HAST Music Day - 13 January


120 students from all the HAST lower and middle schools attended a Music Day at Harlington Upper School on 13 January.

Those who play a musical instrument partook in an extended jazz workshop, led by Mr Jones, HUS woodwind teacher and conductor of the Jazz Band and School Orchestra with the help of Harlington Jazz Band students; it was lovely to see how well the upper school students embraced the opportunity to support the younger ones. During the concert a number of students performed some solo improvisations – an amazing experience for them.

The remaining students divided their time between percussion and singing workshops. These were led or supported by Mr Jeffs (percussion teacher) and Mrs Thomas (singing teacher). Aiden Waite, a Year 13 student, led the percussionists and again was supported by members of the Harlington Upper music groups, and Lewis Reece-Jones, an ex-student who is now studying Musical Theatre, returned to support the singing workshop.

During lunch, we were entertained by The Jazz Puppies, 6th Form musicians, and this was followed by an informal concert when all the pieces rehearsed were performed to each other. The Harlington Groups also performed a couple of items from recent concerts and we were treated to a solo sung by Lewis.

The Music day was a tremendous experience for all involved and we hope that it will stimulate a new group of musicians to emerge.  HAST would like to thank Mrs Carroll, Head of Music at Harlington Upper School for organising the day and all the musicians at Harlington Upper who supported during the day.