Music Notes

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Les Mis – Wow!

Congratulations to the 42 members of the orchestra and to the girls who performed in both the solo roles and the chorus for the production. It was a demanding show with much music and underscoring and your performance was fabulous. You let the audience leave singing all the tunes – well done! A special thank you goes to the members of the Music staff, Mr Michael O’Dea, Mrs Casey Allen, Mr Andrew Basile, Mr Nathan Allen and Mr Leigh Giles, and also to all the very talented musicians.



Congratulations Grace Zhu – Emerging Artists

On Sunday 12 April Year 8 music student Grace Zhu performed admirably at a special concert for the Theme and Variations Piano Foundation. Grace was one of three special performers who were asked to participate in the event. Grace performed a solo piano recital in front of a live audience, which comprised a 20-minute program that included the following beautiful pieces from the piano repertoire, which she played from memory: Grand Waltz Opus 42 – Chopin, Jeux d’eau – Ravel and Scherzo Opus 31 c Chopin.

Grace was also fortunate enough to play these pieces on a full-sized Steinway grand piano – a very special instrument. Congratulations Grace on your fine performance.

On Sunday 14 June Year 10 student Alison Chen will also be performing in this special concert series. The event is held at the Theme and Variations piano studio, 451 Willoughby Road, Willoughby.


Solo Performers’ Competition 2015 Results

Congratulations to the 55 students who competed in the 2015 Solo Performers’ Competition. Our adjudicators this year were:

Band – Mr Paul Jarman
Strings – Mr David Saffir
Voice – Ms Leonie Butler
Piano – Miss Neta Maughan

All girls put in a fine effort and several of the performances were particularly noteworthy. Thank you girls and also to the parents and staff who came along to support the event.

The winner from each section performed at the Open Day and Fair and will also play at a future school assembly.


Issue 0715_band performersBAND RESULTS
1st – Mikaela Sukkar (Year 9)
2nd Equal – Emma Liu (Year 10)
2nd Equal – Haley Mills (Year 7)
3rd – Kim Leng (Year 7)
Highly Commended – Mathilde Schoepple (Year 8)
Highly Commended – Madeleine Dahan (Year 12)
Highly Commended – Ella Ferguson (Year 10)


Issue 0715_vocal performersVOICE RESULTS
1st – Amy Yu (Year 12)
2nd – Elisheva Biernoff Giles (Year 8)
3rd – Jemima Lorenz (Year 11)
Highly Commended – Pippy Donaldson (Year 10)
Highly Commended – Annabelle Moore (Year 9)
Highly Commended – Lauren Sharpe (Year 11)
Highly Commended – Peyton Cole (Year 12)
Highly Commended – Nairie Tzakos (Year 8)



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1st – Grace Zhu (Year 8)
2nd – Alison Chen (Year 10)
3rd – Jennifer Xu (Year 9)
Very Highly Commended – Elaine Yang (Year 12)
Very Highly Commended – Christina Shi (Year 8)
Highly Commended – Kim Woo (Year 11)
Highly Commended – Haley Mills (Year 7)



Issue 0715_string performersSTRING RESULTS 
1st – Rachael Sung (Year 12)
2nd –Vanessa Lin (Year 8)
3rd – Isabella Zhu (Year 10)
Highly Commended – Nicole Sung (Year 11)
Highly Commended – Belinda Thomas (Year 8)


2015 Inaugural PLC Sydney Solo Piping Competition

On Sunday 18 April the first ever PLC Sydney Solo Piping Competition was held for girls in the Pipe Band. Three of our best Pipers competed for the Inaugural Trophy, and the results were as follows:

1st – Madeleine Maloof
2nd – Phoebe McHugh
3rd – Isabelle Hooton

Congratulations go to all girls and also Madeleine who will have her name engraved on the Perpetual Trophy, which will be kept at school.

Pipe Band Adventures

The 2015 Pipes and Drums at PLC has been very busy this year with several invitations, competitions and marches. With the 100th anniversary of ANZAC the girls worked very hard to rise to the challenges of extra engagements.

Notably the band has increased in size and now has nine girls in Year 7 who are fully-fledged members, as well as Vanessa Kwa in Year 6. Whilst these girls are very young players, all the events in which the group has participated recently has helped to forge a tightly inclusive group, and will definitely improve with further practice and opportunities to perform.

Here are a few of the events that the group has recently performed in:

PLC Sydney Pipes and Drums – Perth Tour

Issue 0715_Pipe Band PerthOn Good Friday, 3 April our PLC Sydney Pipes and Drums travelled to Perth to help PLC Perth celebrate their 100th anniversary. Mr Wishart, Ms Clouston and Mr Lambert accompanied the 17 girls from Years 7–12.

Over the four days the group was very busy with at least one rehearsal and a concert or performance each day. During the tour the girls were very supportive of each other, and had the opportunity to meet performers from the other schools that performed, which resulted in a very enjoyable weekend overall.

Highlights of the weekend included: 

  • On Saturday morning the band marched through the centre of Perth in a spectacular massed bands event.
  • On Sunday they competed at the Inaugural Australian All School Pipe Band Competition where they achieved the following results:
    –Fifth in the Selection of Marches element beating Great Southern Grammar and St George Girls, Malaysia
    –Fourth in drumming in the marches
    –Sixth in the medley overall beating Great Southern Grammar
    –Fifth in dress ahead of Great Southern Grammar and Scotch College Perth.
  • On Monday the group was presented with a second place medal in the WA State Championships.

Special mention must go to these students:

  • Vanessa Kwa in Year 6 who was, not only the youngest player in our band, but the youngest competitor in all competitions.
  • Emily Alexander-Wood and Claudia Adams who stepped into the drum majors role at short notice and performed admirably.
  • Megan Casey for stepping into the lead drummers position, a step-up in playing expectations and leading the corps to a fourth place in the marches.

Thank you to all the staff, parents and the students for proudly representing the College.


Anzac Day Marches for 100th Anniversary

Isue 0715_Scipione and JStewartOver three separate days the Pipe and Drums Band was heavily involved in performances for the 100th anniversary of Anzac Day.

On Friday 24 April the band processed in and out of the full school assembly and performed a poignantly beautiful rendition of ‘Amazing Grace’, which added much to this special service.

On the 100th anniversary of Anzac Day our Pipe Band marched early in the parade, but before they began their march they were able to line up next to the NSW Police Pipe Band and were inspected by the NSW Police Commissioner, Mr Andrew Scipione, who was introduced to our Drum Major, Jessica Stewart. If you watched the ABC broadcast of the parade, or you saw the group in the city, you would have seen that the group admirably equipped themselves both in dress and sound and received a fine commentary from the ABC broadcaster.


Newington College’s Anzac 100th Anniversary Service

The Pipes and Drums Band was also asked to play at Newington College’s Anzac 100th anniversary service on 29 April. Again the students presented themselves very well and enjoyed performing for the boys!

Thank you to Mr Adam Wishart and Mr Mark Lambert for working so hard with the group and to achieve some wonderful performances.

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