SCEGGS DARLINGHURST

House Music - Beatles!
Get ready for this Friday as the Houses share their Beatles themed performances on the stage in the Great Hall! Our adjudicators for this year are Ms Jacqui Dark and Ms Tanya Christensen. The Rock ensembles “Small Seas” and “Second Nature” will also be performing while the final judging takes place. Looking forward to hearing the array of performances from each House.

International House Guests and the World Choral Festival
The Music Department is thrilled that SCEGGS’ Choirs are playing an important part in the Gondwana World Choral Festival in the third week of the school holidays. Only three Australian school choirs were invited to perform so we are feeling very fortunate to be chosen. The festival is the greatest gathering of international choirs in Australia this century and promises to be a life changing experience for our SCEGGS choristers. Our choristers, and some of our staff, have generously opened their homes for a week to billet the world famous Inner Mongolian Youth Choir. If you are interested in supporting our SCEGGS choristers in their performances then please click on the links below to secure tickets:

Wednesday July 17: 2.30pm: Harbour City 2 Concert featuring SCEGGS Darlinghurst and Inner Mongolian Youth Choir in Music Workshop Sydney Conservatorium of Music. Tickets to this concert can be purchased at: Wednesday Concert.

Sunday July 21: 3.00 – 5.00pm: Sounds of the World Closing Gala Concert at Sydney Opera House. Please note SCEGGS are not presenting their own bracket of songs in this concert but are singing in the final two massed items with the combined international choirs. This concert is selling out fast and features all of the international choirs so will be a once in a lifetime chance to hear some of the best choirs in the treble choir world all in one place. Please use the following link to book tickets: Sunday Concert.

Primary Piano Concert
Well done to the Piano students who performed in the concert last Friday afternoon in the Great Hall. It was wonderful to see the array of talented pianists who for some, was the first time they had played on a Steinway Grand! Thank you to Heidi Jones for her preparation and organisation of the concert.

Strings Studio Concert
Congratulations to the students who performed in the Strings Concert in the Primary Music Room. The concerts were held over three afternoons from Monday 24 to Wednesday 26 June. It was a positive learning experience for the string students, playing with the support of their family and friends. Thank you to Anne Sweeney for her organisation of the afternoon concerts. Thank you also to the team of String studio teachers and Stephanie Holmes who assisted with the accompaniment.


Upcoming performances in the Holidays and Term III:

World Choral Festival
Harbour City 2 Concert – Wednesday July 17 at 2.30pm
Featuring SCEGGS Darlinghurst Choirs and Inner Mongolian Youth Choir at Sydney Conservatorium of Music

Sounds of the World Closing Gala Concert - Sunday July 21 3.00 – 5.00pm
SCEGGS Darlinghurst Choir are performing in 2 massed items with combined International choirs at Sydney Opera House

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

 

Pauline Chow
Head of Music

 

 

Congratulations to Dakota Kedzier-Hurst (Year 9) who performed the introduction and recessional items for assembly. Dakota played excerpts from Mozart’s Piano Sonata in A minor.

Primary Percussion Ensemble Lunchtime Performance
Congratulations to members of the Primary Percussion Ensemble who had their lunch time concert last Thursday 13 June in the Primary Music Room. The students had a wonderful time! Thank you to Mrs Bronwyn Cleworth for her preparation and direction of the ensemble.

Amati Strings – RPA Arterie performance
Well done to the members of the Amati Strings ensemble who performed a short lunch time concert at the RPA as part of the Arterie program. Arterie is an Arts and Health program that was founded in 2013 and is currently delivered to Royal Prince Alfred Hospital - Arterie @ RPA - and Chris O'Brien Lifehouse - Arterie @ Lifehouse - both under the umbrella of the Local Sydney Health District (LSHD). This performance was a wonderful opportunity for the students to share their music with the wider community. Thank you to Mrs Anne Sweeney, Director of Strings, for her preparation and direction of the performance, and to Mr Peter Jewitt for his assistance on the day.

No rehearsals in Week 9 – House Music
Due to the final preparations for House Music, all music ensemble rehearsals have been cancelled in Week 9, except for Choir and Madrigal Ensemble which will be held as usual.

