Dear students and parents,
IMPORTANT SUMMER CONCERT INFORMATION
Our Summer Concerts will take place on Sunday 26th June at Stafford Gatehouse Theatre. There will be two performances at 2pm & 4.30pm and most students will only perform in one of these shows.
This year, the students will have the opportunity to play as part of a ‘live’ band (complete with a drummer!), which is an important part of playing an instrument and a great deal of fun!
Most students will play in their class groups with teachers on stage to help and conduct. Each concert should last about 1hr 30mins each and we will have a variety of musical styles, with singers, guitarists, keyboardists and pianists combined to perform ensemble pieces including ‘Eye of the Tiger’, ‘One Day Like This’, ‘Kashmir’ and even some Justin Beiber!
Tickets go on sale from Monday 9th May and will be priced at £8 adults, £4 Concessions (Senior Citizen/Under 16) plus a booking fee of 50p per ticket. Tickets can ONLY be purchased directly from the venue at the Box office or via the website www.staffordgatehousetheatre.co.uk.
All performers will be seated in the theatre in a designated section throughout the concerts and will not need to purchase a ticket. Performers under the age of 7 will be seated with parents throughout the concert and you will need to ask for a ‘performers free ticket’ at time of booking. Members of staff will escort students from the audience to the backstage area in preparation for their performance. The Gatehouse requires that a parent or legal guardian is present at the venue for any child under 16 who is performing.
As there are ‘Live band’ performances this year, there will be rehearsals for the students to attend prior to and on the day of the concert. Rehearsals will take place at the Music School on Sunday 15th May and Sunday 12th June. There will be allocated times for each performance. On the day of the concerts, there will be short rehearsals between 10.15am – 1.30pm at the Gatehouse Theatre, to enable sound checks and to give students the opportunity to play through the songs. It is very important that as many students as possible attend these rehearsals, so that they feel comfortable with the venue and we can ensure the best sound quality.
If there are any parents who would like to help out either during the concert as an usher, or on the Sunday morning to help us move equipment to the theatre, please let us know.
As in previous years, we will film both concerts and produce a DVD of which you may reserve at reception. If you do not wish your child to be filmed, please let us know. We ask that there is no flash photography while the students are playing as it can disturb the performance.
Important information regarding the concert will be posted on Facebook (search for Stafford Music School) and Twitter (@musicstafford), as well as our website www.staffordmusicschool.co.uk. So please keep an eye on these pages to keep up to date.
We hope you are looking forward to the concerts as much as we are and if you have any queries at all, please let us know.