Song Cycle

Posted on: November 8th 2019School News


Last night, a fabulous concert was held in the MGS Memorial Hall of Alexander L'Estrange's Song Cycle: vive la velorution!.

The performance featured Year 4 children from MGS, New Islington Free School and St James' C of E Primary School, along with musicians from MGS, Withington Girls' School and Manchester High School for Girls. 

Alexander wrote the choral work to mark the Grand Depart of the Tour de France 2014. The piece combines different musical styles: pastiche Victorian music hall, Gilbert & Sullivan, folk, minimalism, barbershop, musical theatre and jazz.

Everyone involved performed superbly, and the Year 4 pupils from the three schools sung superbly in front of a packed audience, and rightly received a standing ovation at the end. Well done to everyone who performed, and a huge thank you to everyone who braved the miserable weather to be part of the audience and show their support.

A voluntary collection was also held on the door for Royal Manchester Children's Hospital.

Song Cycle

The performers

Conductors: Miss Emily Shercliff and Mr Robert Carey

Piano: James Wang

Double bass: Miss Jadie Carey

Flute: Miss Eleanor Jackson

Trumpet: Mr Aaron Wood

Drums: Mr Douglas Black

Rehearsal pianists: George Campbell and James Wang

The Manchester Grammar School Choir

The Thursday Singers (including singers from The Manchester Grammar School, Withington Girls' School and Manchester High School for Girls)

Year 4 - MGS

Year 4 - New Islington Free School

Year 4 - St James' C of E Primary School