Once again, a group of music students travelled to the 2019 Balaklava Eisteddfod held each year in the lower mid north town of Balaklava. This year we had a smaller contingent including the Grammarphones Choir, Handbells Ensemble, Jazz on the Terrace, Small Jazz Vocal Ensemble and Stage Band 2. Sadly, due to conflicts with sport the Concert Band and Stage Band 1 were not able to compete this year. None the less, our students performed to a very high standard and were rewarded with Handbells winning second place and Small Jazz Vocal receiving an Honourable mention in their large division. I was thrilled with the way all our ensembles performed especially Jazz on the Terrace, who sang brilliantly. For most members of the Stage Band 2 it was their first experience at competing in this Eisteddfod. After their previous experience at Generations in Jazz, these young musicians are gradually developing their craft and gaining critical performance experience. I can’t wait to hear them at ABODA SA this week. The Grammarphones also performed to a very high standard and I was thrilled to hear them sing so well. This group will also be performing in our inaugural Classical Concert later this term. I would like to thank some of my music team for their contribution in preparing the students for this competition and for their support on the day, thank you Katia Labozzetta, Annie Kwok, Ross Burford, Sam Hicks, Meredith Wilson and Ali O’Connell.
Virtual War Memorial Australia Luncheon Event
On Thursday 8 August, we presented over 65 students including members of the Concert Choir, Concert Band and Senior Strings Ensemble to the fundraising luncheon for the Virtual War Memorial Australia at the Adelaide Oval. We performed music as guests arrived, then presented the Vice Regal Salute for the Governors arrival. There were over 350 guests at the event including the SA Minister for Education Mr John Gardner, His Excellency, the Honourable Hieu Van Le AC, CEO of VWMA, Sharyn Roberts as well as our Principal Anne Dunstan, Deputy Principal, Greg Atterton and many others. The highlight of our performance was the playing of the song 'Fromelles' from the musical, The Front, by Lane Hinchcliffe who was also present for the performance. We also presented this piece with the combined forces of the Concert Choir, Concert Band and Strings. While we played, we presented a 5 minute video of the 2019 ANZAC Commemorative Tour. It was a huge event and I would like to take this opportunity to thank Sharyn Roberts as well as Ali O’Connell, Annie Kwok and Meredith Wilson for there support of our students.
Gig@thegov “The 1990’s”
Tuesday 27th August is this year’s Gig@thegov evening. Tickets are available now at www.trybooking.com/BEGZY We are all looking forward to presenting this years gig at the gov with special guests John McCall and Mark McGarry as well as an Old Scholars jazz choir, several year level rock bands as well our wonderful jazz choirs and stage bands. Dinner is available from 6pm if you book directly with Gov Hindmarsh Hotel. The show starts at 7.30 with pre-show entertainment from 7pm. See you all there!
After introducing dance to our performing arts co-curricular program in 2018 through a collaboration with Ding Productions Inc and Artistic Director Jo Casson, we are so excited to promote our schools first ever Dance Concert. I am thrilled to be able to present this our 2019 Dance Concert in Wyatt Hall on Tuesday 20th August 6.30 pm with tickets available at www.trybooking.com/BDSVD or on the door. The concert will include the three co-curricular dance troupes, Kurrajong, Prep and MS/SS as well as other solo and small group items. Don’t miss out on this inaugural concert.
Learning Area Leader Performing Arts
Coordinator of Performance and Instrumental Music Programs