Music Matters

Kelson Awards Assembly

Last Friday, we were pleased to welcome back to Tintern Mr and Mrs Michael Kelson for the presentation of the annual Kelson Music Scholar Awards, now into their thirteenth year, and the Penelope Thwaites Music Awards, which Mr Kelson has made available for the past 7 years. Our music students at Tintern are indeed fortunate to have the opportunity to audition for these awards each year, which Mr Kelson set up in 2004 in order to honour the name of his mother, Mrs Ilma Kelson, who was Director of Music at Tintern from 1958 to 1973.

Award recipients for 2016 were:


Outstanding Senior Performer            

Holly Fryer –  Flute, Year 10

Encouragement Award for Desirable Instrument 

Lilli Holliday-Ryder – Clarinet, Year 7

Joshua Apsey – Trumpet, Year 6


Best Performance of an Australian Composition  

Ella Watt – Trumpet, Year 9

Best Original Composition                    

Molly Fleming – Piano Quintet, Year 9

 We congratulate all of these students on their fine achievements.

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Gilda’s success at recent Eisteddfods

Gilda Ferrie (Year 7) competed in the Ringwood Eisteddfod last week and placed second in the 14 years and under section, playing the 2nd Movement of the De Beriot Concerto in A minor. Her other recent success at an eisteddfod was in May, where she placed second in the 18 years and under quartet division of the Boroondara Eisteddfod as a member of the Kleine Spiele Quartet with the Melbourne String Ensemble. The quartet performed the first two movements of the Emperor Quarter by Haydn, Opus 76 and Gilda played the viola with the ensemble.

Congratulations, Gilda, on your well-deserved awards.



Annual Concert lifts the roof of the CM Wood Performance Centre

On Thursday 9 June, families of students from Years 7 to 12 gathered in the CM Wood Performance Centre to enjoy the Annual Concert which, as always, was a great success. The program showcased the diverse range of large ensemble groups from the Symphony Orchestra to the Concert Choir to the Senior Jazz band. It was wonderful to see so many of the students from the Middle and Senior Colleges involved – the combined talent of each student was quite extraordinary! A particular highlight of the evening’s performance was the final item – the rendition of a medley of songs by The Jersey Boys including ‘Sherry Baby’, ‘Big Girls Don’t Cry’ and ‘Walk Like a Man’ (where we had to fit over one hundred and thirty singing students on stage!), concluding the concert with a lively ending. We would like to especially thank all the ensemble and music teachers for dedicating so much of their time to each ensemble to help us achieve such an amazing performance. It was certainly a fantastic night for all performers and very much enjoyed by the audience.

by Alison Yang, School Pianist 2016







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