In the last 10 years, the RGS Music Department has made many CD and DVD recordings of its different ensembles and musicians.
2003 "Music at the RGS" CD - A great collection of instrumental and choral music, perfect for any Old Boy wishing to take a trip down memory lane. Includes 2 1st Wind Band numbers, 7 close harmony songs, and ending with a rousing rendition of John Rutter's Gloria.
2010 "Carols & Crackers" Choral CD - The school Choir sings a selection of favourite carols followed by the Close Harmony Group singing some of their own favourite songs including "Breakaway", "Sh-boom", and "Yes sir, that's by baby".
2011 Big Band and Wind Band CD - Jay Craig leads the Big Band in 6 classic numbers including the Naked Gun theme, Snow Fall, and A Few Good Men followed by the 1st Wind Band playing 2 brass features, Ovation Overture, and Chicken Run. The CD has received much acclaim from world-class opera star Christine Rice in her BBC Magazine column after her nephew gave her the CD for Christmas. Click here to see the article.
2012 Chopin Nocturnes CD & DVD - The classic piano solo pieces recorded by staff, Old Boys, and current pupils of the RGS in audio and video.
2014 Debussy Favourite Pieces CD & DVD - The RGS Music Department is proud to announce the
release of its latest DVD of Debussy piano music, which includes such
favourites as the Petite Suite for piano duet, Pour le Piano, Suite Bergamasque
and The Children’s Corner Suite played by current RGS students, old boys,
parents and staff.
If you would like to purchase any of these items (£5 each if not stated) then please contact the Music Office at 01494 551440 or firstname.lastname@example.org. All money raised goes straight back into helping to maintain the high standard of musical education RGS pupils enjoy.
Under the direction of Old Boy and RGS piano teacher Stephen Armstrong, staff, pupils, and friends have also recorded many other CDs. These include:
"Reminiscences" - Elgar, The Complete Works for Violin and Piano (Tom Aldren and Stephen Armstrong)
Evensong at Magdalen (RGS choir)
O Holy Night and other Christmas songs (Matthew Pope, Matthew Hayden, and Kelly Southall with backing band)
2004 - RGS Guitar Quartet;
2009 - Schumann Album for the Young
2010 - Tchaikovsky Album for the Young & Burgmuller 25 Studies;
2010 - Schumann Scenes from Childhood and Woodland Sketches & Mendelssohn Songs without Words
2011 - Edvard Grieg Lyric Pieces for Piano
These can be purchased by contacting Stephen directly or through the school.