Upcoming Performances:

Thursday 20 June
SOH 6:30 – 8:20pm

 

SSO MTM Concert – Years 11 and 12 Music 1

Friday 21 June
Great Hall 3:30 – 4:15pm

 

Primary Piano Concert

Monday 24 to
Wednesday 26 June
Primary Music Room 3:30 – 4:15pm 

String Studio Concerts

 

Pauline Chow
Head of Music

 

 

Congratulations to Elizabeth Armour (Year 12) who is one of four students selected for a masterclass with Margaret Crawford in the Australian Flute Festival. This is a wonderful learning opportunity for Elizabeth who currently preparing her HSC Music 1 Performance program.

Year 11 Preliminary Music 1 and Music 2
Year 12 HSC Music 1 and 2/Extension Concerts
Well done to Year 11 and 12 students who performed in their respective class concerts. Year 11 students presented one piece each and Year 12 students presented two pieces each from their performance programs. Thank you to the class teachers Year 11 – Ms Alison Ryan (Music 1) and Ms Stephanie Holmes (Music 2), Mr Peter Jewitt (HSC Music 2) for their work preparing the students. Special thank you to Ms Heidi Jones for her accompaniment.

Contemporary Strings – Ardency Trebartha
Well done to the members of the Contemporary Strings ensemble who performed a short lunch time concert for the residents of Ardency Trebartha. The audience were delighted by the performance and it was a lovely way for the students to share their music with the wider community. Thank you to Mrs Anne Sweeney (Director of Strings) for her preparation and direction of the performance.


Strings at Ardency Trebartha

No rehearsals on Tuesday 18 June for Secondary Ensembles
Due to the Athletics Carnival on Tuesday 18 June, there will be no rehearsals for Van Reyk Percussion Ensemble, Clarion Concert Band and Contemporary Strings.
Morning rehearsal for Bugles’ Band will take place as usual.

Upcoming performances:
Primary Piano Concert
Friday 21 June, Great Hall 3:30 – 4:15pm

Amati Strings Performance
Wednesday 19 June, RPA 12:30 – 1:30pm

SSO MTM Concert – Years 11 and 12 Music 1
Thursday 20 June, SOH 6 – 8:30pm

String Studio Concerts
Monday 24 to Wednesday 26 June, Primary Music Rooms 3:30 – 4:15pm

Pauline Chow
Head of Music

 

 

Assembly Performance
Well done to Hiroi Migita (Year 12) who played the introduction and recession pieces for Ms Gyton on Monday. Hiroi played excerpts from Green Parrot Street by Peter Dasent. This work is part of Hiroi’s Music 2 Performance program. You will hear more from Hiroi and other Year 12 Music students who will be performing pieces from their HSC program in a concert next week.

Sensational Porridge!

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Congratulations to all Year 4 students who took part in the Year 4 Musical, Porridge! There were many memorable moments from the performance and the characters from nursery rhymes will never be seen in the same light after this production. Well done and congratulations to Mrs Bronwyn Cleworth for her preparation and direction of the performance. Thank you also to Ms Stephanie Holmes, Ms Jayne Groves and Mr Tim Paillas who were the musicians for the production.

Congratulations to Astrid Girdis (Year 10) who has completed her Grade 4 AMEB Singing examination. Astrid achieved an outstanding result for this examination and is to be congratulated for her hard work and preparation.

Vocal Soirée Performances
Well done to students of Ms Kylie Bailey who performed in lunchtime soirées held on Monday and Thursday of this week. Many of the students are quite new to this art form and should be congratulated for their hard work and perseverance in preparing for this performance. Thank you to Ms Bailey for her preparation of the students and to Ms Heidi Jones and Ms Stephanie Holmes for their accompaniment.

Upcoming Performances:
Year 11 Concert
The concert will feature performances by students studying Preliminary Music 1 and 2 courses. The performance will take place in the Great Hall Thursday 6 June, starting at 5:30pm.

Year 12 Concert
The concert will feature performances by students studying HSC Music 1, 2 and Extension courses. The performance will feature part of each student’s Performance program. The concert will be held in the Great Hall next Wednesday 12 June, commencing at 5:30pm.

Primary Piano Concert
This will take place in the Great Hall on Friday 21 June from 3.30pm - 4.30pm.

String Concerts
Join us on Monday 24 June, Tuesday 25 June or Wednesday 26 June (or all three days!) from 3.30pm - 4.15pm for the String Concert in the Primary Music Room.

Madrigals Excursion Reminder
A reminder that members of the Madrigal Ensemble will be attending Last Night of the Proms with Ms Allison Harrigan on Thursday 6 June at Sydney Opera House. The performance begins at 6:30pm, but students are required to meet Ms Harrigan at 6:00pm near the Box Office to collect their tickets.

