Performing Arts

UPCOMING EVENTS

Wednesday 29 July

6.00-7.00pm

Instrumental Music Soiree

The Chapel

Invited instrumental music students

Tuesday 25 August

7.00-9.30pm

Gig at the Gov

Governor Hindmarsh Hotel

Stage Band 1

Stage Band 2

Jazz on the Terrace

Year 9, 10, 11 & 12 class bands

Selected senior vocal soloists

Monday 31 August

3.30-6.00pm

Filming for ABODA video submission

Wyatt Hall

Concert Band

Stage Band 1

Stage Band 2

Saturday 12 September

6.00-8.00pm

Dance Concert

Wyatt Hall

SACE Stage 1 Dance

Year 9 Dance (Semester 1 class)

Senior Co-curricular Dance

Prep Co-curricular Dance

Kurrajong Co-curricular Dance

Saturday 19 September

Times TBC

Ensemble Concert

Junior: late afternoon

Senior: evening

Wyatt Hall

All Kurrajong, Prep and Senior ensembles

 

Term 3 Instrumental Music Soiree: Wednesday 29 July

The Term 3 Instrumental Music Soiree will be held on Wednesday 29 July at 6.00pm in the Chapel. Normally, I would be encouraging you all to attend to support our developing musicians but due to Covid-19 restrictions, we are restricting the audience to their parents and siblings only. I know the fourteen young musicians performing that night will enjoy the experience as they gradually learn the craft of public live performance. The performance will finish by 7.00pm.

Instrumental tutors will nominate students for the Term 4 Soiree later this term, so if you are keen for your child to perform, please contact your child’s music tutor.

Gig at the Gov: Tuesday 25 August

At this time, it looks like this wonderful evening will be going ahead but with a much smaller audience, likely limited to 100 audience members. Stage Band 1 and 2, Jazz on the Terrace, Year 10, 11 and 12 class bands, Year 12 Rock Band, plus some Year 12 vocal soloists will be performing. Further details will be available in coming weeks, including ticket bookings. I really appreciate the support of The Governor Hindmarsh team for their support of our school community and facilitating this event.

Year 12 Drama Production, Picnic at Hanging Rock: 2-5 September

The SACE Stage 2 Drama students will present their major drama production at the Bakehouse Theatre, with each of the four performances starting at 7pm. Due to Covid-19 restrictions, tickets to the show will be limited and more information about this will be released in the near future. I can’t wait to see this play as I know our students produce an amazing standard of work both in terms of acting skill but also high production values.

Dance Concert: Saturday 12 September

Last year we enjoyed our first ever Dance Concert, which was a wonderful celebration of the introduction of dance into Pulteney. This year we have even more to share, including our first ever Year 9 dance class and the SACE Stage 1 Dance class, in addition to the four co-curricular dance groups, plus some solos and small ensemble performances. Prep, Middle School and Senior School dancers will need to attend the final rehearsal on Saturday 12 September, from 1.00-5.00pm. Kurrajong dancers will join at 6.00pm for the concert that night at 6.30pm. Ticketing information will be available at a later date.

Ensemble Music Concert: Saturday 19 September

Because we missed our annual Winter Concert, we will extend the planned Classical Concert so that all our wonderful ensembles and choirs get the chance to present a significant program. The concert will have three acts: in the afternoon we will present Kurrajong and Prep ensembles, then early evening and later evening, the Middle School and Senior School groups. More information will come out about this big event soon but please save the date if your child is in any of the school ensembles.

Year 9 Sound Engineering

In Semester 1, we introduced a new subject to the Performing Arts department: Sound Engineering, an introduction. Nine students took the course from Term 1, learning about public address systems, microphones, how to set up small PAs, as well as manual handling, bumping in/out, electrical safety and other specific topics to sound reinforcement and sound acoustics.

This semester we have a new class of nineteen students eager to explore this new learning area. This class will also be going out into the field and visiting different venues to see live sound management and recording studios in person, something we could not do in Semester 1 due to Covid-19 restrictions. Our first excursion in on Tuesday 11August, leaving school at 1.00pm to attend a private tour of the Adelaide Festival Centre, returning to school by 3.30pm. Students will need to bring their own lunch and water.

Co-curricular Music and Dance

All music and dance co-curricular groups, choirs and bands are all up and running and preparing for our concert presentations later this term. If you have any concerns about the rehearsals or events the students will be participating in, please don’t hesitate to contact me at any time.

Trumpet, French Horn, Trombone and Tuba – PLAYERS WANTED!

All music departments in schools go through ebb and flows with regards to instrumentation; how many flutes we have in the program or double bass players, etc. Currently we have some very skilled and talented brass instrument players, but we need for more players to support our band program. Due to Covid-19 restrictions, we will not be able to hold our usual Instrumental Come & Try Evening, so if you think your child would like to give the trumpet, French horn, trombone or tuba a go, please let me know and I can set up a free trial lesson on the instrument with our excellent brass teachers. In an effort to decrease the cost of such opportunities, we will have some instruments available free of hire charges. The benefits to children from learning to play a musical instrument are significant (see Bigger Better Brains, Dr Anita Collins (https://biggerbetterbrains.com/) so I encourage you to consider this opportunity. Please feel free to contact me directly for more information and details.

Jonathon Rice

Learning Area Leader Performing Arts

Head of Performance and Instrumental Music

 

 

Jonathon Rice

Head of Performing Arts and Instrumental Music and

Learning Area Leader Performing Arts