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) firstname.lastname@example.org Fiona Pozniak (Music Administrator ext 443) email@example.com 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:
|Turn Up, Tune Up||M16||1.15pm|
|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|
|Big Band (grades 3-5)||M16||1.15pm|
|Senior Orchestra (grades 5+)||M1||3.45pm|