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Year 8 Bernard Hooton Competition

Well done to all of Year 8 on their day of excellent musical performances. Particular congratulations to 8.4 who won overall, and a huge thank you to our eminent adjudicator, Mr Paul Hoskins, Musical Director from the Ballet Rambert!

The Schools’ Prom at St Jude’s

On Thursday Year 9 had the exciting opportunity to take part in the Schools’ Concert at the annual St Jude’s Proms. We took part in a workshop (provided by St Jude’s Proms) led by the acapella group Apollo5 two weeks ago, and this concert was a culmination of the work we did then. A number of other Barnet primary (Garden Suburb, Brooklands, Wessex Garden and Ashmount) and secondary (Archer Academy and Whitefields) schools participated in the lunchtime concert and the morning workshop and rehearsal with us, and we all had an excellent time exploring many different songs, such as a Mexican nursery rhyme and a song from the Shakespeare play ‘Cymbeline’. We sung a variety of pieces as a massed group and then performed ‘White Winter Hymnal’ by Fleet Foxes with the other secondary schools. Each school also presented an individual piece, and representing HBS was an excellent acapella group from 9.3 who performed an original adaptation of ‘Stand By Me’. The whole day was a very fun and enjoyable experience for all of Year 9, and we would like to thank Ms Bamber, Apollo5 and of course the St Jude’s Proms team for allowing us to have this amazing opportunity.

Ella Millwood 9S.1

Thursday Lunchtime Concert

On Thursday 29th June, Veena Sathiendran, Year 13, gave an outstanding Flute Recital. This was her fourth performance on a Thursday! Veena played J.S.Bach's Sonata no.5 in E minor and she highlighted the many contrasts of tempi and dynamics to perfection. Next, Veena played the haunting Cantilena from Francis Poulenc's Sonata for Flute and Piano. This mesmerising piece, full of complex harmonies, was enhanced beautifully by Veena's rich and velvety tone. To finish, Veena played the amusing Variations by Chopin. This was a lovely programme and the audience was most appreciative. Well done Veena - and thank you.

S Silverman



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