Music Matters

Quartet performs original work

On 13 November, the Middle School String Quartet made up of Lydia Tan, Joshua Choong, Molly Fleming and myself, performed in a Composition Concert held by Molly’s composition teacher at the Methodist Ladies’ College (MLC) in Kew. There were 30 performances of original compositions during the concert, including our performance of Molly’s composition titled ‘Wings of Thought’.

Most of the compositions were for solo piano, performed by the student composer. There were 3 other works, one for clarinet and piano, one for saxophone and piano, and Molly’s composition for string quintet written for 2 violins, viola, cello and piano. I was captivated by some of the solo piano works that used complex rhythms with expressive, lyrical melodies. Some of the student composers were as young as 9 years old! The concert was an eye opener to the world of music composition that knows no bounds.

Our performance of Molly’s piece, ‘Wings of Thought’, supported ably by Mrs Clementson on the piano, received much positive and encouraging feedback from the audience. This is our third performance of this piece, the first being the Penelope Thwaites Original Composition entry performance and the second was during school assembly. Credit must be given to Molly, who has worked very hard and patiently and made many improvements to her work over many months, while rehearsing with our quartet. We are glad to be part of her successful winning of the Penelope Thwaites Original Composition Award and thankful for the wonderful opportunity to perform at this composition concert. I look forward to many more performances with our quartet in the future.

by Clarisse Liew, Year 8

Girls Intermediate Choir entertains local community

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On Monday 21 November, the Girls Intermediate Choir performed 5 items for the Ringwood Probus Club at their regular meeting place, The Ringwood Church of Christ on Bedford Road. The enthusiastic audience was very happy and eager to listen to us perform ‘Oye’, ‘Night Wind’, ‘Who would send a baby’, ‘Night of Silence’ and ‘Sing Alleluia’ and we were rewarded with a chipper applause (and chocolates) afterwards. During our short time there, Clarisse and Molly both performed an amazing solo piece each. Clarisse played the Brahms Hungarian Dance no 1 on violin and Molly performed ‘When Sonny Gets Blue’ by Marvin Fisher on piano. We were quickly invited back to perform there again, and it is certainly something we would like to do in the future!

by Audrey Middleton, Girls Intermediate Choir Captain

Munching and Music hit the right note!

On the morning of 20 November the CM Wood Centre was filled to capacity with students, staff and families happily munching on tasty brunch offerings as they listened to a wonderful array of musical delights on stage. The mood was very festive and all who were present agreed it was a most convivial way to spend a Sunday morning. Congratulations to all of our young musicians on your fine performances and thank you to the Music Staff who brought the program to fruition.

Many, many thanks to the hard working parents on our Friends of Music Committee who, once again, ran a well-organised and successful fundraising event for our Music Department. On show at the event was the latest acquisition of the FOM committee – some attractive staging modules which have replaced some much older, worn out pieces. The staging is safe and secure for our students to use and versatile enough to be used at both indoor and outdoor events. The support of the committee throughout 2016 has been greatly appreciated.

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