Music Results – 2017

Well done to all of our students for achieving some fantastic results!

Congratulations to Rowan Cothliff, Madison Doody, Caitlin Grindrod, Alex Healey and Harry Simpson for achieving a Grade A in their GCSE Music. A special well done to James Turner for being awarded the highest mark and achieving an A* Grade.

Well done to our Year 13 A-Level students, Abigail Walton and Lucy Stokes, who have both gone onto study Music at University.

Congratulations also to our Music Technologists. We had a 100% pass rate across both groups, and a special well done to Imogen Wheal for achieving a Distinction Grade.


Band in final of two music competitions

A student band is a finalist in two prestigious competitions and has already lined up a gig.

Thursday’s Child is made up of 15-year-old Year 10 students from Haslingden High School Lewis Fielding, India Flavell, Kayleigh Mableson and Joe Charles.

Head of Expressive Arts at the Broadway school Kevin Gibbs suggested they become a quartet after hearing India and Kayleigh singing harmonies at Christmas.

Joe has been a drummer for a long time and plays the cajon in the group; a box shaped percussion instrument, while Lewis plays guitar. Kayleigh is a vocalist while India provides the harmonies and also plays percussion.
A recording of the group singing and playing an acoustic cover of Amy Winehouse’s Valerie has already had over 1000 views on YouTube. When the group entered Sing Bolton Sing, a competition in partnership with Bolton FM and the Bolton News, and in the Student Union Bar heat they sailed through to the final in May.

At Rochdale Festival of Performing Arts the group entered the rock and pop category and their performance earned them a mark of 91 per cent, way ahead of the nearest group and again a place in the final in May. Joe said: “Mr Gibbs came up with the idea of putting us together and it seems to have worked.”
Other songs on their play list include Sweet Child of Mine, Jolene and Oops I Did it Again.

They have already been booked to play at The Woolpack in Haslingden on Friday April 7 and at Edenfield Fete in June.

Thursday’s Child will also be playing at the Blackburn and Bolton Teenage Markets.

India said: “My older sister Lydia came up with the name because Thursday’s Child has far to go. She is studying broadcast journalism at Nottingham Trent University.”

Kayleigh said: “I wouldn’t go on a TV talent show like Britain’s Got Talent because it is fixed.”

India added: “We don’t want to be judged, we want to have fun so going on a show like that would not be any good.”




Head of Expressive Arts becomes an Ironman

A musician took up the challenge when he was presented with an invitation to take part in an Ironman competition.

Kevin Gibbs, who is Head of Expressive Arts at Haslingden High School is no stranger to the brass band world having played for Black Dyke and Brighouse and Rastrick, and he even played with the Stocksbridge Band in the hit film ‘The Full Monty’.

His latest challenge saw him taking up a new hobby and he finished the Bolton Ironman in 14-and-a-half hours, well within the 17 hour time limit.

The father-of-two said: “I live in Bolton and for the last six years I have gone to watch the Ironman.

“My wife Sarah bought me entry to the competition for my 40th birthday in January and I have been in training ever since, before school and after school.

“I have been getting up at 6am and swimming a couple of miles, including open water swimming in Pennington Flash Country Park in Leigh, which is where the swimming part of the Ironman was held.

“I have also been running a half marathon every Saturday morning.”

The challenge involved swimming 2.4 miles in open water, followed by a 112 mile bike ride and finishing off with a marathon.

And like all ironmen, he has completed the second part of the challenge and now has the logo tattooed onto his leg.

Mr Gibbs has also been bitten by the bug and has already completed the Tour de Bolton 60 mile cycle race, conquered Mount Snowden, ran the Bolton half marathon and has a further half marathon planned next month.

He said: “It has given me so much confidence and I feel I can tackle anything. The students have been really impressed.”

Students blow their own trumpets at Nursery School

NURSERY children got the chance to play a brass instrument when three former pupils returned to school to give a mini concert. James and Harry Turner along with Seren Dwyfor-Jones spent a day of their summer holidays at Bacup Nursery School. Along with Seren’s mum Tina, who is also Chair of Governors, they arrived at the Cowtoot Lane school in their Scout uniforms because they are all members of 2nd Rossendale Scout Group Band, based in Bacup.

Haslingden High School pupil James, 15, said; “We showed the children our brass instruments and let them hear what they sounded like.

“We played a duet and then we all played a Hymn together and then let the children have a go at trying to get a note out of the instruments. “It feels a lot smaller in nursery than I remember. I really enjoyed playing outside here.”

James and Harry, 13, played cornets while Seren, 12, played horn and Tina played baritone and also brought along a huge tuba.

After the mini-concert, several pupils were successful in getting a sound out of the instruments and the drum proved popular. Olivia Knapper, four, said: “It was fun and I got to play one of the instruments. “My brothers play instruments, one plays a horn and the other a trombone, but my brothers do not let me play their instruments. “It made a noise when I blew it. I am going to join band and maybe go to Rainbows or Scouts.”

Headteacher Andrea Cooper said she was delighted to welcome former pupils back into school to share their talents. She said: “We have had former pupils who are now at Whitworth Community High School back in and who are now fire cadets, we get former pupils on work experience and placement from college and it is really nice to see them. “Brass instruments are something most of the pupils have never seen before and never had the chance to play. “It is about giving the children different experiences. It was also good that the former pupils and Tina lead the session and not staff. They did a really good job.”


