Recordings, Competitions & Exams

Recordings

Malvern Singing Day – Please click on the photo to listen to a clip of Winterfold pupils involved in the Malvern St.James singing day.

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Summer Concert – Please click here to listen to the sound clips from the 2015 Summer Concert.

Recording Studio – Winterfold’s Jazz Band were lucky enough to be able to record their very own CD at the renowned Metropolis recording studios.

Following the recording, the band featured in the Kidderminster Shuttle and an extract of the press story is below:

“Winterfold’s Jazz Band recently made a recording at the world-famous Metropolis Studios in London. This is the very studio where the Live Aid album was recorded back in the 1980s and, more recently, Adele 21, Urban Hymns, Back to Black and many other albums by top international artists.

The band, known as the Groove Diggers, is made up of children just 10 to 13 years of age from Winterfold House School in Chaddesley Corbett.

Director of Music at Winterfold, Jerry Price, said, “This was a fantastic opportunity for the children.  Just to visit the studios would have been an experience but to spend the day making a recording with two top engineers was brilliant.

“All the children wore headphones to record and hear the mix. The sound was incredible, especially from the drums, bass and vocals!”

The Groove Diggers were invited to the studios after reaching the finals of the National Youth Music Festival. They recorded five live tracks and the final mix will soon be available on Sound Cloud and CD.” – Kidderminster Shuttle

You can listen to a range of recordings on Sound Cloud, and a selection of videos on YouTube – please click the images below.

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Competitions

Worcester Competitive Arts Festival 2016

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Across two weekends in March 2016, musicians from Winterfold competed at the Worcester Competitive Arts Festival. Winterfold won three of the singing classes against a huge field of talented pupils from other schools.

Congratulations to the following pupils on their individual successes at the Festival:

Rosie Brookes (three 1st places in strings classes), Alice Price (2nd and a medal in U10 brass), Jack Rice (1st place U10 wind), Lillie Swayer (1st place U8 vocal solo), Evie Richards (1st place U12 vocal solo) and Catherine Chung (1st place U10 vocal solo).

 

Music For Youth National Festival 2015

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Both Groove Diggers and Off Beats were highly recommended for their outstanding performances at the Music For Youth Festival in Cheltenham. The bands  went into the pool from the whole country for only 6 places in the final. Sadly, the judges decided that after the success and all the opportunities given to the Groove Diggers over this last year, including performing at The Royal Albert Hall and Symphony Hall,  that they would allow their place to go to another band. However they were keen for them to play a satellite stage and do a workshop at the Finals.

Off Beats, however, were put through to the National Final, performing in the Finals Showcase at Birmingham Town Hall in the Open Jazz and Soul Event which showcases the best school bands from primary to 18 year olds (Off-Beats are the only band in the younger bracket).

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Previous Competitions:

“A school jazz band with an average age of 12 has reached the finals of the National Youth Music Festival.

‘The Groove Diggers’ are made up of pupils from Winterfold House School in Chaddesley Corbett and all the members are aged 13 and below.

The regional rounds of the festival were held in Shrewsbury in March and judges described the group’s performance as ‘simply spine-tingling’.

All the final acts have been selected from children up to 18 years of age from the entire country and the Groove Diggers will be performing at Birmingham Town Hall in July.

The band went onto win the National Partnership Jazz Award for the most promising jazz act in the whole competition. The prize was a trip to the Royal Albert Hall and an upcoming performance at the Symphony Hall.” – Worcester News.

 

ABRSM Exams

In recent ABRSM exams, 67 children passed music grades, many of them with merit and distinction.  Eight pupils achieved Grade 4, five Grade 5 and six Grade 6. The results are fantastic, especially as all of the children are under 13!  In the last 3 years, Winterfold pupils have passed 254 Music Grades, 38 of these at Grades 5, 6 and 7.