Labelling of Instruments and Cases
All students who store their instruments in the Diana Bowman Centre must label their instruments/cases clearly. There have been some instances where students’ instruments have been mistaken for school instruments and were moved. Please check with members of the Music staff if you wish to borrow an instrument for short term use. Students are also encouraged to take their instruments home at the end of the day as there are limited spaces in the storeroom.

Pauline Chow
Head of Music

 

 

Year 4 Musical
Year 4 will be presenting their musical this Friday 31 May in the Great Hall. The performance will begin at 2.00pm. We look forward to seeing everyone there!


Congratulations to Annika Deitz (Year 10) who had just participated on the musical success of her tour with Gondwana Voices to London and Berlin over the past two weeks. Last night she performed in the famous Berlin Philharmonie with the Berlin Radio Choir and Rundfunk Symphony Orchestra singing a work by Australian composer Brett Dean. We are incredibly proud of Annika’s achievement in being chosen for this opportunity and look forward to hearing of her experiences when she returns this week.

Upcoming Performances
Year 11 Performance Concert
The concert will feature performances by students studying Preliminary Music 1 and 2 courses. The performance will take place in the Great Hall starting at 5.30pm.

Year 12 Performance Concert
The concert will feature performances by students studying HSC Music 1, 2 and Extension courses. The performance will feature part of each student’s Performance program. The concert will be held in the Great Hall commencing at 5:30pm.

Madrigals Excursion Reminder
A reminder that members of the Madrigal ensemble will be attending “Last Night of the Proms” with Ms Harrigan on Thursday 6 June at Sydney Opera House. The performance begins at 6:30pm but students are required to meet Ms Harrigan at 6.00pm near the Box Office to collect their tickets.


Billeting for Inner-Mongolian Choir

There are still a small number of choristers from the Inner-Mongolian Choir who will need a place to stay for their short time in Australia (it will take place in the third week of the school holidays). If you are interested, could you please contact Ms Harrigan for further details.

 

Pauline Chow
Head of Music

 

 

Reconciliation Week Assembly
BTGG 2019 05 23 2019 Reconciliation Week Assembly 8Well done to the Stage 2 and 3 students who sang along with the members of the Staff Choir in Monday’s Reconciliation assembly. The students and choir were also accompanied by members of the Year 5 Percussion ensemble as they performed the Indigenous and Torres Strait Island song, Inanay.

Thank you to Mrs Bronwyn Cleworth and Mrs Alexandra Dalman for their preparation of the performance.


From Little Things Big Things Grow
The Year 7 Music classes are currently studying the topic, From Little Things Big Things Grow, which focuses on the songs from Indigenous culture and Torres Strait Island. Inanay is one of the many songs that the students will be learning from the study of this unit.

Beginners’ Band
A reminder that Beginners’ Band will be held this Friday, despite the absence of the Year 3 and 5 students who are away on camp. The band is making exciting new sounds and we look forward to hearing their progress.

Pauline Chow
Head of Music

 

 

Well done to all the students who participated in the performances in Musicale 2 which was held on Monday 13 May in the Great Hall. The concert featured co-curricular string, choral, band and percussion ensembles from the Secondary School. Thank you to our Music Captain and Music Ensemble Leaders who did a wonderful job introducing the items. Special thank you also to all the Ensemble conductors and tutors who have assisted with the direction and preparation of the students for the performances.

Thank You to the members of Amati Strings who performed in the Musical Soiree hosted by the Old Girls Union last Thursday 9 May in the Great Hall. It was a wonderful evening which featured performances from Old Girls who have now forged a career in Music. Thank you to Mrs Anne Sweeney who prepared and directed the ensemble for the evening’s performance.

AMEB Examinations – Trumpet and Theory
Congratulations to the following Primary students who have completed the following AMEB examinations:

Charlotte FitzSimons (Year 9) – Grade 8 Trumpet
Nicola Allen (Year 8) – Grade 1 Theory

Well done girls on your achievement!

Pauline Chow
Head of Music

 

 

Assembly Performance
Well done to Madison Au (Yr 9) who performed the 1st movement of Joseph Haydn’s Oboe Concerto in C major. Madison was the winner of both the Outstanding Musician from the Junior Secondary school and the Outstanding Musician of the SCEGGS Eisteddfod. Over the holidays, Madison had also toured with the Sydney Youth Orchestra performing in various venues throughout the United Kingdom.

