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Stockport Grammar School in Concert


11 July 2022

7.30pm

Free to attend

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Under the musical direction of Mr Michael Dow, the talented youth musicians and singers from Stockport Grammar School (a co-education independent day school for 3 – 18-year-old pupils, based in Greater Manchester) will be coming to perform at St. Paul’s Covent Garden on Monday 11th July 2022, in what is sure to be an exquisite evening of music, featuring their Chorus, Chamber Choirs, Orchestra, Wind Orchestra, String Orchestra and advanced soloists. 

The programme will feature a diverse and entertaining selection of music including Jazz Missa Brevis (Todd), Euphonium Concerto (1st mvt) (Horovits), Fair Phyllis (Farmer), Jurassic Park medley (John Williams), Libertango (Piazzolla arr. Griffiths), Hark all ye lovely saints above (Weelkes), It Don’t Mean A Thing (Ellington) and more! 

Over 20 concerts take place each academic year to provide numerous performing opportunities in Manchester’s prestigious venues such as the Royal Northern College of Music and the Chamber Choir has been frequently used as the visiting choir on BBC Radio4’s Daily Service programme. All first-year pupils at Stockport Grammar School learn to play a mainstream orchestral instrument. 

Several hundred pupils participate in choirs, bands and orchestras or receive individual music tuition. In recent years SGS Chorus has performed large-scale works such as Mozart’s Mass in C Minor, Vivaldi’s Gloria, Haydn’s Nelson Mass, Orff’s Carmina Burana, Handel’s Messiah and Todd’s Jazz Missa Brevis. Recent orchestral highlights have included Tartini’s Concertino for Clarinet, Sibelius ‘Kol Nidri’ for ‘cello, Shostakovich’s Piano Concerto No. 2, Albinoni Oboe Concerto in D minor, Bottesini Double Bass Concerto in B minor and Bruch Violin Concerto, all with Sixth Form soloists from within the school. The school has had several members in the Hallé Youth Orchestra, National Children’s Orchestra, National Youth Orchestra, as well as in the Hallé Youth Choir, National Youth Choir and National Children's Choir. The school regularly undertakes European music tours and has performed at venues including Salzburg Cathedral, St Mark’s Cathedral in Venice and Bruges Cathedral in recent years.

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Please note there are no public toilets on site, the closet are located just outside the church on the Piazza.

Please note there is no set seating or this event. We are operating some COVID measures within the church.

- We ask that you wear a mask whilst in the building. 

- We have provided a number of sanitiser stations.

Stockport Grammar School

Orchestra and Chamber Choir

Stockport Grammar School is a co-educational independent day school for 3 – 18 year olds. It is situated about 8 miles south of Manchester. The school has an excellent reputation in the area and over a third of its pupils learn a musical instrument.

The main performing groups are Chorus, Chamber Choir, Vox, Boys’ Vocal Group, Junior Chamber Choir, Wind Orchestra, Concert Band, Big Band, Senior and Junior Jazz Band, Brass Ensemble, First Orchestra, Second Orchestra, String Orchestra, Senior, Intermediate and Junior Percussion Ensemble, Junior Strings, Junior Woodwind, Junior Brass and Guitar Ensemble, each of which has an intensive weekly practice.  There are also a number of Chamber Music ensembles that rehearse each week. Over 20 concerts take place each academic year to provide numerous performing opportunities in Manchester’s prestigious venues such as the RNCM.  Our Chamber Choir has been frequently used as the visiting choir on BBC Radio4’s Daily Service programme. There are over a hundred recordings that have been made in recent years and that are posted on the school’s YouTube Music page. There is also an extensive programme of solo recitals, including guest recitals from distinguished visiting performers, as well as opportunities for chamber-music performance. There is a competitive Music Festival each year judged by a distinguished visiting adjudicator and a tradition of music and drama collaborations with the English Department including the outstanding recent productions of Oliver,  Godspell, Annie and Chicago. All first-year pupils at Stockport Grammar School learn to play a mainstream orchestral instrument. Several hundred pupils participate in choirs, bands and orchestras or receive individual music tuition.

In recent years SGS Chorus has performed large-scale works such as Mozart’s Mass in C Minor, Vivaldi’s Gloria, Haydn’s Nelson Mass, Orff’s Carmina Burana, Handel’s Messiah and Todd’s Jazz Missa Brevis. Recent orchestral highlights have included Tartini’s Concertino for Clarinet, Sibelius ‘Kol Nidri’ for ‘cello, Shostakovich’s Piano Concerto No. 2, Albinoni Oboe Concerto in D minor, Bottesini Double Bass Concerto in B minor and Bruch Violin Concerto, all with Sixth Form soloists from within the school.

The school has had several members in the Hallé Youth Orchestra, National Children’s Orchestra, National Youth Orchestra, as well as in the Hallé Youth Choir, National Youth Choir and National Children's Choir. In most years one or two leavers will go on to take a music degree – in the recent past we have had several ex-pupils at Oxford and Cambridge, Birmingham, York, Nottingham, Sheffield, York and the Royal Northern College of Music (RNCM) and Royal Academy of Music (RAM).  A number of pupils also study at the Junior RNCM on Saturday mornings.

This will be our tenth music tour in recent years. In 2009 we visited Belgium and performed in the cathedrals of Ghent, Bruges and Brussels and in July 2010, 2012 and 2014 we went to the Lake District in the UK, performing at the Coniston Water Festival and the Theatre by the Lake in Keswick. 2011 saw a tour to the wonderful region of Salzburg in Austria, including a performance in Salzburg Cathedral, and in 2013 we visited the region of Barcelona in Spain. Summer 2015 saw us take a tour to Lake Garda and included a performance in St. Mark’s Cathedral, Venice.  The Rheinland in Germany was the destination for our tour in Summer 2017 and included a couple of festival appearances and the choir singing in Cologne Cathedral. In Summer 2019 we performed in Holland, Belgium and Germany in venues including Bruges cathedral.

Michael Dow

Director of Music

Michael read music at Christ’s College, Cambridge. He held a choral scholarship during this time, regularly appearing as a bass soloist. He was Principal Conductor of the Cambridge University Symphony Orchestra for three years and also Musical Director for several Cambridge University shows. He was then appointed as Assistant Director of Music at Caterham School, Surrey before going on to teach at Chetham’s School of Music, where he taught Academic Music and directed some of the school choirs. Since his appointment as Director of Music at Stockport Grammar School from September 2005 he has conducted numerous large-scale choral and orchestral works, and directed a number of live broadcasts on the BBC Radio 4 Daily Service programme with the school chamber choir. He has also directed the music for several school shows.

Outside school he has pursued his interest in conducting through annual appearances with Northern Baroque Orchestra since June 2004. He has directed concerts with Stockport Symphony Orchestra on a number of occasions and conducted concerts with a number of the other choirs and orchestras from across the Greater Manchester area. Michael was Musical Director of Marple Choral Society between 2007 and 2013. He now directs the choir of St. Mary’s Bowdon, one of the leading church choirs in the Northwest, where highlights have included annual visits to sing at leading UK cathedrals such as Lincoln, Wells, Chichester and Canterbury. He has also sung on numerous occasions as a bass for the BBC Daily Service Singers.

Stockport Grammar School in Concert

11 July 2022

7.30pm

Free to attend

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