Music Matters

Gondwana World Choral Festival
Mighty congratulations to the students who performed in the SCEGGS Choir as part of the Gondwana World Choral Festival in the third week of the school holidays. As one of only three Australian school choirs that were invited to perform, the students were magnificent cultural ambassadors and representatives of SCEGGS Choral program. Our choristers performed at the Sydney Conservatorium and Sydney Opera House alongside many of the world’s leading choirs from France, Estonia, Latvia, France, the USA and China as well as playing host to the famous Inner Mongolian Youth Choir. Thank you so much to the families of the following students who welcomed Inner Mongolian choristers into their homes for a week: Nathalie Wilder, Lily Hallgath-Jolly, Annika Deitz, Mikayla Maher, Maggie-Rose Dunlop, Dakota Kedzier-Hurst, Astrid Girdis, Millie Hughes, Eva Harris, Scarlett Pearce, Jemima Louie Smith and Anna Gesouras. Special thanks to Languages teacher Judith Vrachnas for housing four Mongolians during the festival!

This opportunity and experience would not have been possible without the organisation of Ms Allison Harrigan who has spent many months working alongside Gondwana Choirs to make our participation in this international event possible. Thank you also to music staff Mr Heinz Schweers, Mrs Anne Sweeney, Ms Holmes, Miss Ginger-Rose Harrington and Ms Alice Kotowicz and SCEGGS sound wizard Ms Eddi Goodfellow who accompanied and assisted with this performance.


Annual NSW School Band Competition
The Holst Concert Band will be participating in the Annual NSW School Band Festival. The students will be performing in the Graham Lloyd Concert Band Event. The competition will take place this Sunday 28 July at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music. Students will be dressed in full Winter School uniform. Please remember to bring your instrument. Mr Jewitt and Mr Brown (Director of the Holst Concert Band) will be meeting students at the venue at 12.15pm.

Foundation Day Assembly
Thank you to the members of the School Choir and Madrigal choir who led the singing at the school’s Foundation Day Assembly. Thank you to Ms Harrigan for her direction.

HSC Music 1 and 2/Extension Performance Evening – 4.00 pm, Thursday 25 July, Great Hall
Year 12 Music students studying Music 1 or Music 2/Extension will be performing a selection of their Performance pieces on Thursday 25 July.

Please note the starting time for the concert is at 4.00pm.

We look forward to seeing friends and family there to support the students. This concert forms as part of their preparation for the upcoming Trial examinations which will take place in Week 4.

Australian Flute Festival Master Class
Congratulations to Year 12 student Elizabeth Armour who participated in a Flute masterclass with renowned Australian Flute pedagogue Margaret Crawford during the school holidays. Elizabeth was the only secondary student to be selected for this masterclass of four students. Well done Elizabeth!

Upcoming performances in Term 3:
Annual NSW School Band Competition – Holst Band
Date/Time – Sunday 28 July 2019, 12 noon.
Venue – Sydney Conservatorium of Music

ASBOF (Australian School Band and Orchestra Festival) – Amati Strings, Chamber Strings and Sinfonietta
Date – Sunday 8 September 2019
Venue – University of NSW, Clancy Auditorium, 9 High St, Kensington
a link to the website so that parents can read a bit more about the Festival:

 Pauline Chow
Head of Music