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Wyke Christmas Concert

By | Community, Music, News

Wyke’s Annual Christmas Concert will take place at St Mary’s Church in Beverley on Thursday 15th December at 7pm.

Expect a night filled with Christmas cheer as our students celebrate the festive period by showcasing their musical talents with both group and solo performances.

Tickets cost £5.00 per person or £12 for a family of four which includes entrance to the concert, mulled wine and a mince pie. Tickets are available via ParentPay or can be bought on the door.

Get into the Christmas spirit with Wyke Sixth Form College and buy your tickets today!

Emily Orchestrates Musical Opportunity

By | Course News, Music, News, Performing Arts

Congratulations to Emily Hanover who, for the second consecutive year, has successfully gained a place in the National Youth Orchestra as a cellist.

The National Youth Orchestra is made up of talented musicians from all over the UK aged 13 to 18. Students who wish to join the NYO need to have the skills to pass a Grade 8 musical examination with distinction and complete an audition. Once part of the NYO, students complete three residencies and perform the pieces they have learnt together on tour. As well as performing, the National Youth Orchestra members work to give young people more opportunities to be involved with classical music and classical music performance.

The former Beverley High School student said that she was inspired to take up the cello at primary school: “when I was 8 years old, my primary school introduced music teachers who would come into school to teach violin or cello. I decided to learn the cello and I’ve played ever since.”

When asked if Wyke will help her develop her skills as a musician, Emily said: “Definitely! In comparison to other Colleges and Sixth Form providers the College has a big Music department and there are a lot of extremely talented people. I have already learnt a lot from other musicians who give you support which makes a really nice community within the Music Department.”

See Emily perform the “First Movement of the Saint-Saens Cello Concerto” (unaccompanied) on our YouTube channel.

Former Student storms the iTunes Charts

By | Course News, Music, News

Wyke would like to congratulate former student Jack Conman on reaching number 5 in the singer/songwriter iTunes chart with his EP ‘Euphoria Springs’.

Jack attended Beverley Longcroft school before enrolling at Wyke in 2013. Whilst at College, Jack studied Music Technology, Media Studies and English Language. He is currently signed to indie label Warren Records, Hull.

Jack is currently touring across the country with ‘Euphoria Springs’ and will be returning to perform in Beverley on 25th March. For more information on any of Jack’s tour dates go to:

The College wish you every success in your music career.

Rag Week 2015

By | Music, News, On Campus

The presence of Johnny English, Miley Cyrus and a Minion at Wyke Sixth Form College could mean only one thing: it was Fancy Dress Friday again!

Photographs from the day are available to view on our Flickr site.

It was the colourful closing day of the annual Rag Week event, which sees students and staff taking part in a variety of activities for a good cause.

Or rather two good causes: the Special Stars Foundation, which provides social activities and trips for children and young people with disabilities in Hull and East Yorkshire; and Mind, the mental health charity.

There was Cultural Awareness Day, featuring dance and music events reflecting other cultures, as well as language classes; Sports Day, with events including students and staff donning Sumo suits to battle it out; and Duvet Day, which gave students a chance to wear their pyjamas to College.

One of the standout events of this year’s Rag Week was the Food Festival, with a Hog Roast stall, as well as crepe, cheesecake and candy floss stands.

Charities Officer of the Student Executive at the College, Alex Blake-Barnard, 17, helped co-ordinate the programme of events. She said: ‘The Food Festival was really popular.

‘It was inspiring to see how many local businesses, including Love Hog Roast, The Chocolate Box, Candy Creations and The Crepe Company, were willing to set up stalls in the College and give a proportion of their profits to charity.

‘I’d particularly like to single out Emma’s Cheesecakes, who donated £90 on top of their existing donation!’

Principal Jay Trivedy said, ‘The fact that over £1,600 has been raised for charity is excellent, but whether raising money or merely raising a smile, it was great to see these events bring the whole of the College together.’

Alex Blake-Barnard agrees: ‘Thanks to the efforts of the staff and students who participated, Rag Week has raised over £1,600 for the Special Stars Foundation and Mind.

‘But I was just as impressed with the atmosphere generated, and really feel this week has done a lot to promote other cultures within the College.’

Three for Trinity

By | Course News, Music, News

Congratulations to A level Dance students Martha Godber, Tilly Needham and Emma Holt on receiving offers from one of the leading dance and music conservatoires. All three students have received confirmation that they have places on the dance programme offered by Trinity Laban, London.

The institution has an outstanding reputation in the field of dance and music, ranked the number one specialist drama and dance organisation in the UK, with 1000’s of students vying for places on their undergraduate courses.

For Head of Dance, Roni Dunleavy, this is recognition of the students talent and ability. “This is a significant achievement and the department are extremely proud of them!”

Watch Martha Godber perform at the Wyke Showcase on our YouTube Channel.

Tiny Tempest

By | Community, Music, News

A condensed musical version of Shakespeare’s final play, The Tempest, will be performed by students of Wyke Sixth Form College at Hull Truck Theatre on 22nd October at 7.30pm as part of the Shakespeare Schools Festival.

The musicians and performers taking part will be given the chance to work with professional directors as Wyke takes part alongside local schools and colleges in this national festival for the first time. Dan Sproats, director, said: “The greatest challenge is fitting one of Shakespeare’s great tragi-comedies and the music — by Henry Purcell — into a half-hour slot. But it looks set to be a real spectacle.”

And playing the lead role of Prospero is Miguel Barrulas, who is studying towards a career in medicine at the College. He said, “It certainly makes a change from the kind of challenges I encounter in studying Biology! But I have always loved performing.” Other colleges performing include St. Mary’s, Biggin Hill and Wold Academy, who will be performing Julius Caesar, Midsummer Night’s Dream and Macbeth.

Ticket prices are £9 for standard seats, £7.75 concessions.