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Michaelmas Term 2021

Thursday 14 October 5.30pm

Ahoy!: Memorial Hall

First performance of the year for the MGS Choir with boys from Year 4 and two local primary schools.

 

Tuesday 9 November 6.30pm

Senior Recital Class: Memorial Hall

A chance to hear some of the top musicians in the school compete for the prestigious Senior Recital Cup. 

 

Wednesday 1 December 6.00pm

Junior School Christmas Concert: Memorial Hall

Music from the Junior School Orchestra, ensembles and choir.

 

Thursday 9 November 6.30pm

Christmas Carol Service at Holy Trinity Church, Platt Lane, Manchester, M14 5NF

Celebrate the arrival of the festive season with MGS Choir (Senior and Junior Schools) in a traditional carol service. 

 

Monday 13 December 6.30pm

MGS Christmas Concert: Memorial Hall

A celebration of seasonal music given by the large ensembles from all sections of the School. 

 

Lent Term 2022

Tuesday 25 January 9.00am-3.45pm

MGS Music Festival: Memorial Hall & M1

Anyone who learns an instrument is welcome to enter. There will be external adjudicators and classes will be structured according to level of experience. Look out for entry forms in the music department earlier in the term! 

 

Friday 4 March 11.00am

Founders' Day Service at Manchester Cathedral

An important occasion for MGS and the Choir.

 

Wednesday 9 March 6.00pm

Junior School Spring Concert: Memorial Hall

Choirs, ensembles and solos from all Junior School boys. 

 

Thursday 24 March 6.30pm

Guitar and Harp Concert: MGS Theatre

Guitar and harp ensembles and solos from all sections of the School. 

 

Thursday 31 March 6.30pm

MGS Easter Concert: Memorial Hall

A varied programme of instrumental and vocal music featuring the work of the larger music ensembles. 

 

Summer Term 2022

Wednesday 27 April 6.30pm

MGS Summer Concert: Memorial Hall

A chance for Middle and Lower School soloists and ensembles to perform.

 

Tuesday 17 May 5.00pm

Junior School Young Performer Class: M1 Music Dept

A chance to hear some of the top musicians in the Junior School perform. 

 

Thursday 16 June 6.30pm

Recital Class Years 7-10: M1 Music Department

A chance to hear some of the top musicians in the Lower and Middle Schools compete for the Peter Greenburgh Recital Cup. 

 

Tuesday 5 July 5.00pm

Year 7 Concert and Welcome Evening: Memorial Hall

Year 7 pupils perform to an audience of boys joining Year 7 in September and their parents. 

 

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