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Rowing Notice

There will be indoor rowing at the ASRA boathouse from 1045 – 1215 tomorrow. The river is not rowable and George Watson’s and George Heriots will not be coming up for the racing.

Maths Challenge

Senior pupils at Albyn School have been invited to enter the regional final of the UK Mathematics Trust Team Maths Challenge  on Monday 1 March 2010. The event is being held at Aberdeen University.

Good Luck!

August 2010 Entry

Letters regarding entry into Albyn School for August 2010 will be sent out by first class post on Friday 26 February 2010. All replies for offers must be received by 8 March 2010.

Cowdray Hall Performance- Review

Yesterday, Albyn School’s singing ensemble performed at the Cowdray Hall. Mr Alan Cooper has written a fantastic review of the concert which is also available on the Aberdeen City Council’s website. Well done to all who took part.

It is very nearly a year since the last Lunchbreak Concert given by pupils of Albyn School. Last year Laura Jarret was accompanist. She is now in full charge of the choir so her role at the piano has been ably taken over by Craig McDermott. I was once again impressed not just by the superb quality of the choir but by its size. This year it included just a few more boys in its ranks too. One of the boys, Josh McLullich was an impressive soloist in the opening piece, A Canadian Song –Mary Anne. I was immediately struck by the freshness and confidence of the singing and by the brightness and enthusiasm that shone from every face in the choir. The young singers clearly respond well to Mrs Jarret and enjoy singing for her. Not just harmony but quite difficult counterpoint in several of the arrangements such as Swing Low Sweet Chariot or again in the exuberant sequence of Five Sea Songs When the Boat Comes in- proved no difficulty for the choir as they really got down to delivering the hearty spirit of these songs.

Gentler items like Mendelssohn’s Oh for the Wings of a Dove with Arianna Bewick and Sophie Glenn as soloists or Amazing Grace featuring Oliver Kinghorn as soloist were supported by beautifully transparent choral singing as well. Laura Jarret’s expedient of having two singers double the solo part together is a splendid idea. It helps build confidence in the young singers so that they can go by themselves in the future. (I remember not being happy at all when as a boy I had to sing by myself, and funnily enough, neither was the audience back then.)

The Albyn pupils are all probably much too young to remember the Swingle Singers but in The Sailor’s Hornpipe and in Tom Cunningham’s splendid foot-tapping arrangement of Scottish Reels entitled Duke of Perth and other Scottish Reels the choir brought that idea vibrantly back to life. The audience obviously enjoyed these items especially and so it seemed did the choir.

Once again this year we were reminded that music at Albyn is not just limited to singing so we heard a lovely smooth alto saxophone solo from Shonagh Russell and a fine performance of the slow movement from Mozart’s Clarinet Concerto played with considerable sympathy and understanding by Julie Marshall.

Another fine vocal solo, this time from Katy Johnston concluded the concert. This was Defying Gravity by Stephen Schwartz from his musical Wicked the prequel to The Wizard of Oz.

There was a rumour circulating that schools no longer teach “proper” singing these days. This concert certainly dispelled that idea and Laura Jarret is to be congratulated for keeping the flame very much alive at Albyn anyway.

Sports Update

L5-7 Athletics after school will be indoors at 3.15-4.15pm and not at the ASV.

The Cross Country Race at Lathallan on Friday has been cancelled due to underfoot conditions being icy and unsafe.

Pupils To Hit The High Notes At The Cowdray Hall

Pupils at Albyn School will be performing at the Cowdray Hall as part of their ‘Lunchtime Recital Series’, on Wednesday 24 February 2010 at 1pm. Albyn School’s Music department has undergone significant changes in the last 12 months including a stunning refurbishment and plans for a Choir Tour in June 2010.