National concert for musicians from Haslingden High School

SCHOOL musicians have two reasons to celebrate after they won a trophy for the most outstanding wind band and were picked for a national celebration.

Haslingden High School’s wind band had a year out from entering competitions, but that 12 months made no difference to their standard of performance.

At Rochdale Festival of Performing Arts the wind band won the De Courcy Trophy as the most outstanding Wind Band.

They were also invited to play at the celebration concert where the young musicians opened the concert with three pieces – Metrix, Cyclone and African Beat.
There was double cause for celebration when they discovered they had also qualified from the regional Music For Youth heat and had been invited as one of the leading school wind bands in the country to perform at the National Festival.

This will be held at the Symphony Hall in Birmingham on July 7.

Head of Performing Arts Kevin Gibbs said: “We are all very proud of our achievements so far and excited about performing at the national festival.
“I would like to congratulate the students on the dedication and hard work they
always put in, despite the pressures they face with exams at this time; their performances have been exceptional.”

For several students in Years 13 and 11 it will be the last time they perform with the school wind band when they go to Birmingham.

One such student is Philip Taylor, 17, who plays tuba and will be taking a gap year to raise money after this summer’s A levels. He then has a place studying music at Huddersfield University and wants a career in music composition.

He said: “It was a bit of a surprise considering we have taken a year out, but we are all really proud of ourselves and the encouragement we have had from Mr Gibbs and all the teachers.

“We took a year out but we came back just as strong as before, if not better.

“We all have self-motivation to practise and get it done. The festival in July will be pretty poignant for many of us in Year 13 and Year 11 as it will be the last time we play together as a band.”

Philip plays piano, but Mr Gibbs persuaded him to try the tuba when he formed the wind band.

He will now be forming a band to raise funds to help with university costs during his gap year.

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Caring Lauren plans fundraiser for charity

Clarinet player Lauren Smithson is arranging a special concert and a skydive to raise money for the Alzheimer’s Society.

Lauren, 16, is currently completing her GCSEs at Haslingden High School and the concert she is arranging will be after she finishes her last exam.

She also has very personal reasons for raising money for the charity as it affected her late great-grandfather and her other great-grandmother is living with Alzheimer’s.

A Great British Tea Party will star Rossendale Valley Sounds, where Lauren plays clarinet, her sister Abbie, 13, plays flute and her dad David plays trumpet.

She said: “I have been playing since Year 3 at Broadway. I wanted to do a bit of fundraising as the Alzheimer’s Society has helped my family.

“I came up with the idea of having a concert because Rossendale Valley Sounds do quite a lot of fundraising and I will also be doing a tandem skydive in October.”

Lauren’s great grandThe concert will be on Saturday June 25, 2.30pm at St Veronica’s RC Church Hall, Helmshore, where the band rehearses. Admission is £5 including tea, scone and entertainment.

Lauren’s great-grandfather Roland Feltham suffered from vascular dementia, which left him paralysed and unable to communicate. He passed away two years ago.

Her great-grandmother Daphne Smith was first diagnosed with Alzheimer’s in 2004, but had showed signs of the condition back in 1998.

Lauren’s mother Paula said: “The Alzheimer’s Society provided much needed support to her great-grandfather Harry, which enabled them to live at home for a number of years following my grandmother’s diagnosis.

“Having witnessed these conditions in much loved relatives, Lauren wanted to do something that would help.

“She decided that she would like to mark her last year at school by fundraising for the Alzheimer’s Society.”

Local businesses have generously donated towards a raffle to be held on the day.


Musicians bid for place in national celebration

MUSICIANS from Haslingden High School are hoping to secure a place in a national celebration of music.

The school’s Wind Band competed in two competitions at Rochdale Town Hall.

The first was Rochdale Youth Festival of Performing Arts where the band scored 98 out of 100 and won the wind group trophy and then they played at the Music for Youth Regional Festival.

At both they played Metrix, a mathematical-themed piece, Cyclone, which is about a storm, and African Beat, which has catchy, rhythmic percussion beats.

Adjudicator at Rochdale Youth Festival Barry Russell described the timing in Metrix as ‘excellent,’ said the chorusing in Cyclone was ‘glorious’ and added they ‘maintained near professional musical standards’ in African Beat.

Head of Expressive Arts Kevin Gibbs said: “We are now waiting to see if we have got a place in the Music for Youth National Festival celebration, which is held at Birmingham Symphony Hall in July.

“There were lots of schools from all over the North West in the competition, from Liverpool, Yorkshire and all over the North West.

“We have 45 members in the band from Year 7 to Year 13 and baritone saxophonist Jessica Streek also got a special mention from the judges.”

Jessica, 18, will start Salford University in September studying theatre and performance, but she is hoping to continue playing as the university has a saxophone ensemble.

Ella Hall, 12, has been playing the flute since she was in Year 3 at Stubbins Primary School.

“I picked to come to Haslingden High School because of the music,” she said. “I like the way the different instruments combine together in the band.”

Tianna Copeland, 15, has played three different instruments since she joined the band in Year 7 and now plays tuba.

“I like playing in the band because it is something different and it is something you can say that you do that most other people don’t,” she said.

They are now all waiting for the letter to see if they have secured a place in the national final.

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