Music Matters

Jazz in a Paddock!

From 3-5 May, a group of jazz-enthused students and teachers road tripped to Mt Gambier (yes, you read correctly, in South Australia!!!) to attend the mighty GENERATIONS IN JAZZ. The bus trip was a 7-hour long journey of bonding with peers, sleeping and lots of excited banter! Everyone was buzzing when we finally reached our destination… which happened to be in the middle of a paddock, also in the middle of nowhere. A massive tent was set up in one of the many paddocks in the area along with many other little event tents. Our first night started off with a BANG. We got to the massive tent and walked inside to find 8,000 other people, including students from over 130 different schools all raging with excitement to get the festival underway. Throughout the whole weekend we listened to inspiring musicians and vocalists including four very special star guests of Lizz Wright (Singer), Kurt Elling (Singer), Joey DeFrancesco (organ) and Rickey Woodard (tenor saxophone).

The Intermediate and Senior Jazz Bands are made up of our talented musical students. The two bands each performed one set item selected from their division and two items of their choice. The Intermediate Jazz band performed their set piece “Steadie Freddie”, and their chosen pieces “Kickin’ Back” and “Cry me a River” featuring Lily Holiday-Rider as the Intermediate Jazz Band’s vocalist. The Senior Jazz Band performed their set piece “Happy as Larrikins”, and their chosen pieces “Lindy Hopper’s Delight” and “Bewitched” starring Ella Watt as the Senior Jazz Band’s vocalist.

The two bands did Tintern proud and gave remarkable performances. The Senior Jazz Band was placed in a division with some hefty competition. Regardless of the pressure, the Senior Jazz Band delivered a grand performance and, out of 24 bands in the division, the Senior Jazz Band achieved a high rank of 12th place!

After our performances we were offered the chance to go and see some workshops where we could listen and talk to one of the most professional musical artists in Jazz! During the workshops we were able to hear about their journey and how they developed their careers in the world of music.

The Generations in Jazz is by far one of the biggest musical events our Jazz Band students have ever taken part in. We loved the thrill of the ride and will hold this to be one of our most memorable adventures at Tintern Grammar. Thanks must go to Mrs Clarke, Ms Bortolussi and Mr Kenny for looking after us so well on this trip.

by Ella Watt and Aaron Zhou, Choral Captain & Instrumental Captain 2019, Year 12

Small Ensembles Concert had something for everyone!

The Small Ensembles Concert on Wednesday 8 May was yet another excellent showcase of Tintern’s musical talents. The Clarinet Ensemble set the tone for the evening with two contrasting pieces – a stately “Pavane” to open the program and then a fun rendition of “The Lion Sleeps Tonight”. The contrasts continued with the Intermediate Flute Ensemble and the Saxophone Ensemble sharing some folk tunes and a spot of ragtime. A desert caravan came over the horizon with the Scrolls String Orchestra followed by a lovely morning serenade from the Senior Flute Ensemble. A vigorous rendition of “Cargo” performed by the Percussion Ensemble ensured we would stay awake. The Walton String Quartet provided us with an opportunity to enjoy the music of Beethoven in the “Scherzo” movement from his String Quartet in C Minor. The program had a rousing finish with 2 jazz numbers from the Contemporary Ensemble. One of the best things about this concert is that performers in the ensembles are at many levels in music experience, ranging from students who have just joined the ensembles to those students who are completing IB music. If you are learning an instrument you will find that these ensembles are an exciting, supportive and fun way to further develop your musical skills.

by Nicole Whyte, Instrumental Music Captain 2019

First Twilight Concert for 2019

The Twilight Concert is an event held each year where all students who learn to play an instrument or sing can perform a piece that they are currently working on to a friendly audience. The Twilight Concert is a great opportunity for students to show off their musical talent through their performance or even just to entertain and have lots of fun!

This year’s Twilight Concert featured works presented in various styles, which made for a program with great variety. The students were fortunate to be accompanied by our talented team of teachers; Ms McKenzie, Mrs Bezaire and Mr Taylor. We thank them for their work on the evening and in the lead up to the concert.

The music heard during the Twilight Concert was exquisite, and all the performers were well deserving of their audience’s applause. This concert was definitely an experience I would recommend to our Tintern Community.

by Aaron Zhou, Instrumental Captain 2019, Year 12

Another memorable Cathedral Service

On Sunday afternoon, students, parents, staff and alumni gathered for our annual Cathedral Service at St Paul’s Cathedral in Melbourne’s CBD.

As always it was a wonderful community event but extra special this year as the community was treated to a wonderful student composition. Molly Fleming in Year 12 composed ‘Audite’ (‘Listen’) for her IB composition portfolio. The piece is written for five unaccompanied voices (soprano 1 and 2, alto, tenor and bass) in the style of the great sacred choral works of the Renaissance period. A small group of senior singers was chosen to perform this work and they attended extra rehearsals in order to prepare for the performance at the Cathedral Service.

Another part of the musical offerings during the service involved a large choral force consisting of members of the combined Senior and Middle School choirs. They sang Psalm 121 (our School Psalm) and a beautiful contemporary arrangement of ‘Amazing Grace’ with stunning lead solos from Nora Scanlan and Madison Edwards-Turner. These were interspersed with the heavenly sounds of performances by our Chamber Orchestra resounding magnificently throughout the cathedral.

Well done to everyone involved in making the Cathedral Service such a memorable occasion.

Join us for a night celebrating ‘The Legends of Jazz’

Tintern’s Jazz Night always is a much-anticipated event on the Tintern musical and social calendar. Our Friends of Music Committee dress up the CM Wood Centre and the students certainly dig out their finery for a great night of music-making and dancing! Our jazz bands will have just returned from their exciting inaugural performances at the Generations in Jazz Festival at Mt Gambier and will be primed to give us some outstanding performances alongside the fabulous crooners and boppers in the choirs! We are welcoming a new guest dance band this year, “Shifafa on the Side”, who promise to have us up on the dance floor dancing the night away. See the flyer below for more details or follow this link to book:



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