Mrs Jarret, Director of Music and Drama at Albyn said: “This is set to be one of the most exciting years yet! And on the 18 March there will be the full Music Department Concert at the Music Hall at 7pm. This will feature all choral and orchestral groups including a new smaller vocal group ‘Cantabile’ and Ceilidh Band and Blues Band. “

Rowing Notice Saturday 27 February 2010

There will be training for all boys at the ASRA boathouse from 1045 – 1500 on Saturday 27th February. George Watson’s College and George Heriot’s School are coming up from Edinburgh to do some joint training and friendly racing. This will be good practice for the Scottish Schools’ Head of the River race on the 20th of March. Any boys who cannot attend must let Miss Emery in the P.E department know as soon as possible. In the event of the river still being frozen, there will be an indoor session at the ASRA boathouse from 1045 – 1215.

There is NO training on Sunday 28th February as the river is closed for the University Boat Race.

Burnside Cup Winners

The Burnside Cup was won today by 2 pupils at Albyn School; Samuel Watson of Upper UII and Eilidh Webster UI. Four teams participated in the competition and debated the motion that “This House would Support Sir Ian Wood’s Proposals for Union Terrace Gardens”.

Eilidh and Sam will have the Cup presented to them at the Closing Ceremony in June.

Well done!

Chess Success

At the weekend some of our Lower School pupils played in the Keith Hoban Memorial Chess Tournament in Stonehaven.

There were three competitions:

Open Competition – (Keith Hoban Memorial Trophy) – 2nd place was awarded to Markus Obendrauf
Junior Competition – Rising Stars Trophy – 2nd pace was awarded to Peter Eagles
Novice Competition – (Novice Shield) – 2nd place was awarded to Daniel Depasquale

Mrs Thomson, Head of the Lower School said: “All the children played really well and should be proud of their efforts and results”.

Well done!

Saturday Hockey Fixtures- CANCELLED

All hockey matches for Saturday 20 February 2010 at home and away are cancelled due to the adverse weather conditions.

Rowing Notice

Friday, February 26th, 2010

There will be indoor rowing at the ASRA boathouse from 1045 – 1215 tomorrow. The river is not rowable and George Watson’s and George Heriots will not be coming up for the racing.

Maths Challenge

Thursday, February 25th, 2010

Senior pupils at Albyn School have been invited to enter the regional final of the UK Mathematics Trust Team Maths Challenge  on Monday 1 March 2010. The event is being held at Aberdeen University.

Good Luck!

August 2010 Entry

Thursday, February 25th, 2010

Letters regarding entry into Albyn School for August 2010 will be sent out by first class post on Friday 26 February 2010. All replies for offers must be received by 8 March 2010.

Cowdray Hall Performance- Review

Thursday, February 25th, 2010

Yesterday, Albyn School’s singing ensemble performed at the Cowdray Hall. Mr Alan Cooper has written a fantastic review of the concert which is also available on the Aberdeen City Council’s website. Well done to all who took part.

It is very nearly a year since the last Lunchbreak Concert given by pupils of Albyn School. Last year Laura Jarret was accompanist. She is now in full charge of the choir so her role at the piano has been ably taken over by Craig McDermott. I was once again impressed not just by the superb quality of the choir but by its size. This year it included just a few more boys in its ranks too. One of the boys, Josh McLullich was an impressive soloist in the opening piece, A Canadian Song –Mary Anne. I was immediately struck by the freshness and confidence of the singing and by the brightness and enthusiasm that shone from every face in the choir. The young singers clearly respond well to Mrs Jarret and enjoy singing for her. Not just harmony but quite difficult counterpoint in several of the arrangements such as Swing Low Sweet Chariot or again in the exuberant sequence of Five Sea Songs When the Boat Comes in- proved no difficulty for the choir as they really got down to delivering the hearty spirit of these songs.

Gentler items like Mendelssohn’s Oh for the Wings of a Dove with Arianna Bewick and Sophie Glenn as soloists or Amazing Grace featuring Oliver Kinghorn as soloist were supported by beautifully transparent choral singing as well. Laura Jarret’s expedient of having two singers double the solo part together is a splendid idea. It helps build confidence in the young singers so that they can go by themselves in the future. (I remember not being happy at all when as a boy I had to sing by myself, and funnily enough, neither was the audience back then.)

