Music Matters

IB Recital this Thursday promises to be a feast of delightful musical (and culinary) offerings!  

Rehearsals for the IB Music Recital are in full swing. During the course of the year, the class has been studying the score of J. S. Bach’s masterful Brandenburg Concerto No. 2. We could think of no better excuse to perform this magnificent work as a centrepiece for this event. After much searching, we have engaged trumpet player, Dennis Stevenson, who is one of a small breed of trumpeters capable of performing this diabolically difficult score. Steven Zhang and Lovelyn Lim will be playing the exquisite harpsichord pictured here. Alison Yang (Year 12) will perform the violin solo, Holly Fryer (Year 11) the flute solo, and our specialist double reed teacher, Mary Glen-Norman, will play the oboe solo. The evening will also feature original compositions by the IB Music class, written for a wide variety of instruments ranging from Taiko Drums to a Baroque Orchestra and a beautiful choral setting by Josephine Owen of a French text by Charles Baudelaire, performed by the Senior Girls Chamber Choir. The first half of the concert will be comprised of three recitals by each of the Year 12 IB musicians (Alison Yang – violin, Lovelyn Lim – voice and Josephine Owen – violin). If that was not enough to draw you to this event, the hospitality students will be providing a delicious supper, for performers and audience alike, during the interval. This free concert starts at 7.00PM in the CM Wood Centre. Learn more here: 

by Tim Veldman, Head of Strings

Tintern’s Inaugural Chamber Music Festival

On Tuesday night, 29 August, four Tintern quartets, a Tintern quintet and two Yarra Valley Grammar quartets performed at the Inaugural Chamber Music Festival at Monsalvat in Eltham. Each group performed their pieces spectacularly with many positive remarks from audience members and teachers alike. There were a number of pieces from composers such as Mozart and Chausson. 

We were fortunate to have one of the members of the Flinders Quartet, their cellist Zoe Knighton, attend the performance. She, along with the other members of the Flinders Quartet, came to Tintern to run workshop sessions and tutor the performers the Sunday beforehand, giving tips and helpful feedback. Everyone benefited immensely from their visit and enjoyed the day’s rehearsals.

Overall, the showcase concert was a great success, filled with some superb music from a varied range of talented ensembles. Many thanks to Mr Veldman and Mrs Bezaire for bringing this new musical initiative for Tintern to fruition. It was a wonderful opportunity for enhanced learning for a number of senior musicians, both from Tintern Grammar and Yarra Valley Grammar.

by Brianna Oldmeadow (Year 11), ‘Cellist

Tintern Grammar Concert Band takes out Silver Award at Victorian Schools Music Festival

On Wednesday 30 August, the Concert Band travelled to Hawthorn to perform in the VSMF (Victoria Schools Music Festival) in the Junior Concert Band section. There were several other schools there, such as Blackburn Primary School, Waverley Christian College, Wesley College, and Fountain Gate Secondary College.  For our performance of Roger Schmidli’s Beyond the Void, and Robert Sheldon’s arrangement of “Annie Laurie,” titled A Scottish Ballade, we received a Silver Award. The chief adjudicator, Dr Ralph Hultgren, worked primarily with us on the sound and dynamics of our pieces, whilst making some jokes along the way. A huge thanks to Mrs Clarke for her hard work with us!

by Zoë Forbes (Year 9), Concert Band Captain

by Alison Bezaire, Director of Music



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