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Musical Insight
Deb Aldred / 05 February 2019 / Categories: Creative Arts

Musical Insight

On the 24th, 25th and 26th of January 2019, Kayley (Year 13), Alicia (Year 10) and myself, Jenny (Year 13), were invited to perform as backing vocalists in the orchestra pit for the most recent, and extremely successful annual AKS musical ‘We Will Rock You’.  Immersing ourselves into the musical environment and being part of a professional band with such talented musicians and complex equipment was a remarkable opportunity that we couldn’t have had anywhere else.

The band members we performed with for each of the four shows all had some relation to AKS; either full time teachers or part time music coaches.  Seeing members of the AKS community perform together as a professional band made us realise how privileged we are to be able to have these invaluable experiences, especially as Kayley and I will be leaving AKS in June to go to university after our A levels.  This also meant that we were able to be a part of our last musical without the pressure of ‘show night’, although we did miss performing on the stage.

The atmosphere in the pit was exhilarating; Mr Hodder and Mr Powlesland were belting out some insane guitar riffs while we sang sublime harmonies to classic Queen tracks, really made the experience surreal.  For a couple of hours each show you could just feel the beat in your chest and were engulfed by the thrilling melodies and harmonies that Queen created.

As a group, we all agree that we couldn’t have asked for a more unique and special opportunity to be involved in a different aspect of the music department, we loved it!  Finally, a huge congratulations to everyone involved in the show it ROCKED!

Jennifer Lucking




5 April 2019

Connecting with our heritage: QMS

An interview with Miss Joan Charlton, a well-known former headmistress of Queen Mary School (QMS) by our archive volunteers

The archives comprise five collections of material relating to Arnold, King Edward VII School, Queen Mary School, KEQMS and AKS. Each consists of a diverse collection of school records containing all kinds of items as well as pupil files.  We have architects’ plans, admissions registers, correspondence, speech day addresses, commemorative albums, school magazines, some text books and pupils’ exercise books,  drama and music programmes, photographs, trophies, items of uniform, framed portraits and paintings, pottery, furniture and even a rug.  There is always room for more and we welcome the donation of relevant items.

The archives span over 120 years of history. They contain a wealth of information relating to local history and many accounts of social and historical importance, especially with regard to the wartime years and the impact of education on women’s role in society. 

A small team of volunteers is dedicated to each archive and is wholeheartedly supported by school.  New volunteers to help with cataloguing via the dedicated computer software or with identifying photographs are always welcome. AKS pupils can join the Archive Club to learn about conservation, cataloguing and how to identify items for the new AKS archive.  To get in touch:

5 April 2019

Poetry in Performance

Our Year 7s take their performances to Lytham Church of England School

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