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Girls 3-18 and boys 3-11, boarding for girls from 9

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Review: Norfolk High Schools’ Choir Festival 2017

On Thursday, our senior choir members took part in the 2017 Norfolk High School Choir Festival at St Andrews Hall in Norwich – a fantastic opportunity to sing with a full range of voices in a large choir. The girls spent all day polishing a variety of pieces to perform to an appreciative full-house audience in the evening.  Our thanks to Mrs Greene for her coaching and for taking the girls, and to Felicity’s mother for the following review:

“The choir and orchestra kicked off with a jubilant rendition of the Hallelujah Chorus. I was very impressed that no one inserted an extra ‘Hallelujah’ in the pause before the end, a mistake that even highly professional singers have been known to make. The other highlights of the evening for me were the performance of ‘Rule the World’ (Take That), the selections from ‘Wicked’ and Carl Orff’s ‘O Fortuna’.

In the last two performances, the orchestra and wind band were a perfect accompaniment to the choirs. The high voices of the pupils were a great contrast to the depth of the orchestral score. In ‘O Fortuna’ the choirs brought fantastic cheerfulness to the gloomy Latin text: you would never have guessed that the singers are actually railing against fortune! As the singers sang their hearts out, the cymbals clashed, the tubas boomed and the rafters rang, ending the evening on a fantastic note of exhilaration. Well done to all of the pupils who participated. You did a fantastic job.”


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Fry triumph in House Music Competition!

The Barn echoed to the sound of the seventies yesterday when this year’s house music theme took us back to the age of flares, funny hairstyles and fantastic tunes.

The competition requires each house to produce a programme featuring a solo/duet, an instrumental number and both small and full-house choirs. The houses this year effectively covered a musically-varied decade; tracks chosen stretched from The Carpenters’ 1970 classic ‘Close to You’ (Fry’s ten singers contribution) to the haunting synth sounds of Joy Division’s ‘Love will tear us apart’ from 1979, performed by Austen as its instrumental contribution.

As always, the result was a thoroughly enjoyable afternoon; competitive, supportive and light-hearted.  Mrs Collin gave some constructive feedback on behalf of the judges and the final result was a win for Fry, with a total of 265 points. Well done to all involved.

Mr Crump


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Junior Choir are a bit windy!

Our Junior Choir (Years 3-6) meets on Monday afternoons under the expert tutelage of  Director of Drama Mrs Richards. The roving camera caught them yesterday as they began work on an atmospheric song about the winter wind….perhaps you can tell from the picture that they are intoning some ghostly  “ooooh” wind sounds here!  We will all be able to see and hear the polished performance in the winter concert later in the second half of term.

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Musical Lunchtimes at HOHS

Pupils in Years 6-13 at HOHS can participate in enjoyable, fun and rewarding musical activities at lunchtimes – if you are in one of these year groups, come and join us!

Tuesday – Choir (Years 7 -13)
If you enjoy singing, come along and try the choir. Performances will include the High Schools’ Choir Festival at St Andrews’ Hall, the HOHS winter concert and the carol services in St Remigius’ church.

Wednesday – Rock Band (Years 7 -13)
Can you play guitar, keyboards or drums? Fancy yourself as a lead vocalist? Come and see Mr Dodd at 12.45 on Wednesday if you would like to give it a go!

Thursday – Orchestra (Years 6 – 13)
If you play an orchestral instrument come along to MU1 at 1.05pm on Thursday.

Friday – Flute ensemble (Years 7 – 13)
We have quite a few good flautists in the school and Miss Ellis is starting up a new flute ensemble. Just come along to MU1 at 1.05pm on Friday with your flute.

Your choice…
We have handchimes, recorders, ukuleles, and djembes all longing to be used by
interested groups! Let me know if you and your friends would like to start a group.

Mrs Greene
Head of Music

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Lower Prep music concert and praises assembly

A warm thank you to all the parents and family members who attended yesterday’s Lower Prep music concert and praises assembly. What a delight it was!  A full gallery of pictures will be ready soon.


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HOHS musicians entertain at Dementia Cafe

On Tuesday, Mrs Greene and a group of seniors visited Hethersett Methodist Church Hall to perform a variety of musical pieces to members of the village’s Dementia Café and friends. The audience was highly appreciative of the girls’ solo and ensemble performances and Mrs Greene reports that all the girls performed very well indeed. “We loved the way the audience sang along to the well-known tunes we played”, she said. Well done, girls!

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Senior Spring Recital: Mrs Greene’s review

Earlier we reported briefly on Wednesday’s Senior Spring Recital. Mrs Greene has added this more detailed appreciative review:

This year’s Spring Recital showcased some of the school’s musical talents and I would like to offer my congratulations to all our performers for their courage in sharing their talents at the concert. I know it can be a little scary in front of an audience!

As usual, the orchestra kicked things off with two pieces, St Anthony Chorale by Brahms and the well-known Sousa Marches (memories of Monty Python). Thanks are due to Mrs Jaggard for all her work with the orchestra. They may be few in number but the members have shown eagerness and commitment.

Thank you to Mrs Jaggard, also, for accompanying most of our soloists. Four of our flautists played a solo or a duet – a blues number from Isabel, an athletic, classical piece from Emilia, a familiar duet from Alice, and finally, a beautiful piece of Bach from Alia. All four played with a beautiful tone; thanks also to Miss Ellis for her help.

Our solo singers, Felicity, Francesca and Charlotte, entertained us with songs ranging from an Easter hymn and a song from the musicals, to a recent chart song. Special mention must go to Charlotte Harding (Charlie) for stepping in to accompany the two older girls in their performances. She also accompanied the choir in their version of the Panic at the disco song This is gospel. This term, the choir chose and arranged this song themselves. They are becoming more confident singing harmonies in three parts.

Suzie and Cristina performed on the piano for us; Cristina performed her solo from memory (I couldn’t do that) and Suzie introduced us to the melodies of Korean K-Pop. Sophie showed how much her violin playing has improved over the years, performing a technically challenging piece. Anna, too, has shown so much progress over the times we have heard her play her harp. Look out for her larger harp at Speech Day.