Speechdays of St Augustine's Grammar School

1967 1968 1969 1970 1971 1972 1973 1974 1975 1976 (1977)

These were held at the historic Manchester Free Trade Hall

The programs consisted of

Prizes were generally books. In the lower four years, these were awarded for General Proficiency (1st, 2nd, 3rd) and for each subject. Thereafter prizes were based on GCSE results ('O' and 'A' levels)

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1st Speechday 11th July 1967
Principal Speaker: Rt Rev Eric Grasar, Lord bishop of Shrewsbury
Vote of Thanks: Gearoid Cartwright
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  1. GOD SAVE THE QUEEN (adapted from Sir Michael Costa's arrangement)

  2. Anthem: With a Voice of Singing
    adapted from Isiah 48,20 and Psalm 66, 1-2
    Martin Shaw

  3. Come let us all a-maying go
    Duet from Semerle
    Handel arr J Michael Diack

  4. O Lovely Peace
    Duet from Jaudas Macabaeus
    Handel arr J Michael Diack

  5. Little Jack Horner
    A new setting of an old rhyme - with apologies to Handel
    J Michael Diack

  6. The Recorder Consort

    Symphony Handel arr Walter Bergman
    Pipes are sweet on a summer's day Handel arr Walter Bergman
    Menuet from "Bernice" Handel arr Walter Bergman
    Boree John Banister
    Beguine Brian Bonsor
Second Speechday 9th July 1968
Principal Speaker: Cllr Kathleen Ollerenshaw
(Chairman City of Manchester Education Committee)
Vote of Thanks: Andrew Hartnett
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  1. GOD SAVE THE QUEEN (adapted from Sir Michael Costa's arrangement)

  2. Non Nobis, Domine
    Words: Rudyard kipling
    Music Roger Quilter

  3. Linden Lea
    Ralph Vaughan Williams arr Alec Rowley

  4. I am a Brisk and Sprightly Lad
    arr Richard Graves

  5. How Lovely are the Messengers from 'St Paul'
    Mendelssohn

  6. Consort Pieces by Vincent Knight (recorder consort)

    Sellinger's Round Byrd
    My love's arbutus Trad Scottish Air
    Royal wedding 18th century dance
  7. Minuet from Suite for Recorder Quartet
    By Domenico Scarlatti
    arr Arnold Goldsbough

  8. Tango (recorder consort)
    Brian Bonsor

  9. Old Mother Hubbard
    Set in the manner of Handel by Victor Hely-Hutchinson
    arr J Michael Diack

  10. Motet: Ave Maria
    Oreste Ravanello

Third Speechday 8th July 1969
Principal Speaker: Mr Dudley A. Fiske(Chief Education Officer)
Vote of Thanks: Adam Zaslona
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  1. NATIONAL ANTHEM

  2. Song of Liberty
    Music: Edward Elgar (Pomp and Circumstance No 4) Arr. Alec Rowley
    Words: A.P. Herbert

  3. To Spring
    Music J S Bach Arr.
    Words: Phillip Gordon

  4. Evening Prayer
    E Humperdinck ("Hansel & Gretel")

  5. Ascendit Deus
    Carlo Carturan
    Ps 47,5

  6. Fiesta (recorder consort)
    Brian Bonsor

  7. Air from Suite No 3 in D
    Music: J S Bach Arr. Bennett Williams

Fourth Speechday 14th July 1970
Principal Speaker: Rt Rev Thomas Holland (Lord Bishop of Salford)
Vote of Thanks: John Taylor
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  1. Let All the World in Every Corner Sing
    Words from The Temple by George Herbert
    Music by F G Bishop

  2. Sing a Song of Sixpence
    A new stting by J Michael Diack

  3. Heather Rose
    Words by Louis Lawater
    Music by Franz Schubert arr Hubert Wynn

  4. Silent Worship
    Words by Arthur Somerville
    Music from Tolmeo by G F Handel arr Maurice Jacobson

  5. Country Gardens
    Words by Doris Rowley
    Music by Cecil Sharpe arr Henry Geehl

  6. Jesu Joy of Man's Desiring
    Words by Robert Bridges
    Music by J S Bach

  7. Herz und Mund und Tat und Leben
    Arr and edited by W Gillies Whittaker

 

Fifth Speechday 13th July 1971
Principal Speaker: Rt Rev Eric Grasar (Lord Bishop of Shrewsbury)
Vote of Thanks: Stephen McCann
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  1. Go forth with God
    Words by Barclay Baron
    Music by Martin Shaw

  2. Manin Veen
    Trad Manx arr R Vaughan Williams

  3. Sound the trumpet
    from the Ode for Queen Mary's birthday by H Purcell

  4. Calm and tranquil lie the sheepfolds
    Secular Cantata No 208
    J S Bach

  5. Gaudeamus Igitur
    Mediaeval Students' song arr Alan Gibbs

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Sixth Speechday 19th July 1972
Principal Speaker: Rt Rev John Brewer (Aux Bishop of Shrewsbury)
Vote of Thanks: Christopher Blaydon
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  1. Sing a song of joy, praise our God with mirth
    Words by Thomas Campion
    Music by Philip Tomblings

