Music Matters

Jazz Night hits new heights as our musos reach for the stars!

Last Saturday evening the Tintern Friends of Music held their Annual Jazz Night in the CM Wood Centre. It was an amazing event with lots of great music, dancing, food and a wonderful community atmosphere. The music consisted of pieces played by our own Intermediate and Senior Jazz Bands, items from Chamber and Concert Choirs and also from the guest band, the New Melbourne Jazz Band, who provided fantastic music for dancing.

Also on this night, the Ron Trigg Jazz Award was presented to a student who shows skills in improvisation, participates actively and shows enthusiasm while playing jazz on their chosen instrument. This year’s winner is Year 12 student Maya Watt. Maya has been a dedicated and committed member of the musical life of Tintern for over six years, playing in many bands, orchestras and other ensembles, and is the perfect recipient for the award. Congratulations Maya!

A massive thanks to the Friends of Music committee and to all who assisted in setting up, decorating and helping in the kitchen on the night, as well as to everyone who came and got involved with such a fun evening.

by Molly Fleming, School Pianist 2017

Tintern’s Small Ensembles come out to play

On the evening of Wednesday 17 May, the Small Ensembles Concert was held in the CM Wood Centre at Tintern Grammar. It was a fantastic night, with two hours of music ranging from classical string quartets and a piano quartet to modern, upbeat jazz numbers and twentieth century twelve-tone serialism, all of which were enjoyed by both performers and audience. The concert was a great opportunity for students from Middle School to Senior College to perform within a small group setting, where they could demonstrate how they enjoy making music with peers who share a similar passion to their own. It was also a fantastic opportunity to give our smaller, yet hardworking ensembles a chance to share their repertoire with the audience. Though we were initially worried about the power-outage that had occurred at Tintern during the morning and afternoon, thankfully the electricity returned before the commencement of the concert. It was an amazing evening of beautiful music, enjoyed by all.

by Alison Yang, Instrumental Captain 2017 (Orchestral)

A perfect birthday or Christmas present for your young musician

Some instrumental music teachers, mainly string, woodwind and brass, have noticed that their students have a tendency to stoop forward at the neck as they play. Inquiries have led to the realisation that some students are practising their music at home with their music lying on a table or their bed. If this is the case in your house, please, please please consider purchasing a music stand for your child (makes a perfect birthday gift!). They can cost as little as $20-$25 from your local music retailer and will assist with correcting poor posture and certainly help your budding musician to develop sound physical practice habits.

 

Exciting Chamber Music Festival on the horizon

Our Chamber Ensembles soon will be invited to perform in an exciting inaugural event to be hosted by Tintern Grammar in August. With the support of our Friends of Music, our students will have the unique experience of being able to workshop with members of the internationally renowned Flinders String Quartet, and hear them perform also on Sunday 27 August. Selected ensembles then will be invited to perform at a Chamber Music Festival Gala event at beautiful Montsalvat in Eltham on Tuesday 29 August. Note the 29 August Gala Event in your diary as a must-see event in term three!

by Alison Bezaire, Director of Music

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