Thursday 02 June 2016

Winter Ensembles Concert

The Middle and Senior Years Ensembles Winter Concert combined the amazing talent of each student with the superb repertoire chosen by the Music department.

Highlights of the night included an A Capella rendition of the School Song, performed by The Ridgeway Chorale, fascinating atmospheres created by each Wind Band, the breath-taking performance by the Abbado String Orchestra of L’Estro Armonico Op. 3, No.8, movements Allegro, Larghetto e Spirituoso and Allegro by Antonio Vivaldi, and the night ending with highly recognisable music from Star Wars: Episode 7 The Force Awakens, performed by the Golden Orchestra.

The night was a great success not only due to the student performers, but to the teachers and parents who supported and directed each of them. Each ensemble will now be learning new repertoire in preparation for the Spring Concert, which will be held near the end of August.

All students are encouraged to participate in the Performing Arts program. Tuition is available to all students on a wide range of instruments as well as dance and music theory.

There is ample opportunity for students to develop their performance skills at both formal and soiree music concerts and drama productions throughout the year. Students can join a range of musical ensembles including choirs, string ensembles, orchestras and jazz ensembles. There are soirees, recitals, drama productions, the Piano and Soloists’ competition, the More Than Words concert for vocalists, the Plenty Campus Performing Arts Concert, a Theatre Production and the whole school Gala Concert held every two years at Hamer Hall.

Each campus presents an annual Musical Production and students from Years 7 to 12 have the opportunity to be involved. This includes roles on stage as well as in the orchestra and backstage with sound, lighting, set construction, make up and costumes.

The School’s musicians have the opportunity to participate in ensemble tours and music rehearsal camps and students are also encouraged to participate in performance opportunities in the local and wider community.