  2. Dashing away with a smoothing iron
    Trad arr E T Morris

  3. Beyond the Spanish Main
    18th century
    arr Richard Graves

  4. I am a brisk and sprightly lad
    Words: Alfred Noyes
    Music: C Armstrong-Gibbs

  5. Linden Lea
    Words W Barnes
    Music R Vaughan Williams arr Arthur Somerville

  6. Non nobis, Domine
    Words: Rudyard kipling
    Music Roger Quilter

 

Seventh Speechday 19th November 1973
Principal Speaker: Rev Dom Patrick Barry OSB, Headmaster Ampleforth College
Vote of Thanks: Thomas Walsh
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  1. Sing we merrily
    Words from Psalm 81
    Music: Sydney Campbell

  2. Bobby Shaftoe
    Trad arr Alec Rowley

  3. Little Jack Horner
    Trad arr J Michael Diack

  4. Green Broom
    Trad arr John Simpson

  5. Where lies the land?
    Words Arthur Hugh Clough
    Music: George Dyson

  6. Bethlehem Down
    Words: Bruce Blunt
    Music: Peter Warlock

  7. Zadok the Priest
    G F Handel

Eighth Speechday 23rd October 1974
Principal Speaker: Rt Rev Msg Canon Percival Edward Rees
(Vicar General Shrewsbury Diocese)
Vote of Thanks: John Whatnall
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This was the year of O level results for the entry of 1969.

  1. Go forth with God
    Words: William Barclay
    Music: Martin Shaw

  2. Manin Veen
    Trad Manx arr R Vaughan Williams

  3. The Ships of Rio
    Words:Walter de la Mare
    Music: Benjamin Britten

  4. Heather Rose
    Words: Louis Lavater
    Music F Schubert arr Hubert Wynn

  5. The Tree of Life
    Words Robin Flower
    Music Havelock Nelson

  6. Air and Rondo from Abdelazur (Orchestra)
    Henry Purcell

  7. And the Glory of the Lord (Orchestra and Choir)
    G F Handel
    Midi Dan Viens

Ninth Speechday 14th October 1975
Principal Speaker: AT Grove Esq Fellow and Senior Tutor of Downing College, Cambridge
Vote of Thanks: Christopher Start
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  1. With a voice of singing
    Words: Isaiah, 48, 20
    Music: Martin Shaw

  2. Sing a song of Sixpence
    Setting by Michael Diack

  3. Little Jack Horner
    Setting by Michael Diack

  4. A Tall Story
    Words: Anon
    Music: Arthur Benjamin

  5. How lovely are thy dwellings fair
    Chorus: From The German Requiem
    Music: Johannes Brahms
    Midi Dan Viens

  6. March from A Little Suite (Orchestra)
    by Trevor Duncan

  7. Hallelujah Chorus
    G F Handel

Tenth Speechday 12th October 1976
Principal Speaker: Rt Rev Msg Eric Riley
Vote of Thanks: Paul Grainger
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This was the year of A level results for the entry of 1969.
Many of us were already away at college by this time.

  1. The heavens are telling the glory of God
    Chorus from The Creation
    Music: J. Haydn

  2. The Lord is my shepherd
    Words from Psalm 23
    Music: F. Schubert

  3. March from Carmen (Orchestra)
    by G. Bizet

  4. Non nobis, domine
    Words: R. Kipling
    Music: R. Quilter

  5. Zadok the Priest
    G F Handel

St. John Plessington Speechday 7th October 1977
Principal Speaker: Rt Rev Eric Grasar
(Lord Bishop of Shrewsbury)
Vote of Thanks: Steven Johnston
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  1. NATIONAL ANTHEM

  2. Go Forth with God
    Music: Martin Shaw
    Words: Barclay Baron

  3. Marianina (Girl's Choir)
    Percy Fletcher

  4. Song of Liberty
    Music: Edward Elgar (Pomp and Circumstance No 4) Arr. Alec Rowley
    Words: A.P. Herbert

  5. The Song of the Music Makers
    Music: Martin Shaw
    Words: Rodney Bennett

  6. Halleujah
    from Messiah G. F. Handel

 

Vote of Thanks

The Vote of Thanks that I had to read out in 1970 at the Free Trade Hall was typed out phonetically in 'Oxbridge vernacular' so that words like 'past' became 'parst' etc..I don't know if this was the practice in other years, but I remember feeling quite a fool. [John Taylor 1970]

The job of writing and delivering the Vote of Thanks was decided by flipping a coin! I won, or lost, depending on your viewpoint, and delivered the said speech at the Free Trade. I wrote the speech along with Ged Doyle. The Mons, shall we say, “guided” the content but most of it was our own work.I don’t think it was typed out – just my handwriting.[Steven Johnston 1977]

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