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Music Department - End of Term

It has been a busy end of term for the Music Department at St. John Fisher with lots of workshops, exams and performances finishing up the year.

On Thursday afternoon, GCSE and A Level students from main school and the associated sixth form were delighted to welcome legendary trumpet player Mike Lovatt to the music department. Mike is well known across the country and internationally as Principal Trumpet of the Grammy nominated John Wilson Orchestra, the BBC Big Band, Superbrass, Andrew Cottee’s Dreamtown Orchestra and is featured as soloist on many film scores including the latest James Bond film 'No Time To Die'. 

Mike performed for students, supported two of our A Level students in a masterclass and took part in a Q and A about life as a professional musician. On Friday evening, many of our students also attended the premiere of Mike's new ensemble 'The Brass Pack' at Harrogate Theatre. In their first ever concert together, some of the country's leading brass and percussionists came together in this all brass big band with singer Matt Ford. A memorable evening indeed.

A number of students also took grade exams over the weekend with examiner Gareth Hudson commenting on the high standard of students. We await their results!

On Monday evening our Year 9 GCSE classes performed in their curriculum concert to friends and family with everything from Mozart to Jimi Hendrix in the programme! Students from 7-10 have also been performing for their peers in the end of year celebration assemblies. 

Wider afield, the whole Performing Arts department has been finishing auditions for 'Elf The Musical', our senior school production for November 2023. They hope to announce the cast before the end of the week. Congratulations go to all who took the time to prepare and audition.