In January, the Manchester High School for Girls Wind Band was delighted to spend a few days at the Grotius College in Heerlen, sharing wind band music and music-making with our fellow students.
We had a great time and we really enjoyed experiencng school life in Holland and making music together. We gave three performances, two at an open evening and one in a concert performance at the school.
In our first video clip, Mr Aidan Bradley, Director of Music at MHSG, introduces the excerpt from Holst's Suite for Wind Band, which we had chosen to play. With only a few rehearsals we played the piece together with students from Grotius. Mr Bradley conducts.
Our trip to Heerlen was a real adventure. We travelled overnight from Manchester on a super coach. Of course, we had taken onesies, teddies and snuggly blankets as well as a midnight supper to help us through the journey. We crossed via the tunnel in the very early morning and watched the sun rise as we sped through northern France on our way to Heerlen. We arrive at lunchtime and after checking into our hotel and a quick change out of our onesies, we walked up to school and were soon rehearsing. That evening, we were playing 'Chariots of Fire' with the Grotius students as part of their open evening for new parents. It was great fun, although some of those long notes were quite tricky to hold. The audience seemed to enjoy our music and we had great fun.
In our third clip, we take part in a music lesson at Grotius and then the action moves to the joint concert in the evening. It was a full house and extra chairs had to be brought in. Grotius appeared first - we really enjoyed watching them sing and play, so did the capacity audience. Our turn to play came next and Mr Fuller introduced and explained the music we had chosen to play. We had worked so hard in rehearsals and we were really pleased with our performance. Watch the video and judge for yourself! But don't miss the final video where the two bands play together- we rocked!
The MHSG wind band had an absolutely fabulous time in Heerlen with the students of Grotius College. We loved making music together and the Grotius students were so friendly and welcoming.
In our final video we perform out three favourite pieces together. We made a terrific sound and the capacity audience loved it- and gave us a standing ovation at the end.
Sadly, we return home tomorrow, but we have so much to tell our parents!
Dank u wel, Grotius!