Music Matters

Middle School Quartets entertain visitors to Tintern

Our Intermediate String Quartet and the Wagner String Quartet have had two performance opportunities over the past few weeks. They performed at the School in Action Morning on 29 March and again at our recent Open Day on 30 April.

The Year 8 and 9 students in the Intermediate String Quartet are: Kacee Chen, Danny Gong, Leon Jiao & Sophie Qiu.

The Year 7 students in the Wagner String Quartet are: Ruby Chen, Mayah Dass, Charlotte Koutsiafaras & Enya Ouyang.

Many thanks to all of these students for being such great musical ambassadors for Tintern!

Chamber Choir sing for TOGA Reunion

On 5 April a large gathering of Tintern Old Girls met at the Hawthorn Arts Centre to enjoy a delicious high tea and to reminisce about their school days. Our Senior Girls Chamber Choir joined them and provided some enjoyable choral items before leading the ladies in a rousing rendition of the Tintern Girls School Song and the School Psalm.

Twilight Concert

On Tuesday 5 April, we held the first of many Twilight Concerts for students who were interested in gaining performance experience and in sharing their beautiful music with an audience. Twilight Concerts are an incredible way to bring together the community in a delightful night of diverse genres of music and to allow VCE musicians and students undergoing assessments to practise their pieces. There were a variety of instruments showcased on the night including violins, clarinets, vocal performances, pianists and guitarists. It was wonderful to listen to each student as they stepped out of their comfort zone to experience a new and creative side of themselves many may not have experienced before. The ambience was warm and inviting and allowed everyone to enjoy themselves in a supportive environment. Every student was unique and should be thoroughly proud of themselves. Many of our performers were accompanied by the talented Ms Heather McKenzie and Ms Tori Wood, without whom this evening could not have occurred. I would like to thank them for their dedication and kindness towards the students and the school. Other persons who should be commended are Mrs Bezaire, our Head of Music, and Mrs Feenane, our music coordinator who work hard every day to ensure our music programs aid the students reach their fullest potentials.

There were many students and parents who attended who like me, thoroughly enjoyed hearing each piece. I would love to congratulate and commend Bohan Liang in Year 8 for his performance of Carmen Fantasy ~ Gypsy Dance on the Violin as it was a superb way to finish the evening and personally left me with my socks knocked off and with chills. Thank you all for performing or attending; you were all fabulous and we cannot wait to see more at the next Twilight Concert.

Ella Jones

Choir Captain 2022

Open Morning Performances

On Saturday 30 April, Tintern’s combined Wind Symphony and Symphony Orchestra provided an impressive start to our Open Morning, performing from the highly popular film score of “How to Train Your Dragon” to the visitors to our school.

I have the privilege to work with both ensembles, and I can confidently say that all students have worked with great effort to put the music together, as most of us have found different aspects of the score very challenging, both technically and musically. Thanks to Mr Veldman and Mrs Clarke, the rehearsal process for this ingenious musical arrangement was not only efficient, but also enjoyable. For me, the most challenging parts of the music were developing my confidence as I prepared my flute solo and maintaining good intonation throughout the piece. 

After the performance in the morning, students from Symphony Orchestra and Chamber Orchestra remained for the afternoon to rehearse for our exciting upcoming events, including our Cathedral Service, Concerto Showcase Concert, and Annual Music Concert.

Helen (Hailun) Yang

School Pianist 2022

Friends of Music Raffle

Congratulations to the winners of the Friends of Music Easter Raffle:

1st – Michael Mak (5D)

2nd – Kerry Boromeo (Grace 9B)

3rd – Stewart Cant (Olive Yr2)

 Little Shop of Horrors Band

Our production of “Little Shop of Horrors” was re-scheduled to hit the stage of the Karralyka Theatre in Ringwood last week, after the unexpected postponement of this event due to concerns around COVID outbreaks last term. It was great to see all of our hard work come to fruition. A big thank you, especially, to the staff and students who played in the band. Although the audience couldn’t see you in the pit, your significant contribution to the success of the show did not go unnoticed. Special thanks to the students who played: Isaac Hong (Year 12), Euan Forbes (Year 11), Charlotte Du Blêt (Year 10) and Chloe Hong (Year 10).

Alison Bezaire

Director of Music



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