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My first EP is now available

My first EP is now available

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After spending around 6 months with my guitar tutor Paul Whittaker, my first EP is now available to listen on musical steaming platform such as Apple music and YouTube music. The EP is called “Long Story Short“, and it is a summary of major things which happened in my life that lead to changes in my thoughts and opinions. I composed all the songs, and record and produced it in the music studio at school […]

A fantastic afternoon of live music with local bands

A fantastic afternoon of live music with local bands

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Our Rose Garden Festival is a fantastic afternoon of live music with local bands, in the glorious setting of Fyling Hall’s Rose Garden. After two years without it, I am super excited that this Festival is going to happen again this year. For those who haven’t attend this festival before, it’sIt is usually on a Saturday afternoon between 2-5 and welcomes audience members from all over. The profits all go to a chosen charity, and […]

Year 11 and 13 musicians perform amazingly

Year 11 and Year 13 musicians perform amazingly

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After weeks of preparation, our Year 11 and Year 13 musicians really did perform amazingly at the RockSchool concert events. Both events went smoothly (bar some technical drum issues!) and the audience expressed their love for the performers.  Some particularly great highlights of the nights were the beautiful harp piece from our only school harp player – Maya – who played an emotional classical piece called ‘Nataliana’. The other great performance which got everyone dancing […]

An exciting time planning and preparing

An exciting time planning and preparing

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This term, we’ve had an exciting time planning and preparing for the year 11 and year 13 RockSchool Concert which is part of their course. Both nights should be fantastic events with songs being performed on a multitude of instruments. The pupils have been working and rehearsing hard ready to put on a good show for their first audience in 2 years! After so long of being indoors and locked away, we are so excited […]

A busy time in the Music department

A busy time in the Music department

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January to March is always a busy time in the Music department and I am optimistic that this year we will finally get to do some live performances. Every year, our Year 11 and 13 RockSchool musicians, spending the first quarter of the year preparing, rehearsing and completing their exam concert as part of their final exam unit. They have 5-6 weeks of rehearsal time, to prepare and perfect a performance of their choice (following […]

Fascinating keyboard instruments

Fascinating keyboard instruments

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On Friday the 8th of October, a group of aspiring musicians ventured out into Lythe; their sole mission to learn about the fascinating keyboard instruments: the clavichord and the concert grand-piano. Used largely during the Baroque, Classical and Renaissance periods, the clavichord’s spell-binding music had our group in raptures as our guide played a Bach piece, the sound sweetly serenading our ears and lulling some into an awe-inspired trance. But our exploration of the clavichord […]

The wonderful music teachers we have at Fyling Hall

The wonderful music teachers we have at Fyling Hall

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Welcome to this little blog about the wonderful music teachers we have at Fyling Hall. My name is Mrs Swain (known as Miss Johnson before the Summer Holidays) and I am the Head of Music at Fyling Hall School. We are very lucky to have such fantastic musicians teaching one to one lessons to the pupils at Fyling Hall and I wanted to create this blog to allow you to meet them and to get […]

Rockschool (RSL) leading the way

Rockschool (RSL) leading the way

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Despite many music exams still being recorded and marked digitally, it’s great to see Rockschool (RSL) leading the way once again with face-to-face appointments. Our very own super-confident Gracie jumped at the chance to do a real, live performance, and took her Grade 5 Singing exam in July at the Forum Music Centre in Darlington. RSL examiner Graham Sykes was absolutely blown away by Gracie, stating that her “vocal tone was superb throughout” and that […]

Another bizarre year for Music and Drama

Another bizarre year for Music and Drama

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This year has been yet again another bizarre year for Music and Drama at Fyling Hall. We have had Year 11 and 13 exam concerts with no audience, a Fyling Hall’s Got Talent competition with only a handful of judges and the contestants, we even had an outdoor concert on the terrace to allow our Year 10 and 12 musicians the chance to perform. Although it has been another bizarre year for Music and Drama, […]

We really do have talent!

We really do have talent!

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One could not help but exclaim “We really do have talent!” as the proverbial curtains drew on Fyling Hall School’s Got Talent. The first talent show its kind at Fyling Hall saw more than 30 students showcase their talent, both live and virtually. Acts include singing, dancing, musical instruments and also mountain biking, trampolining, skateboarding whilst completing a Rubik’s Cube and dog training. Performers did not make the judges’ job easy! After much deliberation, many […]