Musicale 2 - Monday 13 May 6:00pm in the Great Hall. This concert will feature a fabulous line up of the co-curricular ensembles from the Secondary School. We look forward to seeing everyone there!

AMEB Examinations - Violin
Congratulations to the following Primary students who have completed their violin exams at the Clarence Street studios:

Olivia Flanagan (Year 2) Preliminary Grade
Olivia Chua (Year 2)  Preliminary Grade
Allegra James (Year 3) Preliminary Grade
Sophie Downes (Year 3) Preliminary Grade
Radha Bhindi (Year 3) Preliminary Grade
Sophia Barry (Year 6) Grade 4
Ella McCormack (Year 6)  Grade 1


Thank you to Anne Sweeney, Dominique Gallery and Kathryn Crossing for their careful preparation of the students.

Pauline Chow
Head of Music

 

 

Easter Service
The Easter service which was held at the end of last term was a beautiful service filled with wonderful music. Well done to the students who performed in both the evening and morning Easter services. The students sang beautifully and performed some rather challenging pieces. Special thank you to Allison Harrigan for her direction and preparation of the choral groups for the service. Thank you also to Bronwyn Cleworth, Anne Sweeney, Stephanie Holmes and Heinz Schweers for their involvement with different ensembles throughout the service.

ANZAC Service
Thank you to the members of the Holst Wind Ensemble who performed at the school’s special ANZAC day service. It was a solemn and moving service. Congratulations to Sarah McNaughton who played the Last Post and Reveille at the service, this was an amazing achievement. Special thank you to Mr Jewitt for his preparation and direction of the performance.

More Musical Offerings...
Musicale 2 – Monday 13 May 6pm at the Great Hall. This concert will feature a fabulous line up of the co-curricular ensembles from the Secondary School. We look forward to seeing everyone there!

Beginner’s Band
The very first Beginner's Band rehearsal will be held on Friday 3 May. Rehearsals will be held in the Primary Music Room from 7:30am – 8:10am. We look forward to putting this enthusiastic bunch of musicians together!

International House Guests?
SCEGGS has been invited to be a Partner Choir for the Gondwana World Choral Festival to be held in Sydney in July 2019. The School Choir and Madrigal Ensemble will be performing in this international festival alongside choirs from Estonia, Canada, France, Latvia, USA, Japan, China and Mongolia. SCEGGS are hosting family accommodation for the Inner Mongolia Youth Choir. At this stage many choristers in our School Choir and Madrigal Ensemble have committed to performing in the festival but we need further support from the school wide community to assist with the billeting of the 50 male and female singers who are travelling from the Inner Mongolian grasslands. The choristers are aged between 10 – 16 years old and they will need to be billeted in a minimum of pairs. This billeting commitment is in the third week of the school holidays not during school term time.

Host families will need to provide breakfast, and a packed lunch each day and dinner at home some evenings. They will also need to transport their billets to and from the Sydney Conservatorium of Music each day. This might be a combination of individual travel in cars, travel in school buses and group travel on public transport. This is a wonderful opportunity for a true cultural exchange with students from a very different country to our own. IMYC will be arriving at SCEGGS Darlinghurst on Sunday 14 July and departing from SCEGGS on Monday 22 July so transport to and from the airport is not required.

Please contact our Director of Choral Programmes, Allison Harrigan allisonharrigan@sceggs.nsw.edu.au if you are able to welcome these children of the Inner Mongolian herders into your homes.

Pauline Chow
Head of Music

 

 

Congratulations to members of the Bugles Band in the Primary School. Last Tuesday was a lovely chance to celebrate some of their achievements. The day began with an open rehearsal, where they shared some music with parents and Year 6 students were recognised for their contribution. We also recognised four students who had 100% attendance for the ENTIRE year: congratulations to Mia Costa, Hannah Guest, Julia Richards and Alexandra West!  At lunchtime the band performed in the Primary School. They added a little Christmas cheer to the playground and Baby Shark was a popular piece to move to!

Well done to the 23 students from the studios of Jonathan Whitting, Kathryn Crossing and Dominique Gallery who achieved very pleasing results in their AMEB examinations last Friday.

Great work those students who recently performed at the Suzuki graduation concert.

Pauline Chow
Head of Music