SCEGGS DARLINGHURST

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

 

 

Collect your instruments!
A reminder for ALL students who have left their instruments in the storage in the Music Department to come and collect them before next Wednesday 5 December. Instruments need attention and care – just like your family pets! Christmas is also an ideal time for your family to listen to lovely music and renditions of Christmas songs.

The K-2 Music Concert took place on Friday 23 November in the Great Hall. Students from K-2 took part in the performance of Indigenous songs and dance with Mr Matthew Doyle. Special thank you to Mrs Bronwyn Cleworth for her excellent direction.

Congratulations to the members of the Madrigal Ensemble who performed in the QVB on Tuesday 27 November as part of the building’s Carols at the QVB Christmas celebrations. Special thank you to Miss Allison Harrigan for her direction of the choir and Ms Heidi Jones for her accompaniment.

Well done to members of the Contemporary Strings Ensemble who played for the residents at Elizabeth Lodge on Tuesday 27 November. Students provided rousing renditions of Christmas carols for the residents of the home. Many thanks to Mr Jonathan Whitting for his direction of the string ensemble. A wonderful initiative to spread Christmas cheer in our local community.

Fecit potentiam sound files of the different vocal parts are available to download from the Cognito page. This is one of the best ways to prepare and learn your parts in preparation for Speech Night.

Rehearsals until the end of Term... A reminder for ALL students in the Co-curricular Music program to check their ensemble’s schedule and be prompt to rehearsals. There are important performances that will be taking place and they can’t be done without regular attendance by EVERYONE.

If for whatever reason you cannot attend, please do the courtesy of letting your conductor or Mr Jewitt know ahead of the rehearsal.

Pauline Chow
Head of Music

 

 

Well Done to Madison Au and Olivia Papadakis (both Year 8) who played the Introduction and Recessional pieces on the piano in Assembly in Weeks 5 and 6 respectively. It was lovely to have both of these musical contributions.

Thank You to members of the Amati String Ensemble who provided musical entertainment for the opening of the Old Girls’ Art Exhibition on 14 November. Thank you also to Mr Jonathan Whitting who prepared the students for this performance.

“Don’t Stop the Music” is the title of a 3-part documentary currently showing on the ABC. The documentary follows a school principal’s implementation of a music program (with musical experts) in a disadvantaged Primary school in W.A. The program highlights the transformative effects of music teaching as well as the effect of music education on enhancing a child’s ability to learn. A MUST watch to highlight the importance of music and what parents can do to support their child’s musical journey.

Fecit Potentiam - sound files of the different vocal parts are available to download from the Cognito page. This is one of the best ways to prepare and learn your parts in preparation for Speech Night.

Form Lunch Competition – the race is on for the best Form class who can perform Fecit Potentiam by memory! Piano accompaniment will be provided. Check Cognito for the rules. May the best Form WIN!

Rehearsals till the end of Term...A reminder for ALL students in the co-curricular Music program to check their ensemble’s schedule and be prompt to rehearsals. There are important performances that will be taking place and they can’t be done without regular attendance by EVERYONE. If for whatever reason you cannot attend, please do the courtesy of letting your conductor or Mr Jewitt know ahead of the rehearsal.

Congratulations to the students who performed in the following concerts:

Flute & Clarinet Concert (students of Kellie Grennan and Nicole Barrett) – held on Tuesday 20 November
Saxophone Concert (students of Melinda Atkins) – held on Wednesday 21 November

Wonderful performances from each student. Many thanks to the music tutors – Ms Kellie Grennan, Ms Nicole Barrett and Ms Melinda Atkins - for their careful preparation and support.

Forthcoming Performances in Week 6
K – 2 Primary Music Concert – Friday 23 November 2.00pm in the SCEGGS Great Hall.

Pauline Chow
Head of Music

 

 

Fecit Potentiam - sound files of the different vocal parts are available to download from the Cognito page. This is one of the best ways to prepare and learn your parts in preparation for Speech Night.

Form Lunch Competition – the race is on for the best Form class who can perform Fecit Potentiam by memory! Piano accompaniment will be provided. Check Cognito for the rules. May the best Form WIN!

