Carol Concert at De Montfort Hall. The concert brought together the combined choirs of all of Leicestershire's twenty three Catholic schools and was performed to a packed house of guests who included Bishop Patrick, Bishop of Nottingham; Lady Gretton, the Lord Lieutenant of Leicestershire as well as the Lord Mayor of Leicester, Councillor Cassidy. The orchestra, which featured many of our students played throughout the concert and was directed by our school's former Head of Music, Mr Lowe. As their solo item our Schola Cantorum performed John Rutter's 'Donkey Carol' which they will also be singing at the school's Festival of Readings and Carols on Thursday 17 December at 6pm in the St Cecilia Auditorium.
29th November - Messiah at Royal Albert Hall
On Sunday 29th November a small group of us from the Schola Cantorum represented the school at Youth Scratch Messiah at the Royal Albert Hall, London. The concert was a gathering of more than 40 youth choirs from all over England. After a two hour rehearsal this massed choir of nearly 1000 performers gave a stunning performance of Handel's Oratorio 'The Messiah' which includes the famous 'Hallelujah Chorus'. The concert took place in the Royal Albert Hall, best known for the Prom concerts that take place there each summer culminating in the 'Last Night of the Proms' of Land of Hope and Glory fame. Many parents also travelled with us and after some Christmas shopping - whilst we rehearsed - they were able to attend the afternoon concert, which was sold out. All proceeds of the event will go to the charity Water Aid which works to transform people's lives with safe water and toilets. As we heard at the concert, currently one out of ten people in the world do not have access to safe drinking water and one of out three access to a toilet. You can read more about the charity's work at
23rd November - Progress Week
Last week was such an enjoyable week for myself, Mr Carter, as all the musicians who have instrumental lessons, and the year 11 GCSE had their progress week performance or exam. The dedication to home practise was evident in many cases, and all students were well prepared. I owe a huge thank you to all the instrumental teachers who have worked so hard with these students. The future is looking very bright!
12th November - St Cecilia Concert
Although this concert fell over a week before St Cecilias day, the quality and range of musicians was fit for the Saint the event is named after. I was especially pleased that over thirty students were performing in an English Martyrs' music concert for the first time. The concert consisted of Schola Cantorum, who were singing Faure Requiem, Young Voices, Junior and Senior Orchestra, Flute Group and sixth form soloists. Well done to all of these musicians and to the large audience that attended. I hope to see you all again. Once the photos and videos from the event are with me they will be uploaded.
15th October - Year 7 Concert
Every single member of year 7 took part in their first ever concert at English Martyrs' on 15th October, and what an amazing sound 190 musicians make. The concert included whole year pieces, individual form pieces and soloists. A special well done to our six individual solo item musicians. Performances of the full concert can be found HERE. And you should visit the gallery page for pictures from the event. Congratulations year 7!
8th October - BBC 10 Pieces @ Odeon Cinema
Forty Five English Martyrs' students watched the fabulous BBC 10 pieces film at the Odeon cinema. This introduced the students to 10 famous pieces of orchestral music, the story behind the pieces and composer, an insight into the musical elements of the piece and a close up view of the BBC Philharmonic Orchestra performing. The feedback from students has been fantastic. Now it is their turn to perform these pieces within our orchestras.
30th September and 1st October - Open Evening
Well done to our student performers on both open evening nights. The Senior Orchestra performed James Bond and One Day Like This, Flute Group performed many pieces including Morning Has Broken and What Shall We Do With The Drunken Sailor, and we had individual solos including On My Own, Consider Yourself and Wrecking Ball. Our students, as always, displayed great professionalism and received many compliments from the visiting parents.
26th September 2015 - Leicester Symphony Orchestra Concert
Thank you to the Leicester Symphony Orchestra for their fantastic concert in St Cecilia Auditorium. For many of our students from year 8 - 12 who came to watch, it was their very first live orchestral experience. They thoroughly enjoyed some wonderful music, inspiring them to watch another orchestra soon.
25th September 2015 - Our first @3.15
Today we held our first @3.15 event, in conjunction with the MacMillan world's biggest coffee morning event. This was a great event with 16 different performances extremely well supported by parents. A special congratulations to students who performed in a public concert for the first time at English Martyrs' as a soloist: Amelia Nutting (Euphonium), Terrance Oppon (Trombone), Liam Wheatley (Euphonium), Grace Clay (Piano), Joe Reilly (Piano). A huge thank you to our amazing hospitality team who served tea, coffee and cake so professionally, and sixth form students who assisted with logistics and photograhy. All pictures from the event are on the gallery.
15th September 2015 - Schola Cantorum sing at St Peter's Confirmation
Well done and thank you to our excellent small group of Schola Cantorum who sang at St Peter's Confirmation mass. Our selected students were Mollie Preston, Victoria Malone, Shajohn Saju, Emily Hulls, Niamh Cramp, Sini Mathew, Issac Saunders, Daniel Bennett and Lloyd King. Some of their repertoire :
O Sacrum Convivium - Richard Farrant
If ye love me - Thomas Tallis
Veni Creator Spiritus - Plainchant
Leicester Symphony Orchestra
We are very pleased to be hosting Leicester Symphony Orchestra for their Chamber Serenade concert. This is free for students and £10 for parents. All students in music ensembles, or studying music in year 10 - 13 should attend. Please see Mr Carter for your free ticket.