The Albyn pupils are all probably much too young to remember the Swingle Singers but in The Sailor’s Hornpipe and in Tom Cunningham’s splendid foot-tapping arrangement of Scottish Reels entitled Duke of Perth and other Scottish Reels the choir brought that idea vibrantly back to life. The audience obviously enjoyed these items especially and so it seemed did the choir.

Once again this year we were reminded that music at Albyn is not just limited to singing so we heard a lovely smooth alto saxophone solo from Shonagh Russell and a fine performance of the slow movement from Mozart’s Clarinet Concerto played with considerable sympathy and understanding by Julie Marshall.

Another fine vocal solo, this time from Katy Johnston concluded the concert. This was Defying Gravity by Stephen Schwartz from his musical Wicked the prequel to The Wizard of Oz.

There was a rumour circulating that schools no longer teach “proper” singing these days. This concert certainly dispelled that idea and Laura Jarret is to be congratulated for keeping the flame very much alive at Albyn anyway.

Sports Update

Wednesday, February 24th, 2010

L5-7 Athletics after school will be indoors at 3.15-4.15pm and not at the ASV.

The Cross Country Race at Lathallan on Friday has been cancelled due to underfoot conditions being icy and unsafe.

Pupils To Hit The High Notes At The Cowdray Hall

Tuesday, February 23rd, 2010

Pupils at Albyn School will be performing at the Cowdray Hall as part of their ‘Lunchtime Recital Series’, on Wednesday 24 February 2010 at 1pm. Albyn School’s Music department has undergone significant changes in the last 12 months including a stunning refurbishment and plans for a Choir Tour in June 2010.

Mrs Jarret, Director of Music and Drama at Albyn said: “This is set to be one of the most exciting years yet! And on the 18 March there will be the full Music Department Concert at the Music Hall at 7pm. This will feature all choral and orchestral groups including a new smaller vocal group ‘Cantabile’ and Ceilidh Band and Blues Band. “

Rowing Notice Saturday 27 February 2010

Monday, February 22nd, 2010

There will be training for all boys at the ASRA boathouse from 1045 – 1500 on Saturday 27th February. George Watson’s College and George Heriot’s School are coming up from Edinburgh to do some joint training and friendly racing. This will be good practice for the Scottish Schools’ Head of the River race on the 20th of March. Any boys who cannot attend must let Miss Emery in the P.E department know as soon as possible. In the event of the river still being frozen, there will be an indoor session at the ASRA boathouse from 1045 – 1215.

There is NO training on Sunday 28th February as the river is closed for the University Boat Race.

Burnside Cup Winners

Monday, February 22nd, 2010

The Burnside Cup was won today by 2 pupils at Albyn School; Samuel Watson of Upper UII and Eilidh Webster UI. Four teams participated in the competition and debated the motion that “This House would Support Sir Ian Wood’s Proposals for Union Terrace Gardens”.

Eilidh and Sam will have the Cup presented to them at the Closing Ceremony in June.

Well done!

Chess Success

Monday, February 22nd, 2010

At the weekend some of our Lower School pupils played in the Keith Hoban Memorial Chess Tournament in Stonehaven.

There were three competitions:

Open Competition – (Keith Hoban Memorial Trophy) – 2nd place was awarded to Markus Obendrauf
Junior Competition – Rising Stars Trophy – 2nd pace was awarded to Peter Eagles
Novice Competition – (Novice Shield) – 2nd place was awarded to Daniel Depasquale

Mrs Thomson, Head of the Lower School said: “All the children played really well and should be proud of their efforts and results”.

Well done!

Saturday Hockey Fixtures- CANCELLED

Friday, February 19th, 2010

All hockey matches for Saturday 20 February 2010 at home and away are cancelled due to the adverse weather conditions.

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