From the Summer Term, Michael Wynne will be joining us to teach singing and piano. I am sure most of you are familiar with him by now, but if not, he is the new Malcolm (!) taking over as Director of Music at St. Luke’s Church. Michael will take over Shivani’s teaching as, due to her increasing work commitments in England, she is unable to return to the Academy.
We would like to express our gratitude to all of you for your patience and understanding with the ongoing building works. We are on the final stretch, despite having encountered further set-backs. We should be able to move JLPA downstairs to their new home by half-term at the latest, giving us back full use of the other three floors.
Ackworth School will be staying with us 12th-16th July. They are performing several concerts around Jersey, which will feature a number of their ensembles.
The Ackworth School Senior Choir, led by Oliver McCarthy-Bell, is non-auditioned and consists of students from 11-18 years of age. Priding itself on its diverse range of repertoire, to appeal to a wide-ranging audience, the choir performs music from pop, musical theatre, film, and contemporary classics. With members exceeding 30, the choir consists of about 10% of the full Senior school population! This year, the choir was able to take advantage of the lift in Covid restrictions in the UK with performances at the Rothwell Music Festival, where we won our competition category, and a lunchtime at Wakefield Cathedral, which was enthusiastically received.
The Chamber Choir is a more selective group, made up of some of the older students in the main Senior Choir. Led by Eleanor Younger, the group performs both acapella and accompanied songs, with full 4 part (sometimes more!) harmonies. The choir enjoys performing SATB arrangements of both popular and classical music.
Ackworth String Ensemble is led by Head of Strings, Rae Strong. Comprising of both students and staff, the ensemble both nurtures younger members and allows its older members to demonstrate their skill in playing. The group enjoy playing Although repertoire mainly focuses on classical music and folk, the group have been known to occasionally classical music and folk music, which you can expect to hear in our programme whilst here in Jersey!
Wolverhampton Grammar School
Wolverhampton Grammar School will be staying with us 19th-23rd July. They are performing several concerts around Jersey, which will feature their Big Band, String Ensemble, and Vocalists.
East Riding of Yorkshire Council
East Riding Senior Ensembles will be visiting us 20th-24th July, staying at JAAC. They are performing several concerts around Jersey, which will feature East Riding Youth Orchestra, Senior Wind Band, Jazz Collective and Flute Choir. Their concerts will include music to suit all tastes by : Tito Puente, William Walton, Faure, Saint Saens, Bernstein, Lloyd Webber and Adele.
The members of the East Riding Senior ensembles attend schools in the East Riding of Yorkshire. The groups perform in venues in and around the East Riding and beyond. We have undertaken overseas tours to many countries including Italy, Germany, Croatia and Belgium. We are really looking forward to visiting and performing on the beautiful Island of Jersey.
Summer Term 2022
Start of term – Monday 25th April
End of Term – Saturday 9th July
Half Term – Week beginning 30th May
Bank holidays – 2nd and 9th of May
Check with your teacher regarding replacement lessons
Key Diary Dates
Ackworth School Concert – 13th July, 1:45pm, Howard Davis Park
Ackworth School Concert – 14th July, 3pm, Gorey Castle
Ackworth School Concert – 15th July, 7:30pm, Georgetown Methodist Church
Wolverhampton School Concert – 20th July, 12:15pm, Howard Davis Park
Wolverhampton School Concert – 21st July, 2pm, Gorey Castle
Wolverhampton School Concert – 22nd July, 6pm, Dinner concert at Chateau Vermont
East Riding Schools Concert – 22nd July, 7:30pm, St Helier Methodist Centre
East Riding Schools Concert – 23rd July, 1:15pm, Liberation Square
East Riding Schools Concert – 24th July, 3:30pm, Howard Davis Park
Summer Course – Monday 25th to Saturday 30th July
Crafty Musicians Course – 22nd to 26th August
Community Choir Rehearsals – Thursdays 28th April, 5th May, 12th May, 19th May
Exam Prep Sessions – Sundays 26th June, 3rd July and 10th July
Exam Week (Trinity and ABRSM) – Monday 11th to Wednesday 13th July
Collaborations and Concerts
Tuesday 7th to Friday 10th June – RNCM ensemble residency
Looking ahead for Autumn 2022
Academy Term starts on 12th September
Half Term – 24th October
Jersey Eisteddfod Music Festival 13-19th November
Launch of the Arts Award at the Academy
Trip to Royal Northern College of Music
End of Term – 10th December