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Funky Gibbon Perform at Bedfordshire Battle of the Bands

Bedfordshire Schools’ “Battle of the Bands” took place on Tuesday 15th March 2016 at The Stables in Milton Keynes. Funky Gibbon, who had been voted through by HUS Battle of the Band Judges were totally fired up and having spent a considerable amount of time rehearsing and perfecting their set.  The competition was fierce- the standard of all the groups had risen again. The supportive atmosphere was evident and when it was their turn to sound check- a number of teachers and members of the sound crew commented that Funky Gibbon was going to be the winner.  They played amazingly well,  performed brilliantly as a group- the matching movements unifying them!  Although they got through to the finals- the band didn’t win. Our students were by far the most technically advanced, but on the day, the judges opted for a metal group as their winners- proving how subjective judging such a competition is. It must have been an agonising decision for them. We are all so proud of Funky Gibbon; the essence of the evening was to get up on the world famous stage, have a fantastic time and be part of this great event- all of which they did so brilliantly.


Visit to the Royal Opera House to see Puccini's Tosca

Arriving at the Royal Opera House we were directed upstairs into the ‘Crush Room’ which immediately gave me a sense of grandeur with large glistening chandeliers, a grand piano and large original paintings decorating the walls. In this room we stopped for lunch and were allowed to explore the impressive room opposite which was a spectacular glass room with a beautiful glass ceiling.

After lunch, we then found our seats on the balcony where some of us were lucky enough to be in the front row.

Puccini’s Tosca was both fantastic and tragic with emotionally packed solos, true love and an evil chief.

The real treat for us was that at the first interval the curtain was left open so that we could witness an intricate scene change that was explained by a speaker. The stage for ‘Act 1’ had a lowered ceiling and two levels, both of which took some time to come down and it was visually very interesting to see the transition of scenes between the acts.

The opera was brilliant – the musicians were so talented and put on a fantastic show. We were so privileged to get a real insight in to the behind the scenes work of a large scale opera production.

Anna Beckett – Year 13

7 Hours West Performance in Birmingham

S Ahira, and K Wheeler from 7 Hours West performing “ICI” with the Royal Northern College of Music Session Orchestra at the Music for Youth event in Birmingham


Bedfordshire Youth Choir

Bedfordshire Music Trust are running several holiday music courses for students, one of which is their Bedfordshire Youth Choir. The choir is aimed at 11 to 21 year olds and the next course, which runs over 3 days, will take place from 21st to 23rd July 2015 at Redborne Upper School and cost £44. Please see their website for more information: click here to visit their website.

Toddington Young Musician of the the Year 2015

The YM competition has a £500 prize. With such a wealth of Musical talent at HUS, it would be wonderful to see a large number of students participating.

Students do not have to have instrumental/vocal lessons to apply; however, if they do, please ask your son/daughter/ward to discuss the competition in their next lesson as all peripatetic teachers are aware of the event.

For more information please click here
For an application form please click here


English Brass Academy

English Brass Academy are offering residential brass courses for young brass players at Shrewsbury School from 10-14th August 2015.  Various classes include Brass Works, Brass Studio, Percussion Academy, Music Theory and a drop in day on 10th August.

For more information please click here

Student News

Aiden Waite in his Army Cadet Corps of Drums uniform at the Easter East Anglia Corp of Drums Parade

Battle of the Bands

Bedfordshire Schools Battle of the Bands Winners 2015 - 7 Hours West 

Bedfordshire Schools Battle of the Bands at The Stables 2015 - Funky Gibbon

Bedfordshire Schools Battle of the Bands Runners Up

"Harlington Upper School won a Kawai keyboard and the band '7 Hours West' won a Marshall amp, a day's recording in the Sound Garage, items from Tempa Music, Twinwood Festival tickets and many chances to play in local festivals.

The judges loved the tight vocal harmony, the creative use of the drum kit and the original songs.  For them they stood out as being very different.

Overall they found it very difficult to choose a winner and it was remarked how difficult the task was."

Dave Probert, organiser of Battle of the Bands

Spring Concert