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Tintern plays up a storm at the Maroondah Festival

On Sunday 6 November, the Tintern Grammar Concert Band and the Saxophone Ensemble performed at the Maroondah Festival. Performing at the Youth Stage, Town Park in Croydon, Tintern was one of the few schools performing during the festival, as well as other performers such as a Pipe Band, choirs and dancers. We were very thankful that it didn’t rain; however, it was quite challenging at times due to the gusty winds. Luckily, our pegs held our music fairly securely and Mrs Clarke managed to hold her score and conduct us at the same time. The Concert Band played several pieces that we have been rehearsing lately; March of the Aliens, Witches Brew and Wombat Shuffle. The Saxophone Ensemble performed The Pink Panther, an Irish Suite and Take on Me. It was great to have the support of our families, teachers and friends in the audience, and afterwards we all enjoyed the rest of the festivities at the Maroondah Festival!

by Gemma Bettess, Concert Band Leader (Year 9)

(Many thanks to Barry Kearney of BKP Photography for the great photos of our band)

Creativity sometimes stimulates thoughts of cheddar cheese!

The 8/9/10 Music Elective Concert was held on the evening of Wednesday 9 November as a way to showcase the creative efforts of the members of the elective music classes this year. There was a wide variety of group performance pieces, ranging from a sung Elizabethan Madrigal to a modern percussion ensemble. The Year 10s’ major assignment of the semester was an open-ended project, for which a few students decided to arrange pieces for small groups. Charlotte Menagh arranged a mashup of themes from Harry Potter, The Hobbit and Sherlock for members of the class and Holly Fryer arranged a pop song for the Clementson String Quartet. In addition, all members of the Year 10 class performed a solo.

The Year 8/9 music elective class, ‘Music Technology Beyond the Classroom’ spent a portion of their class time this semester composing original pieces for the Federation Bells in Birrarung Mar. We heard four original compositions on the night and informed the audience that all the compositions will be performed in situ on a Saturday morning in the future. Other Year 8/9 items were small group items and a class arrangement of ‘Let her Go’ by Clarisse Liew.

A more unexpected item in the program was Hollis Huang’s original composition, ‘Cheddar Cheese Cubes’ – an example of Electronic Dance Music that was intended to simulate the experience of eating cheese!

We would like to thank Ms Bortolussi and Mr Kidd for supporting our musical endeavours. We have thoroughly enjoyed the opportunity to research and deliver projects focussed on subjects of our own choosing.

We thank all the parents and friends who supported this performance event and hope that they have an enhanced appreciation of the range of teaching and learning that occurs in the Music Electives at Tintern Grammar.

Written collaboratively by Gerard, Mae, Holly, Hollis, Charlotte and Brianna  

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