What would school be like without music?
The BGS Girls' Senior School held a Music Assembly on Thursday morning. Lucy Jackson (Music Captain) and Charlotte Carter (Vice Music Captain), who are both in Upper Sixth, read out the following passage in the Assembly:
'What would school be like without music?
Firstly, we wouldn't be able to have listened to Lauren Chadwick playing so nicely on the way into assembly this morning. We would have had to walk in silence.
We wouldn't have been able to watch the amazing cast of Little Shop of Horrors as they told us the story of a ravenous man-eating plant last term.
And where would we be without that Wednesday morning classic ‘shine Jesus shine’, once voted the School's favourite hymn back when I was in year 8.
Music is all around us; and no matter what level we choose to participate in it too, there is no denying that it can be and is enjoyed by all.
Throughout history, music has always been essential for uniting people. This originated as tribal chants before going off to hunt or into battle, something that translates through to today but in the less brutal form of a crowd at a football match. These Anthems provide a unified sense of belonging. A common ground that allows people from all different backgrounds to come together and share in an experience.
Here in Manchester, we know all too well how a song can unite people in times of solidarity. It allows us to share emotions and mark poignant moments in history without even needing to speak.
In School, our School Song provides a similar output, giving us all a joint sense of pride and celebration. The current version was hand-written and composed by a pupil at this school in 1957, Elizabeth Shuttleworth. Her musical expression of community has become such an important part of our school; and is something that will become part of our own history as we move on in life.
Another way in which music unites us as a school is through the annual house music competition. Who can forget those endless renditions of Mariah Carey as we unite as houses to battle it out. Without it, I'm sure you'd all agree, it'd be a pretty dull and quiet Christmas!
This highlights another key role of music in School. Fun and enjoyment. I know I’d struggle to find anyone who didn't find some kind of enjoyment in raiding the samba instrument boxes in year nine music lessons, and dancing around like you are on a beach in Brazil.
The many concerts throughout the year that showcase orchestra, choir, string group… I could go on… never fail to make audiences smile as they enjoy watching what we have been able to achieve.
These concerts (of which we are already three and counting this year!) require a lot of time and practice to put together, and would be near unachievable without the work of the music staff (to whom we are very grateful). But also the hard work and commitment of dozens of girls that give up lunchtimes, after school and even their weekends.
Just like in sport, many of these girls are also committed to music outside of school, performing or competing within Bury, the region and beyond. It is important that these contributions are recognised and celebrated, and now is our opportunity to do that through the presentation of our music awards.'