Rehearsals till the end of Term... A reminder for ALL students in the Co-curricular Music program to check their ensemble’s schedule and be prompt to rehearsals. There are important performances that will be taking place and they can’t be done without regular attendance by EVERYONE. If for whatever reason you cannot attend, please do the courtesy of letting your conductor or Mr Jewitt know ahead of the rehearsal.

Congratulations to the students who performed in the following concerts:

Brass Lunchtime Concert – Monday 12 November
Eloise Evans’ Lunchtime Vocal Concert – Wednesday 14 November
Helen Saltos’ Vocal Concert – Thursday 15 November

It was lovely to hear the beautiful performances and the progression in each student. Many thanks to the music tutors – Mr Gergely Mályusz, Ms Eloise Evans and Ms Helen Saltos - for their careful preparation and support.

Forthcoming Performances in Week 6

Flute & Clarinet Concert (students of Kellie Grennan and Nicole Barrett) – Tuesday 20 November 1:10 to 1:40pm in Primary Music Room.
Saxophone Concert (students of Melinda Atkins) – Wednesday 21 November 1:10 to 1:40pm in Primary Music Room.
K – 2 Primary Music Concert – Friday 23 November 2:00pm in the Great Hall.

Pauline Chow
Head of Music

 

 

Well done to the students who performed in the Year 6 Musical last Friday night. It was an energetic performance with wonderful singing, outstanding choreography and dancing. Special thank you to Mrs Alexandra Dalman for preparing and directing the students for the performance.

Fecit Potentiam sound files of the different vocal parts are available to download from the Cognito page. This is one of the best ways to prepare and learn your parts in preparation for Speech Night.

Vocal Soirée Week 4
Thursday 8 November 3.30pm – students of Kylie Bailey will be performing in DB1. We look forward to seeing you there.

Week 5 Concerts
Brass Lunchtime Concert – Monday 12 November in DB1, 1.10pm-1.40pm
Eloise Evans’ Lunchtime Vocal Concert – Wednesday 14 November in DB1,1.10pm-1.40pm
Helen Saltos’ Vocal Concert – Thursday 15 November in DB1, 3:30pm-5.00pm

 

Pauline Chow
Acting Head of Music

 

 

Congratulations
Students who performed as part of the Twilight Concert 1 and/or 2. Both concerts featured an amazing array of performances and a representation of the ensembles from Primary to Secondary. Thank you to all the Music staff and tutors, who worked to prepare and direct the performances.

Well done to Astrid Girdis (Year 9) who successfully auditioned and was selected for the National Choral School in January 2019. This is a wonderful opportunity for Astrid to develop her choral singing and to have the opportunity to work with top choral conductors from overseas as well as Australia.

Well done to all the students who had performed as part of the Primary String Concert on Monday to Wednesday. It was lovely to hear the diverse performances from the students. Thank you to all the string tutors - Ms Rachel Valentine, Ms Evelyn Cirevski, Ms Kathryn Crossing and Ms Dominique Gallery - who prepared the students for the performances. Special thanks to Mr Whitting for co-ordinating the event.

Thank You and Farewell
It is with great sadness that we express our gratitude and thanks to the wonderful work by Mr Jonathan Whitting. After 22 years service at SCEGGS, Mr Whitting will be leaving our school to pursue other endeavours. It is because of the hard work by Mr Whitting that we have had generations of SCEGGS string players emerge from Primary through to Secondary. We will never forget the care he has taken nurturing young string players and guiding them through the string ensembles in the co-curricular programme. I know that Mr Whitting will be very much missed. We wish him the very best as he pursues his ventures beyond the Green Gate.

Fecit Potentiam
Sound files of the different vocal parts are available to download from the Cognito page. A great way to prepare and learn your parts in preparation for Speech Night.

Vocal Soirée Week 4
Thursday 8 November 3.30pm – students of Kylie Bailey will be performing in DB1. We look forward to seeing you there.

Vale Richard Gill OA
Many people in our school community may have known or heard of Richard Gill, a famous conductor, teacher and a tireless, passionate advocate of Music education in Australia. Many of the elective Music students here at SCEGGS would have attended a concert conducted by Mr Gill and experienced his ability to draw students’ attention to the repertoire performed or leading them into rousing rendition of songs before a performance.

