Music Notes

WAVERLEY EISTEDDFOD

Hearty congratulations and sincere thanks must be given to the 200 students who participated in the Waverley Eisteddfod. The high quality of music making and the exceptional standard achieved by every student is amazing. Hours of hard work and commitment have been given by all students and their individual and combined dedication is thoroughly appreciated.

On Saturday 20 August 150 Huntingtower instrumentalists performed magnificently in the Ensemble sections. Unfortunately, very large groups were unable to perform this year (no PAC available) but as many students as possible performed in smaller ensembles.

On Monday 22 August the Huntingtower Senior Chamber Choir and Middle School Chamber Choir both sang superbly in the Secondary Chamber Choir section. Hearty congratulations and sincere gratitude to Mrs Sutton, Rhianwen Bramble and the choristers for their thorough and enthusiastic preparation.

The behaviour and concentration of every student in every section was amazing – we are all extremely proud of and grateful to you all.

The following wonderful results were achieved:

Secondary Chamber Choirs

2nd Prize – Huntingtower Senior Chamber Choir

Honourable Mention 3rd place – Huntingtower Middle School Chamber Choir

14 years and under Large Ensemble

1st prize – Huntingtower Brahms Orchestra

2nd prize – Huntingtower Folk Orchestra

15 years and under Small Ensemble

3rd prize – Huntingtower Khachaturian Trio

Honourable Mention – Huntingtower Haydn Trio

18 years and under Large Ensemble

1st prize – Huntingtower String Orchestra

21 years and under Small Ensemble

3rd prize – Huntingtower Mendelssohn Quartet

A special mention must also be given to the Huntingtower Small Concert Band players who all worked extremelyand they performed superbly receiving 92 points.


SOLO CONCERTS

Hearty congratulations to the very talented Year 8 students who presented a wonderful solo concert this week. Every item was thoroughly prepared and presented and a very high standard was reached by every performer. We are extremely grateful to all our musicians in the school for working so hard and sharing their amazing talents with us. We are now looking forward to the Year 9 Solo Concert on Tuesday 6 September at 6.30pm in the Orchestral Room. Please come along and enjoy a wonderful variety of music from our very talented Year 9 students.

Solo concerts for Year 7, 10, Prep, 1, 2 and the Middle School Concert Band will be held during Term 4. There will also be a series of solo concerts during the holidays for students preparing for VCE solo performances and for AMEB exams.


ARTS IN THE ROUND

Sunday 9 October 2pm

A wonderful Arts Festival will be held this year to replace our annual Huntingtower Camerata Gala Concert whilst there is no PAC available. The Arts Festival will feature all performing and visual arts (music, art, drama, poetry, media, Indonesian poetry, design and technology) and an archive display will be set up.

The afternoon will also incorporate the Official Opening of the Middle Years Centre.

An official timetable of all activities will be sent to all families but the music timetable will be as follows.

2pm

Middle School Chamber Choir

Year 7/8 Choir

Middle School Orchestra

2.30pm

Junior Choir

Junior Chamber Choir

Junior Orchestra

3pm

Official Opening of the Middle Years Centre

Senior Chamber Choir

String Orchestra

3.45pm

Concert Band

Senior Choir

Senior Orchestra

All members of these groups will be required.

Please put the date (9 October at 2pm) in your diary now and come along for a FANTASTIC TIME!


MSO CONNECT

Last Friday we were extremely privileged to have four wonderful musicians from the MSO come to our Senior Orchestra rehearsal. They gave specialised tutorials with small sections of the orchestra and then came and performed with the full Senior Orchestra. What a magnificent opportunity for our musicians to work so closely with these world class players!

The MSO players all volunteered to come as part of the MSO Connect Programme and they were four of our fantastic Huntingtower parents (of past students now!) – Prudence Davis and Jeffrey Crellin (parents of Max and Martin) and Julie and Geoffrey Payne (parents of Lauren and Grace). We are extremely grateful for this fantastic opportunity!


HEARTY CONGRATULATIONS TO:


  • The Junior Chamber Choir who performed recently at the IPSHA Choral Festival at the Melbourne Town Hall. The Chamber Choir sang superbly in the lovely acoustics of the Town Hall and despite being one of the smallest choirs our young singers projected a beautiful, clear, cantabile sound and delighted the extremely large audience. Sincere thanks and hearty congratulations to Mrs Anne Wilson for her wonderful enthusiasm and expertise.
  • Mia Rowland who received 3rd prize in the Drumtek Up and Coming Drummer Competition – an amazing achievement!
  • All the students who performed so well in the Solo sections of the Waverley Eisteddfod. The following outstanding results were achieved:

18 y and under String Solo

Honourable Mention – Kiara Kim

16 y and under Woodwind/Brass Solo

2nd prize – Eddie Chen

12 y and under String Solo

Honourable Mention – Aaron Zhang

10 y and under Piano Solo

2nd prize – Ethan Zheng



ARE YOU GETTING MARRIED, HAVING A 50TH WEDDING ANNIVERSARY PARTY OR ORGANISING A BUSINESS DINNER?

Huntingtower musicians would be very willing to provide a small (or large) ensemble to play beautiful music in a wide variety of styles at any occasion. They have a very comprehensive "gig"folder that includes many special requests. A small fee would be charged as fundraising for the Huntingtower Music Department.



MUSIC DATES TERM 3 2016

YEAR 9 SOLO CONCERT

Tuesday 6 September 6.30pm, Orchestral Room

VCE SOLO/GROUP RECITALS

During the Holidays TBA, Orchestral Room


MUSIC DATES TERM 4 2016

ARTS IN THE ROUND

Sunday 9 October 2:30pm

YEAR 7 SOLO CONCERT

Thursday 13 October 6.30pm, Orchestral Room

YEAR 10, 11 and 12 SOLO CONCERT

Monday 24 October 6.30pm, Orchestral Room

MIDDLE SCHOOL CONCERT BAND CONCERT

Thursday 3 November 6pm, Orchestral Room

HUNTINGTOWER FETE (Senior/Middle School Orchestras, Concert Band)

Saturday 5 November 10.30am-12 noon

LITTLE SYMPHONY SOLO CONCERT

Tuesday 15 November 6pm, Orchestral Room

LITTLE SYMPHONY AND LITTLE CHOIR CONCERT

Thursday 24 November 6pm, Orchestral Room

JUNIOR SPEECH NIGHT

Friday 2 December 6pm

SENIOR ORCHESTRA BREAK-UP TEA and SPEECH NIGHT REHEARSAL

Sunday 4 December 5.30pm-8.30pm, Orchestral Room

SENIOR SPEECH DAY

Saturday 10 December 2.30pm, Robert Blackwood Hall