Away from their screens

Away from their screens

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We’ve been hearing about what the pupils have been doing away fromtheir screens, but wonder what our teachers have been doing to escapethe ubiquitous Zoom lessons… Mr Cross is a huge Bach fan, and decided to re-arrange Bach’s Andante inF major for the organ. Not only did he transcribe the piece – it wasoriginally composed for violin –  but he also decided to learn to playit himself and then record it! Miss Stewart has been […]

music in a virtual world

Music in a virtual world

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How does one teach music in a virtual world? Miss Johnson, Fyling Hall’s Head of Music, takes us on a quick journey through some of our music lessons during the UK’s third lockdown. Year 4, 5 and 6 having been creating their own instruments. Pupils had a choice of three . . . from glass xylophone, straw pipes and rain maker and only one lesson to make it.  Take a look! Year 7 looked at […]

Look after your mental health with music

Look after your mental health with music

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Whilst we are all working and learning from home again, be sure to look after your mental health with music. Finding ourselves in yet another lockdown, mental health must be at the top of the priority list. Music is key to keeping ourselves mentally healthy and making us smile during this lockdown. Whether that is learning a new instrument, writing a song to express your emotions, or listening to some classic tunes to keep you […]

a very odd lead up to Christmas

A very odd lead up to Christmas

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This year it has been a very odd lead up to Christmas. Usually by this point I would be busy rehearsing with the choir and orchestra preparing for the many performances that occur in December. I am saddened that we won’t be able to perform to the residents at two care homes in Whitby, nor in Robin Hoods Bay for the Victorian Weekend. There will be no performance in our fabulous Christmas Fair and sadly […]

Music will continue to flow through the school

Music will continue to flow through our school

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Music will continue to flow through our school, regardless of Covid.  This is my objective. As a teacher you learn to adapt and change, but this year has been a much bigger change. As musicians it is so important we are given the chance to perform together in whatever way we can. How do we do this in a safe environment? I spent my Summer recreating all of my KS3 schemes of work to make […]

Fantastic, musical footage

Fantastic, musical footage

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With exam results published, we proudly showcase the fantastic, musical footage from our Year 11 and 12 exam concert. Taking place in March 2020, just before lockdown hit, Fyling Hall’s annual Rockschool concert is always a great night, attended by friends and family. But did you know that it also serves as music students’ exam? The Rockschool music qualifications are tailor-made for the contemporary musician, and the concert is videoed for assessment. The performances you see […]

A truly collaborative piece

A truly collaborative piece

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Rise Up is a truly collaborative piece . . . a compilation of photos and videos inspired by Rising Up during Lockdown, accompanied by the school choir organised by Miss Johnson, Fyling Hall’s Head of Music. Thank you to all of our contributors including current Fyling Hall students and staff, alumni, former staff, friends and family, with special thanks to Paul Whittaker for his hours and hours of editing. This truly collaborative piece is a true labour […]

Rise Up

Rise Up

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Will you Rise Up to the challenge? We need your help! To accompany her virtual choir, Miss Johnson, Fyling Hall’s Head of Music, requests your pictures and videos. We are looking for something you have done in lockdown that makes you think of rising up. New baby or pet? Fantastic piece of work? Or just a photo, painting or piece of art that fits the theme. It is what ‘Rise up’ means for you! Entries […]

Skye's Toy inspired music

Skye’s Toy inspired music

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Have a listen to Skye’s Toy inspired music! Composed by Fyling Hall’s Junior School pupil, Skye, this fantastic piece is inspired by the Junior School’s whole school topic of Toys. Skye’s composition is based on her short story about a rocking horse. Amazing! You may recall that the Toys topic is covered each afternoon by all students across the Junior School. Headteacher, Mrs Freer, chose the topic because it has endless possibilities and perhaps most importantly, […]

charity single

Charity single

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In an effort to raise money for the Covid 19 research at Barts Health, local musicians, including our very own Head of Music have released a charity single. Miss Johnson joined up with musicians from all around the Whitby and Bay Area including her Dad and most of her Back in the Habit Band.  The single has been in the making since lock down started and was set up by local musician, Phil Moore. Miss […]

a look back in music

A look back in Music

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Taking advantage of the Easter Break, Miss Johnson, Fyling Hall’s Head of Music, takes a look back in Music. Read more about the immediate impact of the coronavirus crisis on the Music Department and watch this space for her plans for the upcoming term . . . As a Music Teacher it was with a heavy heart that I had to cancel the upcoming Fyling Hall School Orchestra concert and the school trip to see […]

developing skills in music - recent workshop with Steve Cooper

Developing your skills in music

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During these scary times, I would love to see as many of you as possible developing your skills in music! Why not learn a new instrument, or practice singing, or even set up a mini concert from your home like some of our students have already done. Use your time in your home wisely and come back to school with lots of new skills that you never normally get chance to learn. Below are some […]

sounds of nature inspired by Fyling Hal's Rose Garden

The sounds of nature

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Last term Fyling Hall’s Year 7’s created from scratch their own composition to do with the sights, smells and sounds of nature. They got their inspiration from a lesson in our Rose Garden and created it using the four chords of pop. Each member of the class was involved with either the writing side of things, the performance or the production elements. It was a class effort, and the Year 7’s should be proud of […]

