The 2019 Pulteney production of Wicked – The Musical is on track and I must say how thrilled I am with the standard of work the cast is doing. I know this will be an epic production and I can’t wait for production week, with performances on Thursday 23, Friday 24 and Saturday 25th May at the Norwood Concert Hall. Tickets will be released soon so keep and eye on this space!
Guest Artists – Stage Band 1 Greg Carger
On Monday 25th February, we were lucky enough to secure some time with an extraordinary musician and band leader, Mr Greg Carger. Greg has been a professional musician for over thirty years across Australia and all round the world. His expertise with stage bands and their repertoire is amazing and the work he did with the band last week was tremendous. Greg spent the rehearsal looking at our three pieces for the fast-approaching Generations in Jazz 2019 National Stage Band and Jazz Vocal Competition held every year at Mt Gambier under the leadership of James Morrison, who is one of the leading jazz musicians on the planet.
This year we will be taking the Stage Band 1, Stage Band 2, Jazz on the Terrace (who placed second last year) and the Small Jazz Vocal group. SB2 is directed by Sam Hicks, our trumpet teacher and the jazz vocal groups are co-directed by our two vocal teachers Katia Labozzetta and Ross Burford. Going to Generations is a huge highlight. We have been participating each year since 2016 and it is now firmly entrenched in our musical calander. If you are considering attending, please book your tickets to the Saturday night concert and accommodation URGENLTY. See the GIJ web site for details. For the parents of the students going to GIJ this year, a letter will be sent home soon with all the details you need to know.
This years fantastic Cabaret will be on Friday 5th April 7pm for 7.30pm in Wyatt Hall. The line up of this years entertainment includes Stage Band 1 and 2, Jazz on the Terrace, several senior vocal soloists, Small Jazz Vocal and the Small Jazz Group as well as a features set from the music staff at Pulteney. Tickets will be released soon so watch this space. Tickets are limited so please don’t wait too long. The entry price includes a wonderful platter from Bottega Rotolo with beverages available from the bar. There is also a huge raffle and auction so please bring you credit card or cash!!!
ANZAC Commemorative Tour 2019
Sixteen students are madly preparing to go on the 2019 ANZAC Commemorative Tour of the Western Front in April school holidays. The touring party consists of music instrumentalists and singers who are preparing many pieces to be performed at many gigs in Europe. We have several commemorative performances including the La Flamme ceremony in Paris, Menin Gate in Belgium, the Frommelles ANZAC day service as well as several other gigs in Paris, Fomelles and London. We dapart Adelaide no Tuesday 16th April and head for Paris where we stay for four days. We then go up to Belgium (Bruges, Ypres) for a few days, then down to the Western Front battlefields and finally to London where we will be playing at the 2019 Pulteney Old Scholars Dinner.
It is going to be a packed two weeks with so many wonderful highlights. We have been learning much music as a choir and as a small jazz ensemble. One of the special parts of the tour will be visiting and laying a cross of remembrance at the graves of 16 fallen Old Scholars. POSA President Mark Bourchier has coordinated this aspect of the tour and we are all looking forward to remembering our fallen Old Scholars and paying our deepest respects.
Learning Area Leader Performing Arts