Music For A Winter Evening

November 16th, 2017 | Posted by Rebecca Walker in Events | Gallery | Music - (0 Comments)

What a wonderful Music for a Winter Evening concert we had in the school hall on the 14th of November! The standard of performing showed the level of commitment from students and their desire to strive for the very best results. All those who sang or played should be proud of their performances – I am very proud of how they all conducted themselves with a real sense of professionalism.

It is important that the students have these opportunities that allow them to grow in confidence and performing experience. I had two very good friends come down from Ely, Cambridgeshire especially for the concert. One is a retired music teacher and it was lovely to hear that she was impressed with the level of musicianship. The other commented on the family atmosphere at the concert and the real sense of community.

Thank you to all who took part in the raffle on the evening, we raised £100 for Cornwall Air Ambulance.

A special thank you must go to parents for their support and encouragement of the students. Without this we would not have such a strong Music Department, and for this I am very grateful.

Mr Peter de Blois

Christmas Entertainment 2017

October 18th, 2017 | Posted by Rebecca Walker in Events | Music | News - (0 Comments)

St Joseph’s pupils past and (nearly) present were singing together for the First Night of the Proms at the Royal Albert Hall last week as they took part in the BBC Proms Youth Choir. The girls had all been part of St Joseph’s prestigious Canzonetta choir during their time at St Joseph’s, and it was this experience that provided the platform for their selection as part of Cornwall Music Hub.

The girls taking part (L to R) were Naomi Gillies, Daisy Cooper, Florence Losasso, Hannah Carnegie and Rosanna Rowe, with Frankie Gilbert kneeling. Naomi left St Joseph’s in 2012, Hannah in 2013, Frankie in 2014, Daisy and Flo in 2015 while Rosanna left just this summer. They said of St Joseph’s highly renowned former Director of Music, Mrs Elisabeth Mann and her husband Jonathan “We all want to say a big thank you to you and Mr Mann, none of us would be here tonight if it wasn’t for you and our Canzonetta experiences!”

The BBC Proms Youth Choir recruits up to 350 young singers from various choirs and music hubs from every corner of the UK, who then rehearse in their local areas with their own leaders across the year.

As the performance approaches, the BBC holds a four-day intensive rehearsal residency: this year, 2017 the Proms Youth Choir is made up of singers from the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra Youth Choir, University of Birmingham Voices, selected singers from the Cornwall Music Hub, the Black Country Music Education Hubs and the London-based Proms Youth Choir Academy.

Rosanna Rowe added “It was a wonderful experience. I’ve learnt so much… I don’t know if you know John Adams’ Harmonium or not but when you hear you’ll realise how crazy it is. Both time and key signature changes nearly every bar and the rhythms are just obscure! Not to mention how high it is…it was intense but great fun. It also splits into 12 different parts so you have to concentrate like mad. I sung 1st Soprano. Flo and Daisy were 2nd Sopranos and Frankie, Hannah and Naomi were Altos. It’s been a massive challenge but I’ve definitely learnt a lot!”

Very well done to all the girls involved, and to Mrs and Mr Mann for their work with the choirs over the years. With the appointment of Mr Peter de Blois as St Joseph’s new Director of Music, all involved in the school look forward to a bright musical future for the school.

National Children’s Choir

May 15th, 2017 | Posted by Rebecca Walker in Music | News | Updates - (0 Comments)

Fallon Gillies (Year 7) and Maddie Marsh (Year 8) are in their second year at the National Children’s Choir and both received a promotion during their Easter 2017 course. Fallon to the Blue Choir and Maddie to the Green Choir (the advanced junior choir). They spent a week of their Easter break on a residential in Shrewsbury School with a full programme of choir singing, musicianship and individual lessons. Next Summer they have the opportunity of going to China on a choir tour which they are both very excited about.

Auditions for places at the NCCGB usually take place in the Autumn in various locations around Britain. www.nccgb.com for details.