Music Calendar

Lent Term 2017

Wednesday 8 February 2017

MGS Music Festival

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

Venue: MGS Memorial Hall and M1

Time: 9am-3.45pm

Friday 10 February 2017

Founders' Day Services

An important occasion for the MGS Choir.

Venue: Manchester Cathedral

Time: 11am

Friday 10 March 2017

Year 9-13 Composition Workshop

An opportunity for boys studying Music to work with Quatuor Danel and Manchester University.

Venue: MGS Theatre

Time: 10am-1pm

Tuesday 14 March 2017

Junior School Spring Concert

Choirs, ensembles and solos showcasing all Junior School boys.

Venue: MGS Memorial Hall

Time: 6pm

Thursday 16 March 2017

MGS Easter Concert

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

Venue: Royal Northern College of Music

Time: 7.30pm

Summer Term 2017

Tuesday 25 April 2017

MGS Guitar and Harp Concert

Guitar and harp ensembles and solos from all sections of the School. Tickets in advance from the MGS Box Office £5 (£3 concessions) and on the door.

Venue: MGS Theatre

Time: 6.30pm

Thursday 27 April 2017

Charity Stravaganza Concert

Top string players in the School perform an enticing selection of Baroque chamber and orchestral music.

Venue: MGS Memorial Hall

Time: 6.30pm

Wednesday 3 May 2017

MGS Summer Concert

A chance for Middle and Lower School ensembles to perform. Tickets in advance from the MGS Box Office £5 (£3 concessions) and on the door.

Venue: Memorial Hall

Time: 6.30pm

Thursday 22 June 2017

Recital Class Years 5-10

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

Venue: M1

Time: 6.30pm

Tuesday 4 July 2017

Year 7 Concert and Welcome Evening

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

Venue: MGS Memorial Hall

Time: 5pm

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 gorups also meet regularly throughout the week at times decided by the teachers:

Junior P-Bone Club MLib 12.50pm
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 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
Junior Choir M1 12.50pm
Big Band (grades 3-5) M16 1.15pm
Flute Group MLib 1.30pm
Junior Orchestra Pless 12.50pm
Jazz Band (grades 6-8) M16 1.25pm
Senior Orchestra (grades 5+) M1 3.45pm
Aural Class M1 8.20am
Theory Class M12 8.30am
MGS Choir M1 1.15pm
Thursday Singers M1 3.45pm