Music Matters

Annual Cathedral Service

On Sunday afternoon, Tintern Grammar held its Annual Cathedral Service in St Paul’s Cathedral. Students donned their winter uniform and made their way into the city, for the service beginning at 2.30pm. This year’s theme was “The Lord is my Shepherd, I shall not want” and this was encapsulated in the Senior Girls’ Chamber Choir’s rendition of a hymn with the same name, featuring Molly Fleming as the soloist.

The sermon was presented by Bishop Lindsay Urwin, who asked us all to consider the difference between what we want versus what we need. He also warned us of the existence of ‘false shepherds’.

The service was also very musical. The massed congregation of Tintern’s community sang hymns including “In Christ Alone” and “Make Me a Channel of Your Peace”. There were also performances by the school’s Chamber Orchestra, Senior Boys Chamber Choir, Senior Girls Chamber Choir and Clarinet Ensemble.

One highlight of Sunday afternoon was the massed singing of Sister Act 2’s “Joyful, Joyful” performed by the combined Intermediate and Senior choirs. Ella Watt, Madi Edwards-Turner and several other students from Years 7 to 12 sang solos in this uplifting gospel song. The school leaders lead the community in prayer and supported the Asylum Seeker Resource Centre with the offering.

by Lauren Higgins, Choral Captain 2018

Friends of Music Jazz Night

On the evening of Saturday 12 May, students from all year levels were “Puttin’ on the Ritz” and made their way over to the CM Wood Centre for Tintern’s Annual Jazz Night. The hall was resplendent in its burgundy, gold and black theme, where dedicated volunteers from Friends of Music and a team of students had worked to create a wonderful atmosphere, down to the very last placemat.

Before formal proceedings got underway, some prelude music set the mood for what was to come. This was provided by Craig Bonnington and his dad, Paul, the Senior Jazz Combo and the Year 10 quartet, ‘Silver Lining’.

Featuring performances from “crooning” Tintern choirs and “swinging” jazz bands, the evening was made complete with the Lightning Jazz Band – who knew just how to get everyone on the dance floor, regardless of their dancing skills! Some of the songs performed by the choirs included “It Don’t Mean a Thing (If It Ain’t Got That Swing)” and “Lullaby of Broadway”. Jazz Night also showcased students trying out improvisation in their instrumental performances, and talented solo singers.

The night was a perfect opportunity for students, families and staff alike to get dressed up and have a good time. The CM Wood was constantly filled with laughter and conversation – and, of course, the incredible music. Towards the end of Jazz Night, several students were recognised for their commitment and development in Jazz music at Tintern. Congratulations to Alec Chen, Millie Kenny, Charlie Victoria and Myles Carew for their achievements.

2018’s “Puttin’ on the Ritz” was a hugely enjoyable evening for all members of the school to came together, celebrating jazz and the music students who make our Tintern community such a vibrant place.

by Lauren Higgins, Choral Captain 2018

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