Bolton School Senior Boys

Music-Making in the Community

It has been a busy term for Bolton School musicians, taking part in a number of excellent community music activities. 

On the evening of Thursday 16 June, the Joint Jazz Band, directed by Miss Fiona Berry, played at an Art Exhibition at Bolton University. This is the second corporate event that they have played at recently having performed at the launch of the 'Cottonworks' development in Bolton earlier this year. They were very well received and they played classics such as 'Birdland', 'Moondance' and 'Chips and Salza' (featuring a solo by Heather Parke).   

On Thursday 16 June the Joint Junior Concert Band travelled to St Paul's Primary School in Hoddlesden to give a superb concert under the direction of Mr Ian Dawkins. The band played popular items such as 'The Simpsons' theme tune, Pirates of the Carribean', Supercalifragilistic, and 'My Favourite Things'.  There were also some excellent solos played by Myles Blackwell, George Blackwell, Arun Kumar, Alex Moriarty, Oliver Bond, Thomas Underwood and Hal Cowling which gave the junior school children a chance to focus on specific band instruments. The children of St Paul's thoroughly enjoyed the half hour programme and the teachers were very keen to have the band back again next year. Thanks to Mrs Hampson for her invaluable support on the trip. The band included pupils from the Girls' Division Junior School, Girls' Division Senior School and Boys' Division Senior School. 

On Monday 20 June the Intermediate Guitar Group visited Markland Hill Primary School to give their first ever concert outside of Bolton School. Mr Jon Gjylaci has achieved a very high standard with this group and amongst other pieces they performed his own arrangements of 'Moondance' by Van Morrison and 'Speed of Sound' by Coldplay. Many genres were explored during the 30 minute concert and as well as the intermediate group there was a classical quintet, a jazz quartet and two excellent solo performances given by Arran Ireland on the classical guitar and Sam Critchlow on the electric guitar. Thanks also to Dr Booth for his solid performance skills. A warm reception was given to all the boys (Year 8-10) and they were asked to return next term!!  

On Wednesday 22 June the Year 9 Percussion Ensemble, who could now be described as veterans, gave their third concert this year at Chorley New Road Primary School, having already entertained the pupils of Clarendon Primary School and Brownlow Fold Primary School earlier in the school year. Mr Ian Forgrieve and the ensemble held the attention of the children from start to finish and had them participating with a selection of percussion instruments. They performed some of Mr Forgrieve's own compositions which included exciting (and loud!!) samba pieces. There were also some wonderful solos played on the Glockenspiel and Xylophone by Henry Cahill, Zak Harrison-Twist, Sam Harrison and Thomas Chia. An arrangement of popular tunes played on boomwackers was another highlight of this event. Once again, teachers, children, dinner ladies and office staff requested a return visit in the near future.

Jeremy Bleasdale
Head of Community Music
Bolton School Boys' Division


Chorley New Road Primary School

The Year 9 Percussion Ensemble have fun with children from Chorley New Road Primary School