IPSHA Performing Arts Festival
On Tuesday 16 August, 125 girls from Hamilton went to the Sydney Town Hall to take part in the Independent Primary School Heads of Australia (IPSHA) Performing Arts Festival. This Festival combines 8 schools who perform an item on the stage of the Town Hall. After a day of rehearsals, PLC Sydney students performed for a full house.
The girls acquitted themselves wonderfully in several performances. The Junior Pipes and Drums, under the leadership of Mr Wishart and Mr Lambert, opened the evening. This was followed by Laura Grehan, Michelle Ni, Holly Rasmussen, Natalie Kim and Eunice Yeh, performing in the combined band, playing: The National Anthem, Medieval Legend and The Addams Family.
PLC Sydney presented the first item for the evening with the girls in Handbells, Cantabile, PLC Voices and Hamilton Strings performing a world premiere of the beautiful work called Listen. This work was written especially for PLC Sydney by husband and wife team Bonnie Nilsson and Paul Jarman, our Composer-in Residence). Directed by Mr O’Dea and accompanied by Mr Basile, the girls sang and played with joy and finesse. It truly is a gorgeous piece for young musicians.
The final item for the evening included all PLC Sydney singers in a mass choir of over 450 students. The students sang three pieces, Voi Sur Ton Chemin from Les Choristes, The Wanderer by Dan Walker and Flooding Rains by the late Queensland composer, Harley Mead. Flooding Rains included an exciting body percussion section in which the whole choir imitated a heavy rain storm, complete with driving rain and thunder. It was very effective.
Thank you to Ms Clouston for teaching the choirs and organising this event. Thank you to Mrs Hamilton, Mrs Dawson and the Junior School staff for their assistance and to the parents and friends who attended the Festival.
Visit our PLC Sydney facebook page for photos of the event. Thank you to the talented Des (PLC Sydney parent) for providing the photos.