- 11th March 2020
DAOS Soul Band Evening –
It was A Night to Remember and the audience really did Reach for the Stars and go Crazy at the end of a brilliant evening of musical entertainment, Signed, Sealed and Delivered by the Junior and Senior Soul Bands in the Main Hall on Wednesday evening.
Following it#s Royal Albert Hall premiere on Sunday, we were also treated to the Potter#s Bar premiere of Y11 student, Matthew Debnam#s composition, Finding My Way.
An ongoing theme through this term#s concerts is to start to bid a fond farewell to our Y13 musicians. This was continued as Luke Newmarch performed Kamasi Washington#s Kipling Theme in an arrangement he had created especially for the event for saxophone and Soul Band.
Mr Grimstead took the advantage of the evening to bid an enormously fond and sad farewell to Ms Niamh McNally. Niamh has been teaching at Owen#s in various capacities, including as classroom teacher and singing teacher, for 15 years. The Soul Bands were Niamh#s vision and, ever since she founded them, they have always earned a most treasured place in the school#s music-making. THANK-YOU Niamh, and we will miss you!
The whole evening was presented with extraordinary professionalism, pride and joy in performing. Congratulations and thanks to all the performers, the Owen#s Tech Crew, and the musical directors, David Guy and Neil Crossley (Junior Soul Band) and Matt Grimstead (Senior Soul Band) and, of course to Niamh Mcnally for her work with this year#s Senior Soul Band vocalists and for all the joy and inspiration over the years.
- 3rd March 2020
‘Concertos and More’ Concert –
Although it seems like no time at all since Year 13 students took to the stage in their first concert as fresh-faced Year 7 pupils, the opportunity came again on Tuesday evening to celebrate the amazing individual talents of some of our senior musicians.
In the first of two concerts this term which will feature Year 13 students as soloists, the programme featured movements from Johann Neruda’s Trumpet Concerto (soloist : Neve Mayes), Ney Rosauro’s Concerto No.1 for Marimba (soloist : Louise Wise), Henryk Wieniawski’s Violin Concerto No.2 in Dminor (soloist : Mia Dedic) Erich Korngold’s Violin Concerto in D (soloist : Jeremy Weinstein) and an arrangement of Arthur Pryor’s ‘Thoughts of Love’ (soloist : Dylan Gunasekera).
Brilliantly accompanied by their fellow students in Senior Strings, Symphony Orchestra and Concert Band, the musicianship and level of virtuosic ability of all the soloists was stunning, and it was wonderful to see them performing in front of an audience filled with parents, families and friends.
The programme also featured a premiere performance by Senior Strings of Expanse composed by Stuart Hancock, who we were delighted was present in the audience to hear his piece being played.
Concert Band and Symphony Orchestra dazzled in their own ensemble pieces, El Capitan March, Gaelforce and Le Carnival Romain Overture, while Close Harmony Group showed exceptional polish and beautiful vocal blend in their performances of ‘Til There Was You’ and ‘Can You Feel The Love Tonight’.
Congratulations to all the soloists who performed with such confidence and flair, and to their ensemble conductors, Ms Bamber, Mr Kelly, Ms Makepeace-Lot Mr Widden, who tirelessly encourage and support our young musicians.
- 14th February 2020
Spring Half Term – Newsletter now available
Many thanks to our Parent Volunteer Newsletter Editor, Lynn Bath, for pulling together all the articles which reflect another amazing half term at Owen’s! Please see our School Newsletters page!
Wishing you all a restful half term break!
- 27th January 2020
‘Inside Out’ Day – Thursday 6th February 2020
As part of Children’s Mental Health Awareness next week we are going to support ‘Inside Out’ day on Thursday 6th February. The purpose of this day is to remind us to stop and think about how others are feeling and that we should always be kind as we don’t know how other people feel on the inside.
Students are allowed to bring in a jumper of their choice, which they are allowed to wear all day as long as it is inside out. All other school uniform rules apply.
During this week students will look at ways to support their own and each other’s positive mental health during form time.
Tickets go on sale for Chamber Concert!
You are warmly invited to attend our first musical concert of 2020 involving both Junior and Senior students in various ensembles!
Please see Events for booking details.
DAOS hosts Careers Fair!
We are delighted to announce that our second Careers Fair is going ahead on Wednesday 5th February from 12.30-3.30pm when nearly 30 employers and education providers will be in school to talk to our students in Years 9-13.
A letter has been emailed to parents and students will have a preparation session in form time about what to expect at the Fair. A report on the event will be in our next Newsletter published during February 2020.
- 20th January 2020
Year 11 History Students visit the East End!
7 registered guides took 150 students around various sites relevant to the history of the East End which included material on poverty, policing and the notorious crimes of Jack the Ripper. Although a very chilly day for a two hour walk (thankfully though we just dodged a downpour!), the students reacted superbly to the guides with precise and searching questioning which was much appreciated. The guides certainly brought the atmosphere of late Victorian London to life and gave students a real sense of the dark and sometimes treacherous underbelly of the capital.