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Music is an important, enriching part of the lives of many of our boys.

Whether a boy wishes to join one of the three orchestras, play in a jazz group or the big band, sing in one of the three choirs, jam in a rock band or just strum a ukulele, he will be catered for.

With thirty music staff and twenty music groups, there is indeed something for everyone. There are also opportunities to perform on the biggest stages, be it at the Montreux Jazz Festival or performing with the Hallé at the Bridgewater Hall.

 

Useful Information

Co-curricular music covers a wide range of instruments and is designed as a progression so that as boys improve in standard, they become eligible for more senior ensembles. It is available for all pupils whether they learn an instrument in School or not. For example, a string player of Grade 1 standard could start in ARCO and progress to Senior Orchestra when Grade 5 has been achieved and may then be eligible for selection for Stravaganza.

A wind or brass player may start from scratch and play in the Junior and Lower School Ensembles, then progress to MGS Wind Band, and then on to Concert Band.

MGS Choir is available to all years in the School. The treble parts are sung by Lower School boys with older boys singing Alto, Tenor or Bass. You do not have to be able to read music well, or play an instrument to join choir, you just need to enjoy singing and turn up to rehearsals. We will teach you the rest. Close Harmony and Thursday Singers (with MHSG and WGS) is selected from senior members of MGS Choir.

Concert Dress is normally school uniform. Tickets can be booked in advance through the Box Office at this link. For assistance ring Fiona Pozniak on 0161 224 7201 ext 443. Senior Concerts, which start at 6.30pm, will usually proceed without an interval, and refreshments will be made available from the Refectory from 5.45pm. Refreshments are provided at concerts in School as part of the admissions charge, if there is one. There will usually be an extra rehearsal in the Hall during the day of a concert. You will be notified in writing of any extra rehearsals which take place out of school time.

Please contact Robert Carey (Director of Music, ext 440) r.m.carey@mgs.org Fiona Pozniak (Music Administrator ext 443) musicadmin@mgs.org or any other member of the Music Department if you have any questions.

Larger Co-Curricular Ensembles

Percussion, Guitar, Flute, Clarinet and Saxophone groups also meet regularly throughout the week at times decided by the teachers:

Monday

ARCO

M1

1.25pm

Jazz Combo

M16

1.15pm

Saxophone Group (Grade 5+)

M12

1.30pm

Stravaganza (Strings grade 6+)

M1

3.45pm

Tuesday

   

Junior Clarinet Group

M16

8.30am

Junior Orchestra

JS Hall

1.05pm

Concert Band (Grade 5+)

M1

1.15pm

MGS Wind Band (Grade 1-5)

M16

1.15pm

Percussion Ensemble

Per

3.45pm

Wednesday

   

Theory Class (Years 7-13)

M12

8.30am

Junior Choir

M1

12.50pm

Big Band (Grades 3-5)

M16

1.15pm

Flute Group

M2

1.30pm

Music Tech Club

H

3.45pm

Thursday

   

Clarinet Ensemble (Grade 1-4)

M1

1.00pm

Saxophone Ensemble (Grade 1-4)

M2

1.25pm

Clarinet Ensemble (Grade 5+)

M1

1.30pm

Senior Orchestra (Grade 5+)

M1

3.45pm

Friday

   

Trombone Ensemble

MLib

8.15am

MGS Choir

M1

1.15pm