Mr Gill has also appeared for a time on the former ABC program, Spicks and Specks, and as a guest on Q&A to speak about the importance of Music education and the accessibility of music for all children.

Sadly, Mr Gill passed away in his home early Sunday morning 28 October, after a courageous battle with cancer. His legacy of music education being taught in every classroom will live on here at SCEGGS - Don’t give up on the Music!

Pauline Chow
Head of Music

 

 

Congratulations
Well done to the following students who have successfully applied to take part in the National Choral School during the January school Holidays: Marie Karantanis (Year 10), Isabella Habib (Year 9), Scarlett Gibson-Williams (Year 8), Scarlett Pearce (Year 8), Eva Harris (Year 7) and Nicola Allen (Year 7).

Congratulations to Annika Deitz (Year 9) for her successful application to the Gondwana Voices’ German Tour in 2019. Annika will be one of 40 singers selected from all over Australia to participate in the performance of Brett Dean’s Vexations and Devotions with the Berlin Radio Symphony Orchestra in the fantastic Berlin Philharmonie. To prepare for this tour, Annika will participate in a fortnight’s residential program during the January school holidays. Well done, Annika!

Well done to Ms Ryan’s Year 9 Elective Music class who performed in their class’ Lunchtime Concert last Thursday 18 October. The students’ performances are part of their preparation for their Music assessment in Week 3. Thank you also to Ms Heidi Jones who rehearsed and accompanied each student for the concert.

Congratulations to the students who performed as part of RSCM’s (Royal School of Church Music) Senior and Junior School Festival. The senior choral ensembles (Choir and Madrigal Ensemble) performed on Monday 22 October while the junior choral ensemble (Cantare) performed the following day. The event took place at St Andrew’s Cathedral and was directed by Dr Stephen Darlington from Christ Church, Oxford. It was a wonderful opportunity for the girls to sing traditional English sacred music in the setting of the magnificent St Andrew’s Cathedral with the treble choirs from Loreto Kirribilli and the tenors and basses from The King’s School. Thank you to Ms Allison Harrigan, Ms Stephanie Holmes and choral assistants; Miss Ginger Rose Harrington and Miss Alice Kotowicz, who helped to prepare and supervise the students during the event.

Fecit Potentiam
This is the work the whole school is performing at Speech Night. The work is composed by Norwegian composer Kim Arnesen and is part of his “Magnificat”. Rehearsals have started this week in Chapel and the very best way for students to learn their part is to listen to the vocal tracks on Cognito and sing along!

Twilight Concert 1
This concert features Bands on Thursday 25 October at 5.00pm and Twilight Concert 2 features Strings on Friday 26 October at 5.00pm. Both concerts will be held in the SCEGGS Great Hall. We look forward to seeing you there!

Pauline Chow
Head of Music

 

 

Congratulations to the following students who have been appointed to the following positions:

Music Captain: Lola Bretag

Music Committee:
Bands: Elenarose Plaister
Choral: Jedda Thorley
Rock: Amber Boyden
Strings: Erin Zikos

Twilight Concert 1 features bands on Thursday 25 October at 5.00pm and Twilight Concert 2 features strings on Friday 26 October at 5.00pm. Both concerts will be held in the SCEGGS Great Hall. We look forward to seeing you there!

Pauline Chow
Head of Music

 

 

Congratulations to the students who have performed in the following concerts:

  • Year 8 Elective Music Concert
  • Primary Piano Concert
  • Percussion Soirée
  • Year 10 Elective Music Concert

It’s wonderful to have everyone participate in these performances. We look forward to more of these performance opportunities in the future.

Well done to Jedda Thorley (Year 10) who completed her 8th Grade Violin examination and passed with ‘flying colours’. A terrific achievement!

Thank you to members of the Madrigal Ensemble who performed in the Year 12 Farewell Service on Sunday 23 September. Special thank you also to Chloe Cheong (Year 12) who played the violin as a feature in an item, and to Ms Allison Harrigan who directed the performance.

Pauline Chow
Acting Head of Music