Last Thursday we held our annual Tintern Grammar Senior Piano Concert (which followed on from the delightful Junior Piano Concert) in the Southwood Centre. This concert showcased students from Years 7 to 12 playing a wide range of styles, and concluded with a performance of Moritz Moszkowski’s Spanish Dance by Ms McKenzie, Ms Lok, Mrs Thomspon and Mrs Wilson, playing two pianos with eight hands! We also had the pleasure of hearing a couple of piano duets played by Holly Whitfield and Hannah Murray (Year 8), as well as a trio performed by Ada Chen, Morgan Li and Sherry Wang. The award for “most popular composer” goes to Christopher Norton, as many pianists decided to play a variety of his often-jazzy pieces during the evening. This concert was a fantastic opportunity to practise performance skills and have our work heard by a larger audience. A big thank you to Mrs Bezaire, our parents, and especially the piano teachers both at school and outside of school for supporting our piano studies.
by Molly Fleming, School Pianist 2017
Melbourne Symphony Orchestra Excursion
Last Thursday a group of our Tintern music students took a bus trip to the Melbourne Town Hall to observe a Melbourne Symphony Orchestra rehearsal. We enjoyed watching the orchestra rehearsing two unique pieces. The first piece was Bizet’s Carmen Suite No.1; the second piece was Saint-Saëns’ Piano Concerto No.2 with Kristian Chong (pictured) as the soloist. We were very excited and pleased to hear him play this concerto. Saint-Saëns’ Second Piano Concerto is a sparkling and vibrant work full of virtuosity, and is yet lyrical with so many beautiful melodies throughout. Our own symphony orchestra performed the second movement of the Saint-Saëns last year, with Alan Wu as soloist. During the rehearsal, we also had the opportunity to see the Associate Conductor of the MSO, Mr Ben Northey, in action. Mr Northey came to Tintern in June when he ran a workshop session with our own orchestra. Overall, this was an excursion worth remembering, as it not only demonstrated how a professional orchestra rehearses under an experienced conductor, but also, as a School Pianist, I enjoyed being able to see how the solo pianist interacted with the orchestra in an incredibly difficult and dazzling work.
by Steven Zhang, School Pianist 2017
From Friday 21 to Sunday 23 July, the Music Department came together to learn the massed singing item for the Annual Music Concert: a medley from Les Misérables. Every year the music students from Years 7-12 look forward to this weekend, as it is always full of music making, smiling and, most of all, hard work. A feeling of fulfilment and accomplishment is felt throughout the CM Wood Centre at 3:15pm on Sunday, as the sound and quality of the music is truly impressive. As well as the medley rehearsals, additional individual ensemble rehearsals took place in preparation for the Annual Concert on Friday 4 August. The teachers brought their enthusiasm, which definitely inspired the students during rehearsals and breaks. In my opinion, the music concert will be, once again, of a very high standard this year, especially the Les Misérables medley, which includes solos from many of our very talented singers. A huge thank you to all of the music staff who supported us at Music Camp; to Mrs Feenane for feeding us with the help of the Friends of Music committee and to all of the Tintern music campers. It was a great way to spend the first weekend back from school holidays.
by Tiana McAsey, Instrumental Music Captain
Upcoming Annual Concert
Don’t miss our Annual Concert, this Friday night at 7.30pm in the CM Wood Centre. The concert will showcase our larger instrumental ensembles and choirs and is filled with delightful musical offerings in a range of styles. This free-entry event will conclude with an uplifting rendition of a medley from ‘Les Misérables’, arranged by our own former Director of Music, Mr Ron Trigg. Click here for further information.
by Alison Bezaire, Director of Music