Hethersett Old Hall School (HOHS) blog – an independent day school near Norwich, Norfolk.

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


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Upper Prep music festival

Thank you to all the parents and friends who came to see our Upper Prep pupils perform a selection of musical items in The Barn yesterday. Some of the children have been learning their instruments for a year or more, while others are just beginners, and the festival gives all those who wish to perform the opportunity to show what they have been practising in their music lessons. The audience experienced a varied programme of solo and ensemble pieces including some delightful contributions from the Upper Prep choir directed by Mrs Richards, before joining the children for refreshments.


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Music and Drama Winter Concert – the pictures!

Thank you to all the family members who came to see our winter concert yesterday: it was lovely to see so many faces filling The Barn. We hope you enjoyed watching as much as we enjoyed performing! Thanks, too, for your generous donations to our chosen charity, Mini Donkeys for Welfare.







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Music and Drama Winter Concert tomorrow

A reminder that our Prep and Senior School pupils will be demonstrating their dramatic and musical talents at our annual Winter Concert tomorrow evening, Thursday 30th, at 6.30pm in The Barn. We hope many of our families will come and join us for what will be a varied programme with contributions from our drama and music departments,  based loosely on the theme of winter.

The concert will finish at approximately 8.00pm and, as you leave, you may like to contribute to a collection for  Mini Donkeys for Wellbeing, our adopted charity for the coming year.  You can see a video about their work and the impact these gentle little creatures make on their website here.

At the end of the evening please join us for mince pies and refreshments.

We look forward to seeing you there!

 

 


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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