Performing Arts

Performing Arts

As term 1 draws to a rapid close there is a great deal of activity in Performing Arts. While it has been a very busy term, much has been achieved which will provide positive dividends in the months ahead.

Wicked

Wicked rehearsals have been so hectic with such a huge show to develop and for the students to learn. With a very exciting and talented cast of 47 students and the orchestra of 19, rehearsals have been packed full of wonderful music and singing, dramatic and often funny acting as well as the costumes, sets and tech all being sourced and put together by an amazing team of teachers and other professionals. Tickets are on sale NOW and are rushing out the door, don’t miss out. Go to, https://trybooking.com/484062 to secure your tickets.

ANZAC Commemorative Tour

On Tuesday 16 April, 16 students plus Sam Hore (Old Scholar) along with me and Annie Kwok will be flying out of Adelaide heading for Paris, France. This incredible 16 day tour of Paris, Belgium, Northern France (WW1 Battlefields) and London is built around some very important events where our students will be very prominent including the 2019 Fromelles Anzac Day Commemorative Service, the Villers-Bretonneux Dawn Service, London Old Scholars Dinner along with many other significant highlights. The 16 students have been rehearsing every week in preparation of forming a musical group (choir and small band) to be able to perform at these and other special performances.

While we are in Europe, Jo and Mark Bourchier will be travelling with us and not only assisting with the tour but also to witness the special commemoration of 16 fallen old scholars who all lost their lives in the service of their country and of Pulteney Grammar in World War 1 on the Somme and Northern France battlefields. Our Principal, Anne Dunstan and her partner Benjamin, will also be joining us for the two ANZAC Services and the Old Scholars Dinner.

This will be the first time a musical group will be guests at the London Old Scholars Dinner as well as performing for the gathering.

I look forward to reporting to you all early in Term 2, on how our adventure unfolded.

2019 Music Co-Curricular Program

This year we again have an extensive music co-curricular program involving nearly 300 students. The ensembles currently in rehearsal include the Senior Concert Band, Stage Band 1 and 2, Senior and Junior Percussion Ensemble, String Quartet and Senior Stings, Junior Strings, Junior Concert Choir, Senior Concert Choir, Grammarphones, Senior and Junior Drum Corps, Hand Bells, Jazz on the Terrace, as well as several other groups including our Year 11 Rock Band who rehearse independently of staff direction. This group will feature at the Gig@theGov on Tuesday 27 August.

This Friday at 7.30pm in Wyatt Hall the annual Cabaret takes place, featuring the stage bands, jazz choirs, featured Yr 12 singers, our two jazz choirs as well as a special performance by some of our talented music tutors. Tickets are available at https://www.trybooking.com/BBFFNIt is always a tremendous night so please come along and have fun. Food is provided along with a bar, raffle tickets and silent auction as well as great music.

Other Important Dates

In term 2 and 3 we have some other fantastic events so please take note of the dates listed below and get your diary sorted in advance!

Thursday 9 May Music Soiree #1 Chapel 6pm

May 23, 24, 25 Wicked, Norwood Concert Hall

Week 8 Term 2 Adelaide Choral Eisteddfod – Senior and Junior Concert Choir (Dates to be advised)

Thursday 8 August Pulteney Inaugural Classic Concert – Wyatt Hall 7pm

August 4, 5, 6 ABODA Band Festival, Westminster School (more details to come soon)

Tuesday 20 August Pulteney Inaugural Dance Concert – Wyatt Hall 7pm

Tuesday 27 August Gig@theGov 7.30pm

Wednesday 25 September Prep’s Preptacular – Adelaide Town Hall 7pm

 

Jonathon Rice

Learning Area Leader Performing Arts

Coordinator of Performance and Instrumental Music Programs