As announced earlier today, due to the planned industrial action taking place on Thursday 8th December, the school will be closed to all pupils. As a result and with great sadness, our Christmas Showcase event which is due to take place on the same day, will be postponed until next term.
The majority of our concert programme can be performed in any season and therefore much of what the pupils have been preparing will be performed on the rescheduled date. Our orchestra have been invited to join with the Inverurie Concert Band for their concert on Sunday 11th December at 3pm in Thainstone Mart. This event is already being supported by Alford Academy Pipe Band and promises to be an excellent afternoon. Orchestra members who would like to play at this concert should let Mr Trueman know on Monday 5th December so that further details can be shared. Tickets for the Thainstone concert can be booked via the Inverurie Concert Band website: https://www.inverurieconcertband.co.uk/
Details of the rescheduled concert will be shared in next term.
After a two-year break from live music, our Performing Arts Christmas Showcase will be held on Thursday 8th December at 7pm in Alford Community Campus Theatre. In recognition of the challenges facing many families this winter, there will be no ticket fee, but should you wish to make a donation to support Performing Arts groups at Alford Academy, this can be made at the door. Seats must be booked in advance via the following link (paste into your browser): tinyurl.com/aacs22. We are delighted to welcome members of Inverurie Concert Band to our event who will be supporting the musicians in our orchestra. The opener of the concert is sure to be a highlight of this year’s event and we would therefore advise a punctual arrival to avoid missing out. The pupils that are taking part will be issued with a consent form this week which should be returned to Mr Trueman no later than Tuesday 6th December. On the evening of the showcase, the members of the pipe band must arrive no later than 6pm and all other participants by 6.30pm. Pupils should report to the Music Department.
We are contingency planning for the possibility of disruption due to industrial action by SSTA members on 8th December. Consequently, if our Christmas Showcase has to be postponed, the rescheduled event will take place in spring 2023.
Remember to book your seats via tinyurl.com/aacs22 (paste into your browser). Row A is identified as “Disability Access” but should you require wheelchair access, please just send a message to the school and we will ensure additional seating is available at floor level. To cancel your ticket order, please login to Eventbrite and use the “cancel order” option. To return single tickets, please use the “contact organiser” option on Eventbrite or contact the school and advise which seat number is to be cancelled. Don’t forget to bring your E-Ticket(s) with you on the night.
We look forward to you joining us as we showcase some of our pupil’s amazing talent.
Congratulations to all our pupils who took part in the 2021 Lathallan Piping and Drumming Solos Contest. This was an online event with pupils submitting videos which were then ranked by a panel of expert judges. There were 104 entries in total and the results were announced on St Andrews Day. Congratulations in particular to Sarah and Jack (below) who won in their categories.
Sec 3 – 16 & Under 4 part March
Sec 4 – 18 & Under MSR
Sec 10 – 13 & Under Novice Bagpipes
Sec 12 – 16 & Under Slow Air / March
Sec 13 – 18 & Under MSR
Inverurie Music Award Scheme Continues to Support Our Young Musicians
Alford Academy pupils once again have an opportunity to submit a request for financial support from the Inverurie Music Award Scheme. Since its launch in 2019, a number of our pupils have received a financial award to assist with the cost of purchasing a musical instrument, sheet music, lessons, travel to workshops, etc. Full details about the scheme and the eligibility requirements can be found here. Although the application deadline is 12th November, these have to be approved by Mr Trueman. Please therefore have completed application forms submitted to him no later than Friday 5th November (remember, remember….).
Alford Network Pipe Band Drummers Complete the Backstick Challenge
CALLING ALL ENGINEERS – The Performance Arts Faculty needs your help in designing/making a revolving stage for our Higher Drama Performance Exam! We have initial design ideas, but we are still trying to figure out a pulley mechanism that would allow the stage to revolve and be operated by a single pupil from offstage. Ideally it should be able to hold 4/5 pupils at a time and be able to start/stop safely when in use. If you would like to help with this ambitious project, please get in touch with Miss Murray via email: email@example.com
Alford Academy Pipe Band bring Inverurie to a Standstill
Thanks and well done to the members of the school pipe band who firstly played for the official opening of the newly refurbished Alford COOP on Friday morning. This afternoon the band piped Santa Claus through the streets of Inverurie alongside Inverurie Pipe Band before playing in front of the Town Hall for the annual lights switch on and a huge crowd of supportive onlookers. Well done to all the pupils who were involved (with a special mention for Finlay Sewell in S1) and thanks to the parents that helped out and of course Ian Dallas and Scott Niven.
Over the past three years, the Performing Arts Faculty has partnered with Inverurie Music Society which has brought many benefits to our pupils including the opportunity to enjoy some outstanding performances by world class musicians. This year, Inverurie Music Society have launched an award scheme to support pupils at Alford in their musical studies. A grant of up to £200 will be considered for pupils to help fund:
Music lessons or workshops
Travel/accommodation related to music lessons, workshops or music competitions
Books, printed music & materials for the study of music.
The purchase or repair of instruments and/or accessories for instruments.
Software to facilitate musical composition.
Equipment to record music.
Please note the closing date for applications is Friday 15th November and the application requires Mr Trueman to add a comment to the application. Therefore, please send any completed applications to the school mailbox (firstname.lastname@example.org) with the instruction to forward to Mr Trueman, no later than Wednesday 13th November. With Christmas just around the corner this might be worth a thought if you are considering purchasing a musical instrument for your child. Further details of the scheme and an application form can be found via the link below.