Month: July 2010

Extra Curricular Groups 2010

Performances by our extra-curricular groups – Summer 2010

We are constantly bombarded with requests from local schools and organisations for our groups to perform, especially during the Summer term.  Well done to the students and staff who give their time so generously to enhance the school’s reputation for excellence in music.



The group was invited to perform at the Chronicle & Echo Education Awards at the Masonic Hall on Tuesday 29 June.

“Many thanks again for coming along to our Education Awards – it was brilliant to have you there. Everyone was blown away by the performance given by the girls! They were fantastic”.


Steel Pans at Silverstone for ‘Race for Life’

Pure Steel and Caribbean Queens have been in great demand during June and July.

The girls, under the leadership of Paul Parker, performed at Cancer Research UK’s ‘Race for Life’ at Silverstone on 9 June.  On 13 July they spent a few hours at Wallace Road Nursery performing and doing mini workshops for the children, and on 20 July they entertained a group of residents at Nicholas Rothwell House.


Big Band

Big Band was invited to perform on Sunday 13 June in the Market Square as part of the Northampton Music Festival.  This 3 day event was led by local people with support from many local organisations, including The University of Northampton, The Richardson Group, Carlsberg Brewery and BBC Radio Northampton, to name a few.  The aim was to raise the profile of music making in Northampton.


‘Tie Rack’

Still hugely popular with the local community, ‘Tie Rack’ performed at the Northampton Golf Club on Sunday 20 June and at the Royal British Legion Garden Party at Pitsford on Sunday 4 July.


“Gala Concert”

Our summer term concert was once again a resounding success. The Gala Concert is our opportunity to say farewell to our leavers and enjoy a little bit of summer sun with outdoor entertainment.

The formal part of the evening featured performances by Concert Band under the direction of Matt Butler, String Group with Corinne Malitskie, Senior Guitar Ensemble with Nicole Alderson, Sax Group with Rob Reid, Gospel Choir with Gareth Fuller and the ever popular Madrigalis with our very own Julie Shaw, accompanied by Andy Palmer on the piano.  We were treated to a fantastically ‘cheeky’ performance of “The Two Imps” on the xylophones from Emily Smith and Faye Laurie.

The informal part of the evening followed with outdoor performances from Big Band directed by Rob Reid and ‘Tie Rack’, Caribbean Queens and Pure Steel under the direction of Paul Parker.

We were blessed with lovely, warm weather.  Thanks to family, friends and staff for your continued support.


NSG Academy

The NSG Academy has come to the end of another successful year.  The normal remit of the Academy is to encourage students to write, direct and present their own musicals, play the music and learn about lighting, sound, props and backstage.

This term’s spectacular was a much more adventurous project involving the students learning circus skills. Cat Dunn, who is a very talented circus performer herself, put students and staff through their paces every Friday after school. We learned (or tried to learn!) Juggling, Diablo, balancing skills, flower sticks, plate spinning, unicycling and stilt walking – we even have our own trapeze!! Needless to say the students out performed the staff in all areas of the circus skills…

An incredible show all round which made the staff at Academy very proud and glad to be a part of a new and inventive type of performance at NSG.