Liza takes a little piece of Fyling Hall home

Taking a little piece of Fyling Hall home

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At Fyling Hall, we love the thought of our pupils taking a little piece of Fyling Hall home. How about this as an example? Watch Liza’s, a Year 12 music student from Russia, fabulous performance of “Addicted.” Liza performs “Addicted,” a song that she and her colleague, Will, wrote at Fyling Hall . . . a fantastic example of taking a little piece of Fyling Hall home. Well done, Liza and Will!

Orchestra Club is fun

Orchestra club continues

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I am so pleased to say that Fyling Hall’s orchestra club continues this term. Expertly led by local conductor, Bob Butterfield. Mr Butterfield is a fantastic woodwind player and teacher who runs Whitby’s Saturday band on a weekend. We are excited to have a few new members joining us, including another Euphonium player and a Bassoon player. In no particular order, our orchestra this half term consists of the following instruments: ViolinOboeFluteTrumpetCornetFrench hornSaxophonePianoEuphonium – two players, no less!BassoonCello It is […]

Rose Garden Music Festival lineup complete

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Just a few days to go and the Rose Garden Music Festival lineup is now complete . . . we are thrilled to announce Back in the Habit as the fourth act in our lineup.    What better act to close the Festival? Back in the Habit are a 9-piece function band bound to get you on your feet and dancing. The band got together originally when they were asked to provide the backing for Whitby Area […]

Rose Garden Music Festival Lineup – Second Act Announced

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It’s now just two and a half weeks until Fyling Hall School’s Rose Garden Music Festival, and time to reveal our second act. The our second reveal is Ubunye! Ubunye are a vibrant seven piece Afro Jazz/dance band based in the UK, featuring three vocalists from Kwa Zulu Natal in South Africa and a four piece rhythm section. The music is an inspirational blend of jazz, Isigqi – traditional Zulu music – and Afro-pop. High […]

Rose Garden Music Festival Lineup -First Act Announced

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Only three weeks to go until Fyling Hall School’s Rose Garden Music Festival!  And who is in the lineup we hear you ask? With absolute delight we announce our first act is none other than folk legend, Fyling Hall alumna and local resident, Eliza Carthy!!  Eliza leads our lineup on Saturday, 15th June 2019, having only recently joined us for a song writing workshop. Her accomplishments are too many to list here.  Should you wish to take […]

The younger generation’s interest in classical music

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As we did in the previous term, we went to see the Scarborough Symphony Orchestra perform last Saturday (11th May 2019). This time we heard a collection of Tchaikovsky pieces, a “Sleeping Beauty” suite and an original Norwegian piece call “The Tale of Taliesin”. The last one was especially interesting because it was the UK Premiere, and we were introduced to the composer. It was fun night and a lot of other attendees complimented us […]

Eliza Carthy songwriting workshop

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As Eliza is an ex-pupil of Fyling Hall it seemed only fitting that she should come to the school to deliver a song writing workshop to our Year 10 and talented Year 9 Music pupils. She introduced the pupils to her music and talked about her inspiration behind the lyrics and the music videos. As the pupils are following the Rockschool qualification which is aligned with industry standards the pupils were then set the task […]

Fyling Hall pupils young and old do themselves proud

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Fyling Hall pupils young and old did themselves proud last weekend when they performed in the Whitby Music Centre Spring Concert at Fylingthorpe Methodist Church. Alyssa Kelly sang with the choir, while Zachary Kelly played for the WOW band. Megan Hinds performed a wonderful violin solo and played for the Strings Group. Amelia Kelly, Damon Kelly and Tomas Richardson played for the Whitby Area Concert Band and Damon and Tomas also performed a duet. They […]

Flashback … last term in Music ?

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Miss Johnson reflects on last term’s Y7 & Y8 Music Lessons at Fyling Hall … The Year 7s had a busy term creating their first over single. The topic was nature, so the pupils started the term by setting off into the Rose Garden to see what they could see, hear and smell. Once we had spent some time gaining inspiration, we headed back to the music room to start writing some lyrical ideas. The […]

A Musical Update

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The run up to Christmas is traditionally a very busy time for the music department.  This year is no exception! Rehearsals are already in full swing for the Carol Service and the Junior School production. In addition, Fyling Hall is once again proud to be hosting the Trinity Music Exams on 14th December. These will be taking place in Woodside, and, as before, we will welcome pupils across the area including our own talented pupils. […]