2015 Annual Music Festival
Thank you to all the parents and friends and students who attended the Music Festival on Thursday 4 June – it was a wonderful night. The girls enjoyed performing all their favourite pieces to a capacity audience. The night had a wide variety of styles including: Also Spake Zarathustra performed by the Wind Ensemble, Jesu rex Admirabilis by Palestrina sung by the Madrigal Group, a beautiful rendition of The Adagio by Albinoni played by the Senior Chamber Orchestra, Chili Enchiladas from the Big Band, You Raise Me Up performed by the Senior Bells, Hogan’s Heroes March, which was performed by the Concert Band whilst marching onto the stage, Rolling in The Deep from the Chamber Strings, Chattanooga Choo Choo from the College Choir, and a newly commissioned work written for the Chamber Choir, entitled Malala, by 2015 Composer in Residence, Paul Jarman.
Thank you to all the Music Staff for working so hard with the girls in all the ensembles and achieving some wonderful performances. Special thanks also go to Ms Monique Curiel who organised the concert, Mrs Lisa Tomlinson Alonso and all the parents of the Music Support Group for providing supper, Mr Malcolm Heap for arranging the sound and lighting, Mrs Nadia Young for taking photographs, and Mrs Jodi McCarthy for organising the ticketing and program.
Thank you to all the students for generously providing some wonderful entertainment.
Alison Chen – Emerging Artists
On Sunday 14 June Year 10 music student Alison Chen will perform at a special concert for The Theme and Variations Piano Foundation. Alison is one of three special performers who have been asked to perform for this event.
Alison will perform a solo piano recital in front of a live audience, comprising a 20-minute program that includes the following beautiful pieces from the piano repertoire: Sculthorpe: Mountains; Rachmaninoff: Etudes-Tableaux Op39 No 2; and Chopin: Variations Brilliantes Op 12.
Alison will play all pieces from memory on a full-sized Steinway grand piano – a very special instrument.
Parents, friends and family are welcome to attend this event and support Alison on June 14 at 2.30 pm at the Theme and Variations Piano Studio, 451 Willoughby Road, Willoughby.
Junior School Eisteddfod
Congratulations to the girls in the Junior School Choirs, Cantabile and PLC Voices, and their teachers, Ms Clouston, Miss Luo, Mrs Allen and Mr Basile, who competed at the Sydney Eisteddfod.
The College achieved the following results:
PLC VOICES: After a very long wait the girls were the second last competitors in their section of 11 and received a very well deserved fourth place, a result of 88%. They were behind Reddam House who came third, Barker College who came second and Pymble Ladies’ College who won the section. The girls sang three very contrasting pieces including a Kenyan folk song, ‘If Only I Had a Brain’ and ‘Sea Change’.
CANTABILE: The Years 3 and 4 choir Cantabile achieved second place in their section of four. They were close behind Waitara Public School and received a result of 89%. This group is now eligible to perform in the final on Sunday 14 June at 10 am as they compete for a cash prize against primary and other Years 3 and 4 choirs. We wish them well.
A Special Recording
On Sunday 31 May the members of the College Chamber Choir and our resident composer, Mr Paul Jarman, worked hard to perform and record the newly commissioned work Malala. Thank you to the Music staff, Ms Clouston and Mr Basile, to the Music parents led by Mrs Grace Lubrano who provided lunch for the group, and to Mr Malcolm Heap for helping the external sound recordist. The work has been recorded to be released later in the year for a special video about Service Learning to be produced for the College. It is a special piece that helps to promote the right of all children in the world to receive an education.