At S. Peter’s Collegiate School we are extremely proud of the achievements of our student musicians.
More than 250 students participate each in our instrumental teaching programme, many of them rehearsing regularly in one or more of the music groups offered and performing not only at school events but at local, regional, national and on occasions international concerts and festivals.
Young Voices are a group of around 20 singers who perform a selection of music from the shows and popular pieces. 50 of our younger percussion, woodwind and brass players perform together as Training Band and 20 of our string players entertain as Irish Band.
30 of our older singers perform as Senior Choir, whilst Concert Band is a large group of 40 brass, wind and percussion. The Orchestra is a mixed group of 30 brass, woodwind, percussion and strings who play from the classical repertoire. Finally, our 20-strong Big Band perform music from the swing era Many of our groups are accustomed to performing at venues outside school and we have provided entertainment for a range of local and regional engagements from church concerts through fetes and corporate events.
Our Choir, in addition to providing music for worship on a regular basis have also sung Evensong at Lichfield Cathedral and performed in St. Paul’s Church at Ground Zero in New York. Our Training Band and Concert Band have both achieved Gold Award at the Regional Heats of National Concert Band Festival and the Training Band achieved Platinum, the highest award, at the Nationals.
We are constantly on the lookout for new and exciting performance opportunities for our musicians and would welcome enquiries for the 2016 – 2017 season. Please contact the school via telephone or email in the first instance to discuss your event.
In the meantime, please listen to our Senior Choir, Concert Band and Big Band on the links below.
These recordings were made by Steve Swinden of Chorum Records
Big Band Katie Nestico
Senior Choir The Lord Bless You
Concert Band That’s Entertainment Schwartz arr Higgins
One of our Year 10 musicians Rosalind Fearnehough has just become the first ever S. Peter’s student to perform at the world famous Ronnie Scott’s Jazz Club in Soho, London.
Following her love for Big Band music and Jazz, Rosalind, along with a number of other Year 10 musicians took the initiative to apply to the Ronnie Scott’s ‘Big Band in a Day’ project where musicians from across the country are given the opportunity to work with professional musicians inside the club itself.
Rosalind, whose trombone tutor Mr Ian Brailsford also teaches horn, euphonium and tuba at S. Peter’s says he is immensely proud of Rosalind’s achievement.
Rosalind is also a member of the Wolverhampton Youth Wind Orchestra and S. Peter’s Collegiate School Big Band and is due to take her Grade 8 trombone exam later this year.
S. Peter’s Collegiate School Music Department are also very proud of Rosalind and her achievements.
Parents of Year 7, 8 and 9 students with an interest in Music or Dance may be interested in hearing about the KS3 performing Arts Residential which is to be held at Quinta Hall, Oswestry from Friday 17th to Sunday 19th June this year.
The residential has been a highlight of S.Peter’s Collegiate School calendar for younger musicians for the last 6 years and this year we also welcome students with an interest in dance.
The object of the residential is to allow our younger students a more concentrated performing experience than the daily school timetable permits.
We run a number of rehearsals, sporting activities and entertainment throughout the course of the weekend which culminates in a concert for parents at Quinta Hall on the Sunday afternoon.
There are still a few places left on this trip, so interested students who are members of Training Band, Young Voices, Irish Band or any Dancers who would like to join us this year should see Mr Peacock in the Music Department THIS WEEK for a letter, which contains all the details.
The Senior Choir will be singing Choral Evensong in Lichfield Cathedral on Saturday June 25th. The Choral Foundation at Lichfield cathedral dates back to 1315 and we are delighted to be able to contribute to the daily schedule of worship at the Cathedral. Evensong is normally lead by the cathedral choir but, when the choir is absent, they ask visiting choirs to sing in their place. It is an honour for the choir to be accepted to lead the worship and recognition of their professionalism and high standards. Singing in a cathedral will be a new experience for many students and one which I’m sure they will remember. The choir is central to the spiritual life and worship of the school and we are very proud of their ability to perform at this level.
Evensong is at 5:30pm and all are welcome to attend. Perhaps have an afternoon shopping in Lichfield and finish the afternoon by listening to the choir for an hour in the cathedral.
