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Music and Drama : Extra-Curricular Activities

Students of varying abilities and disciplines (acting, dance and music) are given a range of chances to perform at JCG. For college productions, rehearsals are extensive and some weekends are included as well as after school practice time. The productions at JCG are highly professional and extremely popular.

Musical Theatre

Musicals have been staged very successfully at the College during recent years. The last production of the JCG Youth Music Theatre was The Sound of Music in December 2017 and before that, in December 2016, we staged Return to the Forbidden Planet. Other productions include classics such as Thoroughly Modern Millie in 2013, Sweet Charity in 2010 and Les Misérables In 2007. All music for these productions is live and a full student orchestra accompanies the actors. The orchestra for such performances is generally invited to play by Music Department staff and invitation is based on experience and skill. Our next musical will take place in December 2019 so watch this space!

Theatre

The JCG Youth Theatre produces plays as well as musicals. Our last performance of a play was Daisy Pulls it Off by Denise Deegan in 2015 and other past productions have included Grimm Tales by Carol Ann Duffy and Tim Supple, The Good Person of Szechwan by Bertolt Brecht and Macbeth by William Shakespeare. We have also entered national festivals and competitions in recent years. In 2015 we staged The Accordion Shop by Cush Jumbo for National Theatre Connections and staged the play at the Bristol Old Vic as well as our home venue. Prior to that, in 2012 we produced A Midsummer Night’s Dream by William Shakespeare for the Shakespeare Schools’ Festival, performing the piece at JCG, the Jersey Art Centre and also for the Jersey Eisteddfod where the company won a platinum certificate and the trophy for their class. The next performance of the JCG Youth Theatre will be from Wednesday 5th to Friday 7th December 2018. We will be performing an adaptation of Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol with a cast of up to 30 students. The play is written by Neil Bartlett and will be a perfect way to launch ourselves into the Christmas season. Auditions will be taking place in early September and the intention is to offer parts to the five best performers in every year from Year 8 and above. Performers will be expected to act, move and sing, so if you are an all-rounder please think about coming along.

JCG Tech Club

The JCG Tech Club is an extra-curricular activity that runs during the production period. Students from Year 9 to 13 are given the opportunity to build and design sets, hang and operate lighting, operate sound equipment, stage manage productions and run scene change teams during performance. An expert staff team supervises all work but they hand over to the tech crew during performances so that students run the shows and gain some ownership of them as a result. The club engenders a huge amount of team work and students who are involved gain many skills, particularly initiative.

Junior Drama Club

Junior Drama Club runs weekly when productions are not in the making. Drama teachers supervise the club. The emphasis of this activity is fun and students are encouraged to join if they want to perform work in addition to the Drama curriculum. The club will start in January 2019 and Mrs Stone and Miss Stirk encourage older members of the Drama Club to act as student leaders, taking responsibility for small group warm ups and group tasks. The aim is to encourage students to feel responsible for one another and to share their experience with younger students. It is also a chance for students to unleash their inner Drama Queen!

Music Activities

The Music Department’s ethos is to be as inclusive as possible; we try to have an activity on offer for every student at some point during the academic year.

During the Autumn Term a number of our instrumental ensembles will perform in the Jersey Eisteddfod. Our Chamber Choir and JCGLee also prepare for our annual Remembrance Assembly and Christmas Carol Service.

Throughout the year we offer a range of activities on a weekly basis:

Choirs

Chamber Choir An auditioned choir for Years 8-13
JCGlee A fun choir open to all enthusiastic singers in Years 7 and 8

Instrumental Ensembles

Senior Concert Band: For players of Grade 5 and above
Junior Orchestra: For all instrumentalists in Key Stage 3
Wind Quintet: For advanced wind players
Guitar Club: For all guitar players
Saxtet/Big Band: For advanced wind players
Bold as Brass: For all brass players

Composition Clinic   We offer support with GCSE and A level composing to all of our students before school and at lunchtime, by arrangement. House Music Music Staff offer support, guidance and encouragement to House Captains and Senior Musicians in preparation for the annual House Music Competition. Classes include Senior and Junior Instrumental and Vocal Solo, Original Composition, House Ensemble and whole House Choir. Polyphony Our in-house provision of instrumental, vocal and theory lessons continues to grow and compliments tuition offered by the Jersey Music Service.  Our experienced team of Polyphony tutors offer tuition to students in voice, piano, guitar, brass, clarinet, saxophone, flute, oboe, strings, orchestral percussion, and music theory.  Further details and application forms are available from the Music Office or can be downloaded here.