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Cathedral Service 2022

On Thursday 5 May, Tintern Grammar held its annual Cathedral Service at St Paul’s Cathedral. The day started with members of the Tintern Grammar Chamber Orchestra, Concert Choir, Intermediate Choir and Chamber Choir heading in to the Cathedral for rehearsals. We were greeted with the sight of ‘Gaia’, a huge art-work installation 7 metres across floating before us. After rehearsing our items throughout the morning, we headed off to Federation Square for lunch, where we were rewarded with a few moments of glistening sun; a welcome change in this cold autumn.

We returned to the cathedral, the instrumentalists did some final tuning as the rest of the school community arrived and we were off!

For the processional, the Chamber Orchestra played Intermezzo from Cavalleria Rusticana, which featured beautiful sweeping melodies that rang through the cathedral. We sang hymns with the choir captains leading us and the Combined Intermediate and Senior Choirs sang On Eagle’s Wings. The gospel reading was read by School Leadership Team members in five different languages: English, French, German, Mandarin and Dutch. The sermon by The Reverend Doctor John Capper was about finding peace and harmony in the world around you.

A vocal solo, entitled His Eye is on the Sparrow, was performed by one of our choral captains, Ella Jones and it was truly beautiful. The School Leaders lead the church in prayer, while the Tintern Flute Ensemble played Londonderry Air, which matched the reflectional tones of the prayers. The Senior Girls’ Chamber Choir sang The Lord’s Prayer, and later brought the service to a close with John Rutter’s blessing, The Peace of God. The organ, which featured throughout the service was majestic and its full sound resonated impressively around the church.

We were very fortunate to be able to go to the city and have this experience at St Paul’s Cathedral.

Nishka Fernando, Year 12

Instrumental Captain 2022

Concerti and Orchestral treats ahead

Make a note in your diary of 15 June, as the date when four of our talented young musicians play a concerto movement each on stage with orchestra in the CM Wood Centre at 7.00pm. Entry to the event is free and further details can be found here. We highly recommend this as a feast of outstanding music and a great way to end Term 2!


Our Friends of Music Parent Committee manage the hiring of music lockers in the music corridor for the safe, lockable storage of personal and hired instruments which students may wish to store securely whilst at school. This means that instruments are less likely to be misplaced in the book locker corridors in Middle School and Senior College. The fee for a locker is $10 per term. The funds raised are returned to the Music Department to support the purchase of music and instruments and to support funding of special musical events. Please ask Mrs Feenane in the Music Office for a locker hire form if you are interested.






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