GCSE and A Level Results
Congratulations to our GCSE and A Level students for another set of fine results. Our GCSE 'value added' score (how well students do compared to their expected grade) have continued their rise for the third consecutive year. This is another demonstration of a department that continues to go from strength to strength.
A special well done to student Liam Leonard whose grade B helped him achieve his goal of studying music at Bristol University. He joins other English Martyrs' alumni Liam Cramp and Alice Wright to be currently studying music at degree level.
Congratulations to all students who are now finding out music exam results.
Liam Leonard - Grade 8 Piano
Zoe Hodgson - Grade 6 Flute
Lloyd King - Grade 6 Trumpet
Daniel Bennett - Grade 5 Theory
James Upton - Grade 4 Singing
Victoria Malone - Grade 3 Singing
Caitlin Sweeney - Grade 3 Piano
Natalie Mathews - Grade 2 Flute
Good luck to those still waiting to take their exam, or find out results. Please make sure you tell Mr Carter when you get your result.
9th July 2015 - End of Year Mass
Thank you and congratulations to the Orchestra, Schola Cantorum, Young Voices, Year 10 GCSE Singers and all others in the 50 strong choir who led the wonderful end of year mass. I have had so many compliments about the sound you made, and enthusiasm you showed. Well done!
3rd July 2015 - Summer Music Concert
All year 7 and 8 students watched a wonderful concert to finsh 'Enterprise Day'. Our Junior Orchestra, Senior Orchestra, Young Voices and Year 10 GCSE Singers performed with great professionalism and confidence. The audience played their part too in joining the musicians to learn 'Walking in the Light of God', ready for our whole school end of year mass on Thursday 9th July. Well done to them and to all the performers. The programme for the concert was:
Massed Orchestra and Ellie Marchant - Valerie
Liam Leonard - Chopin: Waltz in B minor OP.69 no.2
All musicians, year 7s and year 8 - Walking in the Light of God
Massed Orchestra - Rolling in the deep
Year 10 GCSE Singers - Crazy in Love
Young Voices - Lion King Medley
All musicians - One Day Like This
This was also the final music concert for some of our older dedicated musicians who now move on to continue their studies at Univeristy or Colleges. Thank you for your dedication and commitment to Zoe Hodgson, Matthew Laurel, Reegan Richardson, Richard Waiharo.
1st July 2015 - Brass Concert at Holy Cross
Six of our brass players visited Holy Cross Primary School today to give a
concert to the year 4s, who are all going to be learning brass instruments
next academic year. The year 4 students really enjoyed listening to, and
learning about brass from Elizabeth Cross, Eve Harris, Terrance Oppon,
Amelia Nutting, Charlotte Denston and Nicole Davies.
Well done to those students.
25th June 2015 - KS3 1960s Music Competition
In our Golden Jubilee year, we decided that the theme for this years competition would be the 1960s. All year 7s chose to sing a 1960s hit, whilst year 8 and 9s composed either a 1960s influenced song, or a hymn for their class mass. Year 7s sang I'm a Believer, Stand by Me, Feeling Good, Hey Jude and Welcome to the '60s. It was a brilliant competition with really spirited performances creating a great atmosphere all round. The competition judge Mrs Sexton decided that the year 7 runners up were Fisher, and the winners Clitheore. The winners prize is an afternoon bowling. The year 8 and 9 winner was Marlon Thompson, Luke Lawton, Annalia Forknall-Thorne and Mollie Preston. Their prize is to record their hymn in a recording studio. Congratulations to all participants.
Photos are in the gallery.
24th June 2015 - English Martyrs' Awards Evening
Congratulations to the following students who have recieved the music award for their year:
Year 7: James Upton and Angel Oseghal
Year 8: Patrick Mortimer - Smith and Klaudia Blandizka
Year 9: Luke Lawton and Victoria Malone
Year 10: Elizabeth Cross and Daniel Bennett
Well done to all the year 10 students who performed at the ceremony. Daniel Bennett, Allen Biju, Emily Hulls, Ellie Marchant, Anu Benny, Lloyd King and Lara Beswick
5th June 2015 - An evening of Music and Dance at Blessed Sacrament Church
Musicians from English Martyrs' School, joined others from local parishes at a relaxed and enjoyable concert on the evening of 5th June 2015. Selected members of Schola Cantorum performed five pieces from their Veni Creator Spiritus CD, alongside a Psalm composition by Victoria Malone. Congratulations to Schola Cantorum debutants Katie Toms, Megan Shearer, Katie Jordan and Stephanie Brandist.
Marlon King, Annalia Forknall - Thorne and Luke Lawton performed their class mass winning composition; Lloyd King played A Nightingale Sang in Berkley Square on Trumpet, and Victoria Malone sang Close Every Door from Joseph and his Technicolour Dreamcoat. Thank you and well done to all of these students, alongside Shanee - Anais McDonald and Fidelis Gittao for their professionalism and musicianship.
21st May 2015 - French Breakfast Celebration
To celebrate and thank the superb achievements of our musicans during our Golden Jubilee Celebrations, a special 'French Breakfast' was had on Thursday 21st May. The Senior Orchestra, Young Voices and Schola Cantorum sat down together to enjoy hot chocolate, croissants, pain au chocolates and an enjoyable conversation with each other. It was a lovely way to celebrate together in a relaxed and sociable atmosphere.