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Music Report Week 2 - Sep 17, 2021

It has been another vibrant and exciting week in the music department. Our weekly programme of extra curricular activities is very much up and running and we are pleased to see so many involved. We are noticing that students are maybe not remembering the lunchtime groups, but I am sure in time this will sort itself out. It is always important to remember that we are only ten days into the new term, and yet at TWBS a lot can happen in ten days!

On Monday 13th September we held our first Recital Evening for Year 9 & 10. This is designed to be an informal concert to give students a chance to ease themselves in to performing. It was a lovely event and 11 students turned up to perform – we hope for even more next time. Well done to the following Year 9 & 10 students for their excellent contribution to the recital:


Loukas Philippidis (Year 10)
George Williams (Year 10)
Will Creffield (Year 10)
Charlie Kingsford (Year 10)
Tristan Urquhart-Irvine (Year 10)
Thierry Waters (Year 10)
Will Finnis (Year 10)
Benas Macenas (Year 10)
Tom Peace (Year 9)
Taylor Attwell (Year 9)
Archie Pepin (Year 9)

Over the course of the week, we have had 15 activities taking place outside of lesson time. Some of these are student led and I am grateful to those students who are stepping up. I was pleased to see more at the Dhol Drumming group on Tuesday, and I hope this really builds up momentum ahead of the school Open Evening performance.


The Little Mermaid is going really well, and rehearsals are taking place on Wednesdays and Thursdays. We are keen to have more students involved from TWBS, so please just get in touch for more details. It is a big operation and so it is important that students know exactly what is going on and when they are needed. It is important that students know when rehearsals are, and listen out for any changes to timings and schedule.


This week we have had instrument taster sessions on Drums, Guitar, Saxophone, Clarinet, Trombone & Trumpet. It is great to see students signing up for lessons – it is never too late to learn an instrument. For more information on lessons, please email me directly and I will let you know what to do.


This weekend we have a rehearsal on Sunday for The Little Mermaid where we will be very much taking the cast “Under the Sea”. And on Sunday night I am involved in an event at The Old Court where I will be interviewing Kadiatu Kanneh-Mason. She is the mother of the famous Cellist Sheku who performed at the Royal Wedding. Students from the sixth form are coming along to find out more about what it takes to make it as a musician.

Also this week I was privileged to attend to the launch event for the Platinum Jubilee celebrations that are taking place next year. It will be quite something to mark the 70th year on the throne for our Queen. I am on the management committee for this event and I will be organising school events and musical events over the year. For more information you can visit –


So that’s another week done. I wonder, what might you get involved in next week that will make you more musical. Maybe try out a club, have a go on an instrument or dive in and join the cast of The Little Mermaid. Whatever you do, just go for it and I know you will love it.


If you have any questions then please do email me  You can also follow us on Twitter @twbsmusic

I hope that you have a lovely weekend and enjoy the lovely weather.


James Manwaring
Director of Music