Following on from their resounding success at the National Festival of Music for Youth in Birmingham in July, when the girls were awarded the Senior Choir Performance Award sponsored by the Associated Board of the Royal Schools of Music, for their outstanding technical and musical performance, Canzonetta has been selected from the very elite group of top Perfomers at the National Festival, to sing at the Schools Prom.

Just 15 groups have been invited to perform on the opening night of the Schools Prom at the Royal Albert Hall, London on Monday, 7th November. Music for Youth has asked Canzonetta to perform two pieces The Water of Tyne and Full Fathom Five.

In addition to their own performance, Music for Youth has invited Canzonetta to sing a piece specially commissioned by the BBC, written by the winner of the BBC Young Composer of the Year Award and composed specifically for Canzonetta. The 18-part piece (a real challenge as there are only 18 girls in the choir), will be recorded by the BBC at the Schools Prom.

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Junior Head Boy & Girl 2010-2011

September 23rd, 2010 | Posted by Rebecca Walker in Updates - (0 Comments)

Congratulations to Annie Westlake and Jim Luckhurst on becoming Head Girl and Head Boy of the Junior Department for 2010-2011.

A highlight of the summer for the Chamber Choir was a performance in July at the Whiteford Music Festival.  The choir was one of the main features of a fabulous Orchestral Proms night and shared the stage with the Radio Light Orchestra and the wonderful baritone Darren Jeffrey. 

This sell-out concert was witnessed by just short of 1,000 people as they picnicked in the park and enjoyed the spectacle. 

The festival is staged in a magnificent arched auditorium, set within beautiful parkland and is on a scale seldom witnessed by the girls in previous concerts, so there were some nerves in the hours leading up to the performance. 

However, in true St Joseph’s style, they all rose the occasion in a simply outstanding performance. So successful was the performance that the school received several messages of congratulations in the days that followed. 

Afterwards Mrs Mann said  “We knew it was going to be OK after the first song; I brought them off on a loud note and we could hear the amplified sound still ringing around!  We all had a really great time – and what a fantastic experience for the girls.” 

Well done to everyone who took part in an event that will remain in the memory for a long time to come.

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St Joseph’s School, Launceston has once again achieved GCSE examination results that are well above the national average and we are very proud of our pupils hard work. 

100% of our year 11 pupils achieved 5 or more A* to C grades, (including Maths and English). With over 60% of the grades at A and A* , approximately three times the national average.  

As St Joseph’s continues to develop, welcome boys into the senior years, and invests in its infrastructure it is important to note that we aim to achieve not only excellent results, in a non-selective environment, but also happy, confident and hardworking young people who can enjoy a range of extra-curricular activities as well as the academic essentials.  

Headmaster Mr Graeme Garrett said:“These fantastic results reflect the endeavour of every pupil at throughout their years at St Joseph’s.  Everyone who works at the school is very proud and it is a definite team effort between the teachers, the parents and the pupils that ensures our successes.  Our pupils deserve these results for the commitment they have shown and it has been a privilege to help to nurture that success.” 

For more information please contact Rebecca Walker, Registrar & Marketing Co-ordinator01566 772580,

Nico Gruzdev in Cinderella

August 16th, 2010 | Posted by Rebecca Walker in Sports - (0 Comments)

On August 11, 2010, in London, dancers from the English National Ballet’s production of ‘Cinderella’ attend a photo call to celebrate the 60th Anniversary of the English National Ballet at The London Coliseum in London, England. St Joseph’s pupil Nico Gruzdev and his father Dmitri Gruzdev are two of the stars of the show.