With Christmas looking slightly different to usual, Archbishop McGrath are unable to have their usual Christmas Concert. However, this year they will celebrate the festive season by holding their very own virtual Christmas Concert where parents and pupils can watch from the comfort of their own home.
For the Catholic high school, located in Brackla, Bridgend – school productions are an integral part of their curriculum. The Music Department is a flourishing aspect of the school and in usual times have a very busy programme of rehearsals and concerts. The school have previously put on two very successful productions of Mary Poppins and The Wizard of Oz.
Head of Music, Charlotte Leeke said: “We are delighted to be sharing our Christmas concert with everyone virtually this year. It is always a privilege to showcase the God given gifts and talents of our musicians in our concerts and our first virtual concert is no exception.”
Ms Leeke added: “As a school, we feel very proud of the achievements of all our musicians and the amazing contribution they make to the Music Department. We thank them for all their hard work and commitment and we hope that you enjoy our first virtual Christmas concert. Wishing you a very happy and blessed Christmas and prosperous New Year.”
Sage Taylor, an exceptionally talented musician in Year 9 said: “In a world now, where Music is muted, and my musical voice is silenced, I feel so happy to re-join with the Archbishop McGrath Orchestra in our virtual concert. I have really missed my music life, and this is a great opportunity to express my love of music in a different way.”
“My fellow musicians and I are like individual pieces in a jigsaw, that when put together, create a beautiful picture, and Music can be heard once again!”
The Christmas Concert will be produced by pupils video recording themselves performing a short piece and combined into one clip to make a whole concert.
Music teacher, Bob Fitzgerald is producing the online concert. He said: “We are so excited to be able to share the gifts and talents of our wonderful students in this new and exciting format. ”
Year 10 GCSE student, Rosie Hagarty said: “The virtual Christmas concert this year has helped me to keep motivated and practising. Playing in orchestras is a massive part of being a musician and I’m glad we still get to perform in them using a different format.”
The virtual concert will take place on Wednesday 9th December, and will be available to view on Archbishop McGraths website, http://www.archbishopmg.co.uk/