Performing Arts

Music News - Tadaa!

Term 3 has been a hugely busy time for the Performing Arts Learning Area with dozens of live performances both here at school as well as all around the state. Before I go into more detail about our amazing activity, can I please express my enormous thanks to the music students involved and their wonderful families. Having a child involved in the performing arts is often a challenging thing with many performances outside of school hours and often not at school, requiring transporting your children (and their instruments) all over the place as well as attending very early morning rehearsals, for example. I fully understand this level of family commitment, having had two children both heavily involved in sports, music and other co-curricular activities throughout their schooling. From my team's perspective, we really appreciate what you as parents do for your children within the performing arts. 

Balaklava Eisteddfod

Back in week 2 of this term, we took 102 Pulteney students (a record number, and all from the middle and senior schools) to the Balaklava Eisteddfod. As usual, our students not only behaved extremely well and represented our school in the highest manner, but we also performed to a very high standard. 

This year the Eisteddfod attracted more suburban schools so the level and standard of competition is rising, which is great news for the event. This year we were thrilled that groups like Stage Band 1 and 2, Senior Drum Corps, String Quartet, Jazz on the Terrace,  played so well, and along with the Senior Percussion Ensemble and Senior Drum Corps all received second places. An excellent effort. Grammarphones, Jazz Choir 2 and the Senior Percussion Ensemble all placed as well, but the stars of the day were the Senior String Ensemble and the Small Jazz Vocal who not only took first place but were also Overall Champions in their section. An outstanding outcome! Special thanks to the music tutors and academic staff for making this day possible. Many of the students at this event left school at 7am and did not return until 7pm - so it was along but very rewarding day.

Adelaide Eisteddfod

The 2018 Adelaide Eisteddfod is a huge competition that spans three months. At the end of last term the Grammarphones (awarded Honorable Mention) competed as did the Prep Concert Choir who came first in their division - an outstanding result. Jazz on the Terrace also performed at a fantastic level, receiving an Honorable Mention in their very high standard section. Throughout this term (up to 4th September) there have been many performances by large and small groups and many solo performances. The highlights included the Year 9 Class Band coming 2nd in their section while the String Quartet received an HM the Senior String Ensemble took first prize after a very spirited and musically top quality performance. Other highlights included section wins by Sujie Kim and Joaquin Velasco (both violin) and many other great performances by many students from year 5 - 12. Congratulations to all the competing students. I am so proud of the students achievements. 

Some other fantastic results;

Matthew Rodda under 18yo 2nd prize

Nora Markvo 2nd

Sujie Kim two 2nd places plus 1st under 25 open concert and received the prestigious Miriam Hyde Award

Jessica Sallis 2nd

Henry Bradley 2nd under 15 yo brass

Jeremy Ninio 3rd under 15 yo brass

Jeanne Lombard a 2nd place and 1st 15 yo 

Charlotte Moseley, 2nd under 17 yo string solo

among several other wonderful results.

Congratulations to all.


The Australian Band and Orchestra Directors Association of South Australia of which I am a committee member, was another huge effort from our students and staff. This event takes place over a massive three days where 137 ensembles  cross the stage to perform their programs in front of an enthusiastic and knowledgeable audience. This year we had 7 ensembles complete against the best schools in the state including Scotch College, St Peter's College, Wilderness, St Peter's Girls, Walford, Immanuel and Concordia, to name but a few. 

The following outstanding results were achieved;

Stage Band 1 Silver

Stage Band 2 Silver

Senior Percussion Ensemble Silver

Senior Drum Corps Silver

Senior String Ensemble Silver

The Concert Band and String Quartet were both awarded Gold and Overall Champion of section.

When all of these results are taken together, ABODA 2018 was an outstanding success and the best ever results for Pulteney on the back of 2017, which was our best till this year! Clearly our music students are working hard and being rewarded for their efforts. Simply outstanding!

A special thanks to all the ensemble leaders for preparing the students to do their best, under pressure!

Middle School Building Opening

The music faculty has been heavily involved in the opening of the new Middle School Building. On day one of this term the Senior Drum Corps played as all of the MS students processed into the new building and then last Friday we had the Pulteney Grammar School Orchestra perform at the formal opening ceremony. I was thrilled by the way the orchestra (which has not rehearsed together prior to the performance) played to such a high standard, and entertaining the audience as we waited on the Governor to arrive. The String Quartet played while our guests enjoyed refreshments after the official opening ceremony. This String Quartet also played at the two twilight MS Building tour events last week, and I offer my special thanks to Charlotte Moseley, Joaquin Velasco, Sujie Kim and Anya Ecimovic. 

Drama News - To be or not to be

Our year 12 drama production, "The Trench", was presented to the community last week with four evening performances held in the Bakehouse Theatre, Angas Street. This sell out season of "The Trench" was an incredible show. The six actors; Jai Ruciak, Lily Trnovsky, Matthew Slattery, Kate Watts, Delys Russell and Isabelle Denham were all outstanding in this gripping and tragic tale set in the battlefields of WW1. Once again under the leadership and direction of Jamie Hibbert, the set, lighting, music and sound were all brilliant and empowered the students to be in their character and present such a powerful and dramatic performance.

Dance News - First Position

Our three co-curricular dance classes are continuing this semester where the Prep dance class comes together on Monday afternoons after school, while on Tuesday we have the Kurrajong Dance Class, as well as the combined MS/SS dance class. Our two dance teachers Kristen Lewis and Carla Bigiolli are doing a wonderful job and are proving encouraging, supportive, creative and challenging dance classes to over 50 of our students each week under the leadership of our corporate partner, Ding Productions Creative Director, Jo Casson. I thank Jo, Kristen and Carla for all their wonderful work.

2019 Middle School/Senior School Musical Production

After much work and a very anxious wait I am thrilled to announce today that the MS/SS musical production will be "Wicked"

From what I have been told we are the first school in South Australia to do this production and one of the first in the country. I am so excited to be doing this production next year in the Norwood Concert Hall, 23, 24 and 25 May 2019. I am sure many of our students will be thrilled to be part of this huge and exciting event. 

Auditions for the roles in the show and the chorus will be held in term 4 2018.

We will also release soon the main leadership roles for this production including the Director, Music Director, Choreographer and producer.

I am sure this production will build on our recent fantastic productions of Chitty Chitty Bang Band and The Addams Family. We all can't wait to get stuck into the show and get it ready for you all to come and see next year.

Jonathon Rice

Learning Area Leader Performing Arts