Music Tour 2016- Ghent, Belgium
12th- 16th July 2016
The 2016 Music Tour saw over 60 pupils and several members of the faculty head east destined for Ghent , Belgium.
Musical groups involved in the tour included Madrigalis, Tie Rack, String Ensemble, Concert Band, Big Band, Sax Choir, Clarinet Choir and Real Group.
Once in Ghent Madrigalis performed 2 numbers at the Menin Gate. The Menin Gate is a War Memorial to the Missing in Ypres, Belgium, dedicated to the British and Commonwealth soldiers who were killed in the Ypres Salient of World War I and whose graves are unknown. The memorial is located at the eastern exit of the town and marks the starting point for one of the main roads out of the town that led Allied soldiers to the front line. Madrigals performed to a crowd hundreds strong just before the daily playing of ‘The Last Post’ by a lone trumpeter, the performance was beautiful!
All musical groups then performed in The Cathedral of St Bavos which was beautiful and extremely well received.
The Tour’s finale performance occurred in the square outside Ypres’s Cloth Hall. The medieval Cloth Hall lay in ruins after artillery fire devastated Ypres in World War I but between 1933 and 1967, the hall was meticulously reconstructed to its prewar condition, the building now houses the In Flanders Fields Museum.
The performance involved all groups on the tour and entertained many a passer by- simply wonderful!
7pm 7th July 2016
A celebration of Musical excellence inside the theatre and out side and a final goodbye to our year 13’s!
The Evening started in the Spinney Theatre with performances from the full NSG Orchestra, Jacob Prescott and his band performing Billy Strayhorn’s “Take the A Train”. These were followed by stunning performances from both Heather Somerville and Aine Mccarron-Shipman and the NSG string Quartet performing Faure’s Pavane.
James and Alice Flannery preceded the presentation of flowers to the Year 13 students with there amazing rendition of Passacaglia Duet for violin and viola by Handel Halvorsen and Madrigalis provided the finale to the indoor entertainment with their performances of ‘5 Hebrew Love Songs’ and ‘Fix You’, fresh from their recent performance at the Birmingham Symphony Hall.
The evening continued outside with performances from Panatastics and Tie Rack and saw Big Band completing the evening with a wonderfully toe tapping performance and encore.
A beautiful evening of music and reluctant goodbyes!
A celebration of music and the summer season!
Production Arts Festival
Every Year our Production Arts classes host a music festival in a day for the students of NSG, incorporating Music, Circus, Stalls and lots of fun!!!!
On Wednesday 6th July Madrigalis headed north bound for the National Festival of Music for Youth at Birmingham Symphony Hall.
The group sang ‘5 Hebrew Love Songs’ by Eric Whitacre, with Brigith Benny and Hannah Jarvis providing beautiful solos accompanied by the enchanting violin accompaniment of Alice Flannery and an arrangement of ‘Fix You’ by Coldplay.
The performance was fantastically magical!