Music for the service will be:
Responses – Smith
Psalm 119 verse 73 – 88
Canticles – Stanford in C
Anthem – Balfour Gardiner, Evening Hymn
Talented S. Peter’s student Daniel Rivett is pictured proudly clutching the trophy he was awarded at the 10th Anniversary National Music Festival 2016 in Leicester last weekend.
The Festival is organised by the Boys Brigade and Girls Brigade and Daniel, who represented Lanesfield BB and GB on this occasion was awarded the Brass Cup No.2 for his performance on trumpet of Alan Vizzutti’s ‘Tango ‘, one of the pieces he is preparing with his trumpet teacher Mr Peacock for the forthcoming Grade 6 Trumpet exam.
Daniel’s performance was described as being ‘exceptional, technically and artistically’ and ‘enjoyable, with a great tone’ by adjudicators David Carter and Simon Farrenden and he attracted over 90 marks and an ‘Honours’ certificate for his playing.
Daniel is a committed member of S. Peter’s Collegiate School Concert Band and Lanesfield BB/GB Band, which is made up of 10th Wolverhampton Boys’ Brigade and 1st Lanesfield Girls’ Brigade companies, who were also awarded two trophies for their performances on Saturday.
Grace Allan Yr 13 has a ‘Facetime” French Horn lesson from Mark David, Head of Brass at the Royal Academy of Music.
Grace is currently working towards her Grade 8 French Horn and receives scholarship lessons from the Wolverhampton Music Service. In preparation for a performance at the music school in February, she received a consultation lesson from Mark David, Head of Brass at the Royal Academy of Music.
A first for the Music Department – the lesson was held using Facetime and iPads. Mark was at the Royal Academy and Grace was in the Music Department.
Mark David will be working with a number of our students on February 24th at the Wolverhampton Music School. The day’s activities will culminate in performances by some of our students and a performance of the Haydn Trumpet Concerto with Orchestra played by Mark David.
Thanks to our Lower Brass Teacher Mr Brailsford for making the arrangements. The concert starts at 7pm at the Wolverhampton Music School
The Concert Band & Senior Choir are in the final stages of preparing for their forthcoming ten day long concert tour in America.
The band and choir will be performing concerts in New York, Boston and the surrounding areas.
Their first performance will be a concert at St Paul’s Chapel, Lower Manhattan. This is the oldest religious building in Manhattan and was used as a base by the Firefighters following the terrorist attacks on the World trade Centre. Since then it has become a memorial Chapel to all those that died in the attacks.
After three nights in new York we will move to Chelmsford Massachusetts and be hosted by families from the church of All Saint’s Chelmsford. This will be the fourth time the Church have hosted us and we are very much looking forward to visiting them once more.
St Paul’s Chapel on the right looking towards the new Freedom Tower.
A big thank you to the parent helpers and supporters of our student musicians who cheered Training Band and Concert Band on to another great success at the National Concert Band Festival at Nottingham on Sunday. A other outstanding day of music making resulted in a Gold Award for each of our bands. Our young musicians made a great impression with their fantastic onstage discipline and effort, whilst acting as superb ambassadors for our school and the City of Wolverhampton. S.Peter’s bring home double gold again!
Pictured here with members of S. Peter’s Collegiate School Concert Band is Rev. Phil Wootton of Christ Church, Tettenhall Wood, presenting a cheque to Jon Peacock, Music Teacher at the school.
Along with the Concert Band, S. Peter’s Collegiate School Senior Choir and Big Band performed a concert at Christ Church on 18th October as part of their International Concert Series.
The packed audience was treated to a selection of music from sacred, popular, film, stage and classical genres and the young musicians negotiated their solo and ensemble playing admirably.
This is the third year that Clive Childs, Concert Series organiser from Christ Church has promoted a concert with musicians from S. Peter’s and he has already kindly invited them back yet again for a fourth year to perform as part of the church 150 year celebrations in September 2016.
Clive works tirelessly to ensure both audience and musicians are looked after and remarked that the community partnership between church and school was growing stronger year by year.
Toby Barnard, Director of Learning for Performing Arts at S.Peter’s commented that the young musicians really benefit from such performing opportunities and any attempt to bring communities closer is to be applauded. He extends thanks to Rev. Wootton, Clive Childs and the community of Christ Church, Tettenhall for their generous support of music making at S. Peter’s.
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