The Waverley Eisteddfod Ensemble sections are usually held in the Huntingtower Performing Arts Centre but as the PAC is not available at the moment the performances will be held in the Orchestral Room. Thus the maximum number in the "Large" Ensemble sections has been lowered drastically so unfortunately none of our usual ensembles (Junior Orchestra, Middle School Orchestra, Concert Band, Senior Orchestra) are able to perform. We can look forward to some wonderful eisteddfod performances in our new PAC but at the moment only very small "Large" Ensembles are able to perform. A notice has already been posted out to all instrumental musicians involved and sincere apologies to those who are not able to perform this year – the opportunity will come soon!
WAVERLEY EISTEDDFOD ENSEMBLE SECTIONS
Saturday 20 August – Huntingtower Orchestral Room (Full details are in the notice)
Arrival Time: 8.40am14y and Under Large Ensemble (9.00am Section)
(Senior Music Classroom)Folk Orchestra
Arrival Time: 10.40am15y and Under Small Ensemble (11.00am Section)
(Senior Music Classroom)Haydn Trio
Arrival Time: 12.50pm18y and Under Large Ensemble (1.15pm Section)
(Senior Music Classroom)Small Concert Band
Arrival Time: 2.50pm21y and Under Large Ensemble (3.15pm Section)
(Senior Music Classroom)Mendelssohn Quartet
WAVERLEY EISTEDDFOD CHORAL SECTIONS
Monday 22 August – Robert Blackwood Hall
Secondary School Chamber Choir Section
NB. The performance time is 5.30pm
Senior Chamber Choir and Middle School Chamber Choir
All details will be given to the members of both chamber choirs.
Parents, families and friends are extremely welcome to attend any of the eisteddfod ensemble and choral sections and hear the fantastic work which has been done by our students and enjoy performances by many other participating schools.
The following entertaining solo concerts are coming up very soon so please feel extremely welcome to come and enjoy hearing the amazing talent of all our young musicians.
1.Year 8 Solo Concert – Thursday 25 August 6.30pm Orchestral Room
2.Year 9 Solo Concert – Tuesday 6 September 6.30pm Orchestral Room
ARTS IN THE ROUND - Sunday 9 October
As there is no Performing Arts Centre at the moment our annual Huntingtower Camerata Gala Concert will not be able to take place in 2016. Instead there will be an exciting Arts Festival "Arts in the Round" which will feature Music, Art, Drama, English Speaking and Poetry.
Please come and enjoy a spectacular afternoon!
The following groups will perform:(all members will be required please)
Junior Chamber Choir
Year 7/8 Choir
Middle School Orchestra
Middle School Chamber Choir
Senior Chamber Choir
A detailed timetable of performances will be given closer to the time.
The afternoon will also incorporate the Opening of the Middle Years' Centre
Delicious refreshments will be available
STRING ORCHESTRA TOUR TO THE UK Hearty congratulations must be extended to the amazing group of young people in the touring Huntingtower String Orchestra (21 current students from Years 7-12 and 9 past students who have recently graduated from Huntingtower) who undertook this phenomenal adventure. Every single moment was a highlight so perhaps just a few small points can be shared here.
The 9 concerts were definitely absolute highlights and amazing privileges. The venues were magnificent including Southwark Cathedral (the oldest cathedral in London), Holy Trinity Church in Stratford-upon-Avon (imagine playing just metres away from Shakespeare's grave which is actually in the church), Church of St. Mary the Great in Cambridge, Ghent Cathedral in Belgium - the list goes on! We decided to take nearly 100 of our CD's so that we could donate the money to the various churches or charities. Enormous thanks to Mrs Jan Tyquin who sold them all and at the Englese Church in Amsterdam the huge audience donated the equivalent of $1000 to go to their charity of supporting a malaria hospital in West Africa. The audiences were all large and the attendees are so spontaneous, enthusiastic and unreserved in the UK and Europe.
After our concert in Ghent we travelled to Ypres to attend the 100 year anniversary service of the Battles of the Somme. Most of the UK seemed to be there with many military and marching bands and the Last Post is played at the Menin Gate every evening at 8pm. Enormous thanks to Mrs Jane Barker who asked if we could lay one of the wreaths at the service and her request was granted. Morven Curr and Martin Crellin (who both had 2 great grandfathers in active service) laid the wreath of Australian native plants on our behalf and Jade Tsai made a beautiful commemorative card from Huntingtower. It was an extremely moving experience.
One of our past students, Lee Howard, is now Principal of an International School in Frankfurt and I had the great joy of visiting this lovely school and meeting some of the staff and students. Lee brought some of his students to one of our concerts and also to have dinner with us. One of his students, Milena Siegler, enjoyed the experience of listening to the orchestra and talking to our students so much that she immediately decided that she also wanted to experience Huntingtower so she is currently spending one month at Huntingtower.
We were delighted to have the support of many other old students, parents, grandparents and friends throughout the trip including relatives who flew in to attend our London concerts from Italy and Spain.
Hearty congratulations to every student involved for wonderful performances, many years of enthusiastic dedication and commitment and all having such a great sense of humour!
Enormous thanks are given to each student, to our amazing soloists Prue Davis and Jeff Crellin who were able to join us in Linz am Rhein and perform superbly in our 3 concerts in Germany (their company making our family feel "complete!") and to our fantastic supervisors, Mrs Jane Barker, Mrs Jan Tyquin and Mrs Oksana Melnychenko who were all absolutely invaluable and mighty towers of strength!
An experience never to forget!
HEARTY CONGRATULATIONS TO:
The members of the Dvorak Sextet who performed superbly at the final night of the Ringwood Eisteddfod at the Karralyka Theatre. The ensemble appeared as Guest Artists because they won first prize in the Open Ensemble section at the eisteddfod.
I cannot thank our Citizenship Ensemble performers and their parents enough for the amazing commitment they all show to these very important community events. A beautiful ceremony was held last week and there will be one more Citizenship Ceremony later this term.
Eddie Chen (Year 11) for receiving 3 prizes (1st, 2nd and 3rd in various sections) for his outstanding solo clarinet performances at the recent Clasax Society Competitions.
Paris Moore (Year 9), Renae Moore (Year 9) and Ethan Zheng (Year 3) who were accepted into State Music Camp and attended the camp in the first week of the school holidays performing in a final festive concert at Robert Blackwood Hall.
MUSIC DATES TERM 3 2016
1. WAVERLEY EISTEDDFOD
Commences Saturday 6 August, Orchestral Room
2. IPSHA CHORAL FESTIVAL
Junior Chamber Choir
Tuesday 16 August 7.30pm, Melbourne Town Hall
3. WAVERLEY EISTEDDFOD ENSEMBLE SECTIONS
Saturday 20 August 9am – 5pm, Orchestral Room
4. WAVERLEY EISTEDDFOD CHORAL SECTIONS
Saturday 22 August 5.30pm, Robert Blackwood Hall
5. MSO CONNECT CONCERT NO. 2
Monday 22 August 6.30pm, Hamer Hall
6. YEAR 8 SOLO CONCERT
Thursday 25 August 6.30pm, Orchestral Room
7. YERNGA RETIREMENT VILLAGE CONCERT
8. YEAR 9 SOLO CONCERT
Tuesday 6 September 6.30pm, Orchestral Room
9. VCE SOLO/GROUP RECITALS
During the Holidays TBA, Orchestral Room