Huntingdonshire Music School Association

Saturday, January 31, 2015

Play (Music ;-) )with Others

At present, ensembles include group theory lessons,  3 Bands and 4 Ensembles. Other ensemble and group playing is encouraged and regular concerts are held in and out of College.

The current groups are:-


  • Brass Ensemble
  • Saxophone Ensemble
  • Advanced String Ensemble
  • Beginner String Ensemble


  • Intermediate Concert Band
  • Advanced Concert Band
  • Big Band
  • Our recently formed Folk Group rehearses on a Tuesday night.
    We also have a group of saxophone fanatics who get together regularly and scope for a flute group subject to numbers wishing to take part.
    We would love to start a childrens choir - please contact us if you are interested!

    The list is fairly fluid as we encourage those with a similar interest to start their own groups.

    Students can enter for practical and theory exams from beginner to diploma lessons.


    See also

    Music Exams - Not For Everyone!Public Work

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    Tuesday, July 03, 2012

    End of Term Concert - Saturday 7th July 2012 - With Added ‘Fnugg’

    On Saturday 7th July there will be a free concert at the Huntingdonshire Regional College starting at 19:30 given by some of the ensembles at the music school.

    We also have a new feature - a spot for staff to strut their stuff. Taking the first spotlight is Robin Norman who teaches brass and directs the Senior Concert Band and the Senior Orchestra. Not being a wallflower - they don’t tend to suit tubas - Robin is playing ‘Fnug’ which demonstrates some of the many sounds a tuba is capable of including harmonics and beat-boxing. There is more information on this piece on YouTube.

    All members of the public are welcome

    Intermediate Concert Band

    • In the Hall of the Mountain King (Edvard Grieg arr. John Wasson)
    • West Side Story (Leonard Bernstein arr. Michael Sweeney)
    • A Tribute to Michael Jackson (arr. Michael Story)

    Junior String Group

    • My Heart Will Go On from Titanic

    Junior and Senior strings groups

    • Hickory Dickory Dock (Roger Stimson)

    Senior String Group

    • Palladio: movement one (Karl Jenkins)

    Brass Group

    • Black and White Rag (Joplin)
    • Promenade (Mussorsky
    • Playing with Fire (Perrin


    Saxophone Ensemble

    • Satin Doll - Don’t Get Around Much Anymore (Ellington/Strayhorn - arr. Jon Halton)
    • Just The Way You Are - Cant Take My Eyes Off You (Joel/Crewe & Gaudio – arr. Jon Halton)

    Teacher Guest Spot - Robin Norman Tuba solo

    • Fnugg (Oystein Baadsvik)

    Guitar Ensemble

    Folk set

    • Now is the Month of Maying. (Morley arr. Gavell)
    • The Jolly Miller (Trad. – arr. Hasted)
    • The Lass of Richmond Hill. (Trad. – arr. Hasted)
    • What if a Day (arr Hasted)
    • Greenholm Jig (Trad. arr. Cracknell)
    • Rickerty Jig (Cracknell)
    • Suite for Guitar - Prelude and Allemande (Biberian)
    • Israelian Air (Van De Staak)
    • Minuet and Trio (De call)

    Senior Concert Band

    • In Town to-night from London Suite (Eric Coats)
    • An Aladdin Fantasy (Menken, Ashman, Rice - arr. Forgie)
    • Gershwin!  (arr. Warren Barker)


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    Friday, November 26, 2010

    HUMSA Summer Trip 2011 - Marburg, Germany

    Huntingdonshire is twinned with Marburg-Biedenkopf in the state of Hess, Germany, about 50 miles north of Frankfurt.  It is a really attractive region with tree covered hills all around. Marburg Biedenkopf has a summer music festival and we have been invited to take part. The trip will be centred around the picturesque village of Bad Endbach. A new swimming pool and spa opened last October and the village also has shops, cafes etc.
    Marburg is a very interesting old university town with plenty of shops to visit.

    Links: Wikipedia - Marburg-Biedenkopf, Wikipedia - Bad Endbach, city of Marburg website, videos:

    YouTube - video 1 (never mind the soundtrack!), YouTube - video 2

    The trip is open to any student of the Huntingdonshire Music School - you don’t need to be playing in a band or ensemble.


    Thursday 11th August:

    • Early start from HRC, travelling by coach and ferry.
    • Plan to arrive at 18:00 and have a group meal

    Friday 12th August - Sunday 14th August

    • A number of concerts, depending upon who goes and the bands we can form
    • Coach sightseeing trips, possibilities include:
      • Ski lift and summer tobogganing
      • Edersee and Eder dam and waterparc
      • Other options to be built into the itinerary
    • Final group meal

    Monday 15th August:

    • Early start from Bad Endbach
    • ETA Huntingdon 19:00


    We will be staying in the village of Bad Endbach. There isn’t a big enough hotel in Bad Endbach that will accommodate us all, so we will have to be split between 2 (possibly 3) hotels situated close together. The rooms are ensuite singles, twins or doubles, and some will have the capability of having an extra single bed put in the room. There may be an option to stay with local families.

    Editor - Found this odd link connecting a visitor from Warboys to Bad Endbach


    Adults c £220
    Children c £200

    We hope to have a donation from Huntingdonshire District Council that will help toward the cost of the trip; we will also hold fundraising events to raise funds for the trip. If there are 40 people on the trip and the fund raising goes well, the adult price could drop to £175.

    Included in price:

    • All travel throughout the trip from and back to HRC, inc excursion transport.
    • Evening meal on arrival at Bad Endbach
    • 4 nights Hotel accommodation, bed & breakfast.
    • End of tour meal.


    • All lunches and evening meals other than the above.
    • Travel or instrument insurance
    • Spending money
    • Additional excursions

    A £25 deposit is needed to secure your place at the time of booking with the booking form (see entry in discussion forum) to either Alan Crosthwaite ( or Joyce Reeves.

    See also

    Back from the Isle of Man (Windy Isle)Norfolk 2009 Tour - Planning


    See discussion thread in forums

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