Music Calendar

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 and be eligible for selection for Jazz 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) Fiona Pozniak (Music Administrator ext 443) 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:

Close Harmony M2 12.45pm
ARCO M1 1.25pm
Turn Up, Tune Up M16 1.15pm
Saxophone Group M12 1.30pm
Stravaganza (Strings grade 6+) M1 3.45pm
Junior String Group M16 8.30am
Junior P-Bone Club MLib 12.50pm 
Junior Wind Band M2 1.05pm
Concert Band (grade 5+) M1 1.15pm
MGS Wind Band (grades 3-5) M16 1.15pm
Percussion Ensemble M1 3.45pm
Theory Class M12 8.30am
Junior Choir M1 12.50pm
Big Band (grades 3-5) M16 1.15pm
Flute Group MLib 1.30pm
Junior Orchestra Pless 12.50pm
Senior Orchestra (grades 5+) M1 3.45pm
Aural Class M1 8.20am
MGS Choir M1 1.15pm
Thursday Singers M1 3.45pm