Music Matters

Three String Quartets shine at Ringwood Eisteddfod

This year, as performance opportunities return to pre-pandemic levels, there has been a wonderful buzz in the music department. In our rehearsal rooms much effort is being put into rebuilding the confidence of our young performers. Part of this endeavour has been to form a number of new small ensembles. We now have three string quartets who rehearse on a weekly basis and each of these groups now has a sizable repertoire of works that they are able to perform at concerts and events. 

On Sunday 5 June all three ensembles, The Wagner String Quartet, Junior School String Quartet and Middle School String Quartet, all competed at the Ringwood Eisteddfod. We are pleased to announce that our young string quartets all performed exceptionally, and their efforts were rewarded with accolades to be proud of:  

The Junior School String Quartet performed a movement from a Mozart String Quartet and won first prize in the Chamber Music Under 13 category. Well done, Lexin, Weylen, Edward and Senudhi! 

The Wagner String Quartet came close second in the same category with a refined and delicate performance of Faure’s Pavane. Well done, Charlotte, Ruby, Enya and Mayah! 

The Middle School String Quartet competed in the Under 16 Chamber Music category and came second in their field with a compelling performance of the Farandole by Bizet. Congratulations Leon, Sophie, Danny and Kacee. 

We look forward very much to observing these young performers’ progress as they develop into capable and confident performers.  

Tim Veldman

Head of Strings

Joshua Choong LMusA, AMusA

In my capacity as an examiner for the Australian Music Examinations Board, it was an honour for me to be part of the Official Party at the AMEB conferring of Diplomas ceremony on Sunday 5 June. In my capacity as a Tintern teacher, I was thrilled and proud to see alumna Joshua Choong receive his Licentiate in Music, Australia – Viola – with Distinction, and to also witness Joshua being joint recipient of the AUSTA (Australian Strings Association) Viola Award for the highest standard in the Licentiate Viola examinations in 2021. This is an outstanding achievement, made even more remarkable by the fact that Joshua sat this examination in the midst of his busy Year 12 IB studies. This is Joshua’s second diploma, having already been awarded the Associate in Music, Australia.

In his Occasional Address, Professor Duncan Maskell, Vice-Chancellor of The University of Melbourne, spoke to the diplomates of the importance of music education in developing all aspects of life and learning. Joshua is now studying 1st year medicine at Monash University, and he is playing Viola in the Monash Medical Orchestra, which is an ensemble created especially for the many talented medical students who recognise the importance of continuing to develop their musical skills.

Throughout his years at Tintern, Joshua’s musical journey has been under the expert tutelage of our Head of Strings, Mr Tim Veldman. Even after leaving school Joshua continues to contribute generously to the musical life at Tintern. We were fortunate to have him play Keyboard in the recent musical production of Little Shop of Horrors, and we hope to see him in the alumni band at the Friends of Music Jazz Night next term.

Heather McKenzie

Head of Keyboard

Concerti and Orchestral extravaganza on Wednesday evening

The long-awaited day (that would be 15 June – tomorrow) of our Concerto Showcase has finally arrived, 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!




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