Wednesday, 8 February 2012

Extra Curricular Music Trip

Hello one and all,
Beth Cuckson here to tell you all about our extra curricular music trip to Park Hall Hotel with Runshaw College. On the trip were: Freddie Dewhurst, Laura Oldfield, Josh Mascord and Yours Truly! We were involved in an improvisation workshop and encountered many different composition techniques including the Da Da or "cut-up" method which basically meant that we all wrote one lyric that we thought should be in the song and put them all in a box. We then drew out the lyrics at random, this became the words of our song. We used the same method to select the chord sequence, we now had a finished song! We called this song Think Positive!! We were then shown a film that we had to produce a soundtrack for though improvisation. We were given a range of notes we could use for our improvisation but we had to chose when to play, when not to play and how fast to play each time. Before the workshop began none of these songs existed! We performed both the improvised songs at the concert in the evening along with a piece called Do It Again. I'm glad to say everyone who went on this trip thoroughly enjoyed the workshop and the concert (even though we were the only school from the workshop that stayed for the evening concert)! We hope that we will be able to go on trips like this again.
That's all for now,
Beth Cuckson signing off!

Saturday, 28 January 2012

Awards Evening and Christmas Concert 2011

Hello again,
Beth Cuckson and Oliver Dunkley (one of the new members of the reporting team for the BBEC music blog) here to keep you up to date on all the activity going on in the music dept. Today we're going to tell you about our performances at the Awards Evening and the Christmas Concert.
At the Awards Evening we had the Concert Band, the Vocal Trio and Quartet and the Swing Band showing everyone what the music dept. are made of! The Concert Band opened the Concert with "Hey Mr Banjo" which went down a storm! We then heard the Trio's unique "Polly Wolly Doodle" which was a pleasant surprise! After the presentation of Tutor Group and Subject Prizes. The Swing Band performed "Spinning Wheel" and then, after the presentation of the Year 11 Certificates, the lively "At The Hop". We then had the presentation of the Speacial Awards followed by the Vocal Quartet who blew us away with "Can't Help Lovin Dat Man". Finally, after a vote of thanks by our head-boy and head-girl: Tom Flewder-Barker and Kirsty Brockelhurst, the Concert Band ended the Concert on a high with "Just The Way You Are" - sadly thought, not the song by Bruno Mars!
At the Christmas Concert we had a lot more going on. We had: the Concert Band, the Choir, the Vocal Quartets 1&2, the Clarinet, Flute and Violin Ensembles, the Trio, the French Choir, the Swing Band, the Vocal Duet, the Six
Voices and Vocal accompanied by Guitars. As always, the Concert Band opened the Concert with "Instant Christmas Concert". We then had the Choir with "The Christas Song" which was followed by the Vocal Quartet 1 with "O Holy Night". Next came the Clarinet Ensemble with "Christmas Medley" which was then followed by the Vocal Quartet 2 with "Little Saint Nick". After that, we had the Flute Ensemble playing "Ding Dong Merrily on High" which was followed with the Trio who sang "We Three Camels". The penultimate performance of the first half went to the Choir, who sang "Mary's Lullaby" with solo's from Laura Oldfield and Beth Wolstenholme. The Concert Band finished off the first half with the Partridge and the Pear. The second half was started off by the Swing Band with three numbers : Let it Snow, God Rest ye Merry Gentlemen and Frosty the Snowman. The concert band followed that with Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer. We then heard the french chior sing two numbers: Amier and Petit Papa Noel which was followed by the Violing Ensemble who played Jingle Bells. Next, there was the Vocal Duet of Morgan Chilton and Charlotte Grundy who sang Scots Nativity which was followed with Six Voices who sang Away in a Manger. We then had Vocals accompanied with Guitars we had three songs which were: Last Christmas that was sung by Chloe Connor; The Only Exception which was sung by Pippa Gale and All I Want For Christmas is You which was sung by Becky Lund. After this we heard the final song from the choir which was Ding Dong Doh. The peniltimate performance of the evening was the Concert Band with Christmas Swings. Finally, we had both the choir and the concert band wishing everyone a merry christmas.
We hope hearing about these past events has convinced you to keep your eyes peeled for furture events.
Beth and Oliver signing off!

Saturday, 1 October 2011

BBEC Swing Band

Hello everybody,
Beth here to tell you all about BBEC's Swing Band which performed at Mr Morris' assemblies during open evening. Swing Band is organised by woodwind teacher Mrs Williams. We practice at Thursday lunch times and very often get asked to perform at events inside and outside school, such as open evening. At present, Swing Band consists of: 4 saxophones, 3 trumpets, 2 guitarists, a trombone, a pianist and a drummer.
Now that you know a little more about us I guess I'd better tell you about our most recent performance - open evening. For the performance, we had to choose three pieces to play whilst parents and children were arriving, and so, at a previous rehearsal we decided to play through the pieces we already knew and then took a vote. So, the pieces chosen were: "Brain Sprain"; "Kiss the Girl"( due to the request of Mr Grindrod) and "Gimme Some Lovin'". And I am proud to announce that at both the assemblies we received a massive round of applause.
I really enjoyed performing at open evening and hope there are many more performances to come. To keep up to date watch this space!

Wednesday, 25 May 2011

It's a first!

As some of you might know BBEC and Archbishop are going to join their choirs and jazz bands and go on tour. Even though this trip is a long way off with it being in 2012 and all, you have a right to know! We are going to perform two concerts in the Netherlands; we will also be heading into Germany for a day. More news as it comes!

Wednesday, 4 May 2011

Rotary Club Concert 2011

This was my first year at the Rotary Club Concert and hopefully the first of many. I really enjoyed myself and I think that the concert was a complete success! It was said that the choir from Broughton and Archbishop sang beautifully. People commented particularly on "Can you hear me?" Which is a song with sign language. People said that the sign language looked beautiful. The band were also a huge hit. I think that because we played the well-known song "Tide is High" everyone liked it.

Wednesday, 27 April 2011

Easter Concert 2011

This years Easter Concert was the best there's been so far! We had: Year 11 students playing solos; Duets; Quartets; the trio and other vocal groups; the keyboard club and the guitar group. We also had all the old favourites such as the Choir, the Swing Band and the Concert Band. For this concert the band had learnt 2 new songs in 2 weeks which is definitely a great achievement!

Friday, 11 February 2011

Upcoming Performances

At the moment the concert band, swing band and choir is rehearsing for a big performance at the Rotary Club concert at the Guild Hall where the band will be performing alongside theh band from Archbishop Temple high school. The BBEC band has performed with this band before. What this space for further updates.