Music Matters

On 20 April, the Year 7 and 8 students, along with some Year 9 Percussionists and IB students gathered to watch Sergei Golovko, a famous Russian percussionist, who has given many live international performances. He played lots of pieces on a large instrument called a Marimba, which was like a large xylophone. We were all astounded at how fast he could play with four mallets! Another instrument which he played was the Scythe (a sword-like instrument used for cutting grass in the early days). He also threw in a few Russian dance moves, and made the performance very interactive by asking people to volunteer to play the instruments. The Year 8s then had an opportunity to participate in a workshop with Sergei, as part of our Global Music Curriculum. The girls in 8B played a wonderful piece written by him, called Gypsy Medley, on our individual instruments and the 8E boys also learned a medley of Russian tunes. We will be able to perform these for our families at our upcoming Performing Arts Night on 15 June. Overall, everyone loved the Russian incursion. I think it was Sergei’s passion for his music and his traditional Russian heritage, complete with a Russian outfit, which made it so thoroughly enjoyable!

by Kavya Karthik, Year 8

Gerard Barclay reports on his performance at the ANZAC March

Gerard in MYM ready to lead off Anzac March  Gerard and Drum Major

Melbourne Youth Music (MYM) is based in the city, and rehearses at the Victorian College of the Arts. I am in an MYM band called the John Anthill Youth Band (JAYB) and we meet every Saturday for 3 hours to practise. The JAYB participated in the ANZAC march last year, and was invited to do so again this year. We played four pieces of music: Waltzing Matilda, Pack up your troubles, It’s a long way to Tipperary and Colonel Bogey. We only had one day to practise marching and playing, and it was my first time doing so. A marching band is very different from a regular band. You have to play while avoiding dropping your instrument, watching out for commands given by the Drum Major. He is the man at the front of the march with a special staff called a mace which he uses to give commands, which include stopping the music, starting it, stop marching, begin marching and turning. When the piece ends the drums continue a beat while the rest of the band changes the music on their lyre – a small music stand clipped onto instruments – without dropping it. All this they have to do while marching in time to the bass drum beat, which I was playing. There is no conductor, and if there were one, they would have to face the band and walk backwards. Instead, the whole band had to be kept in time with the bass drum, which never stopped beating, even when the rest of the band stopped to change their music. The bass and snare drums played a vital role throughout the whole march. We marched from St. Paul’s Cathedral up to the Shrine of Remembrance. There were several marching bands which played throughout the day, and they were still going three hours after they had started. Banners were paraded and classic cars were shown off while formations of planes flew overhead. This ANZAC day was the 101st anniversary of the landing at Gallipoli. Lest We Forget.

by Gerard Barclay, Year 10

Music Camp 2016

Music camp was slightly different this year, with members of the school’s larger ensembles and choirs having rehearsals for the upcoming Jazz Night and Annual Concert this term. Over 170 students from Years 7 to 12 came together to rehearse our exciting finale for the Annual Concert, a Jersey Boys medley. It was great to see so many students enjoying the fun and camaraderie which participation in music ensembles provides. Along with the rehearsals, there were also games and quizzes held during the breaks. A big thank you to Mrs Bezaire and all the Music Staff who attended, Mrs Feenane and the Friends of Music volunteers, for their wonderful support and effort in making the weekend run so smoothly.

by Grace Edwards & Corey Robinson
Choral Captain & Instrumental Co-Captain 2016
 
Coincidentally, the Sunday Age Magazine included a full page article headed “Sing It Loud” which outlined the many benefits of group singing. In part, it stated that ‘choirs provide structured community support and friendship – a natural antidote to feelings of isolation and loneliness’. And further into the article, ‘numerous studies have found that when we sing or play music the brain releases endorphins, which make us feel happy ‘. One only had to look at the faces of our Music Campers on the weekend to know that this is most certainly the case.
 
The bulk of our rehearsals were in preparation for our Tintern Grammar Annual Music Concert on Thursday 9 June. Be sure to make a note of this date in your diary, as the concert is shaping up to be another memorable event on the Tintern Music Calendar.
 
Alison Bezaire
Director of Music
 
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Community Concert at Olivet, a local Aged Care Home – Tuesday 3 May

A group of VCE and IB music students brought some music and joy to the clients at the Olivet Aged Persons Home this week, as they performed a range of songs and musical items for the patients and members of their families. VCE Music students, Justin Rocio and Tony Wang, and IB students Lovelyn Lim, Josephine Owen and Alison Yang, delighted with their array of works on piano, violin and voice. The residents were thrilled that the students gave so willingly of their time to entertain them on a cool and blustery morning.

Pure Talent Showcase did not disappoint

A number of Tintern staff members and interested students and parents were pleased to be able to attend the inaugural ‘Pure Talent’ Showcase at the Karralyka Theatre last Thursday. This initiative by the Maroondah Youth Arts Council showcased VCE (2015) Performing Arts students from Maroondah schools and Tintern was well represented by Brendon Green (Music Performance: Contemporary Guitar), Zoe Stephenson (Music Performance: Contemporary Voice) and Bailey Pyman (Drama).

Our students performed most creditably, alongside students from Yarra Valley Grammar, Norwood Secondary College, Melba College, Melbourne Rudolph Steiner School, Ringwood Secondary College, Luther College and Aquinas College.

There was an unexpected surprise on the night, when the Maroondah City Council aired the music video clip of Brendon, Zoe and Rory Shepherd performing Brendon’s original song, ‘Round Around’. Their band, ‘Little Archive’, won a recording session as winners of the FREEZA Battle of the Bands last year. You can check out the clip for yourself at:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=G-efsudqhfE

Don’t forget – ‘Little Archive’ will be making a special appearance at this Saturday night’s Poverty Project Trivia Night!

Twilight Concert

Thank you to all performers at last week’s Twilight Concert. This was our first Twilight Concert for 2016 and we were treated to 23 engaging performances by students from Years 7 to 12 on a vast array of instruments, including piano, cello, bassoon, violin, viola and voice alongside a terrific opening number from our Chinese Boy Band, Blanc. Many thanks to Music Captain, Corey Robinson, for hosting the event.

Alison

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