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Seniors entertain at Spring Recital

On Wednesday evening, parents, staff and friends were treated to a programme of accomplished solo, choral and orchestral pieces from some of our senior pupils. From Faure to Take That and from Strauss to a Spoonful of Sugar, the varied programme had plenty to please and gave pupils an opportunity to showcase their musical talents.

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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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Seniors entertain at Spring Recital

On Wednesday evening, parents, staff and friends were treated to a programme of accomplished solo, choral and orchestral pieces from some of our senior pupils. From Bach to K-Pop and from Spirituals to Somewhere over the Rainbow, the varied programme had plenty to please and gave pupils an opportunity to showcase their musical talents.

Pictured here are the orchestra,  Emilia (Year 8) who played a solo flute piece by Cimarosa, and Felicity  (Year 7), who sang a lovely arrangement of the traditional French song Love is Come Again.

Well done to all who performed, and thank you to Mrs Greene for organising the evening and to the parents and friends who came along – we hope you enjoyed the performances.

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Senior Spring Recital Entertains!


The Senior School musicians entertained an appreciative audience on Wednesday night with a varied programme that ranged from orchestral classics to Ed Sheeran.

The performances began with the school orchestra, capably directed by Mrs Jaggard, playing Grieg, Bizet and Rogers and Hammerstein. Sixth formers Hannah and Bridget, in their last performance of their schooldays, followed this with a haunting version of Leonard Cohen’s ‘Hallelujah’ that had the neck hairs prickling.

Instrumental solos followed on the flute, violin and piano and we had vocal ensembles including the senior choir, solo voice and a fairly ear-splitting finale from the rock band.

We were left marvelling at the range of musical talent amongst the senior girls and looking forward to their future development.


Mr Crump, Headmaster

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Senior Spring Recital Tonight!

spring-musicAll parents and friends of HOHS are warmly welcomed to attend our senior recital this evening from 6.30-8.00pm in the Barn. The programme includes a varied mix of items performed by our orchestra, choir and rock band as well as some of our more accomplished soloists.

Some specific items to look out for include Emily Catlin (Year 10), who, after learning guitar for just six months, is performing The A Team by Ed Sheeran, with sixth formers Karen Maenje and Tamikani Nkhata on vocals. Emily came to Mrs Greene wanting to include learning guitar part of her DofE award, making it her goal to perform at this evening’s recital.

Of our other sixth formers, Bridget Holmes and Hannah Wallis will be performing Leonard Cohen’s Hallelujah, while Emily Edwards has chosen an unaccompanied flute piece, Syrinx, by Claude Debussy; meanwhile Sheki Oku and Tina Au can be seen in the Rock Band, which will be making its final appearance in its current line-up, as most of the members are moving on to higher education in September.

The pictures below are from last year’s recital: we hope to have some from this evening on the blog tomorrow!

Mrs Greene
Head of Music


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Senior Spring Recital

spring-musicThe Senior Spring Recital was a very enjoyable evening that showcased some of our more adept students.

There was a great sense of variety with performances of current popular song from India Simmons and Charlie Harding, and more traditional items such as Satie’s Gymnopedie played by Angel Tseng. The orchestra regaled us with ‘Consider yourself’ from ‘Oliver’, and the choir sang a very atmospheric version of ‘Skyfall’. The evening was rounded off with the Rock Band.

Thank you to all performers for entertaining us so well. See more photos here.

Mrs Greene
Head of Music


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The benefits of learning a musical instrument

Learning a musical instrument is very enjoyable and rewarding. Even if someone is not naturally ‘musical’, sufficient practice can develop the necessary skills.

Scientists say that children who are exposed to music, or those who play an instrument, do better in school than those who don’t. Recent research suggests exposure to music may benefit a child’s reading age, IQ and the development of certain parts of the brain.

Being successful in the world of music doesn’t necessarily require an advanced level of ability (though it helps!) – for example, the technical ability of many electric guitarists in famous bands is relatively poor, but if they have the ability to string a few simple chords together and create a catchy song, they can make millions and achieve worldwide fame!RockBand-SM

I teach the various different styles of guitar (electric, acoustic, classical and bass) and the piano, with an emphasis on creating music (song writing/improvisation) as well as learning existing songs/music.

I also run Rock Band for Senior School pupils every Friday lunchtime from 12.50pm – 1.20pm.

Mr Dodd
Guitar & Piano Teacher