Music Matters

Concerto Concert brings exceptional talent to the CM Wood stage

The Concerto Concert showcases the very best talents of music students at Tintern. In this preliminary concert, which occurs every 2 years, students prepare and perform a movement from any concerto of their choosing, with a piano accompaniment. Movements can up to 10 minutes and are almost always extremely challenging. In order to prepare their pieces to a performance standard, students must strive to overcome technical challenges such as fast passages and new techniques of producing sound and explore a range of tones of their respective instruments. They also must work with their accompanists to achieve a cohesive ensemble.

On 11 March, performers did precisely this – each and every performance demonstrated students’ exceptional skill and dedication to their instrument and performance. Months of focused preparation dedicated to a single goal, culminated in wonderful performances from all participating students.

The secondary purpose of this preliminary concert was to select four of the best performers, to prepare to play their concerto movement with an entire orchestra accompanying them at our Concerto Showcase in June. Our adjudicator, Mr Joseph Lallo, was given the unenviable task of selecting these performers. Mr Lallo works at the University of Melbourne in the Conservatorium of Music and brought a wealth of both national and international experience with him to share with us all.

All performers demonstrated a commendable effort. The four performers selected by our adjudicator for the Showcase were:

Lilli-Holiday-Ryder and Issac Hong Concerto for Two Clarinets in E-flat Major, Movement 1 by Franz Krommer.

Clarisse Liew Violin Concerto No 3 in B Minor, Op 61, Movement 3 by Camille Saint-Saëns.

Sarah Chen Piano Concerto in A Minor, Op 16, Movement 1 by Edward Grieg.

Lydia Tan Violin Concerto No 3 in B Minor, Op 61, Movement 1 by Camille Saint-Saëns.

Congratulations to the selected performers, as well as all those who performed their challenging pieces to such a high standard on the night!

Joshua Choong, Year 11

School Pianist 2020

 

Beauty and the Beast Orchestra

The pit orchestra for this year’s musical have been hard at work for the last 4 months, practising and rehearsing to complete the musical experience along with the actors and backstage crew. Due to the recent Coronavirus outbreak, this year’s production of Beauty and the Beast quickly became a very different scenario from previous years. It was decided that running the show for four nights with an audience full of people would be too much of a risk for the community and everyone involved. The solution was that we were allowed to perform, but only once on the Wednesday night, and to a camera crew instead of a full theatre. However, through the disappointment from the cast, crew and musicians, each and every person put in their all and made it a fantastic show. Being a part of the small orchestra that played for Beauty and the Beast was a great experience, and we all became very close and shared lots of laughs through the process of preparing for the show. The performance went perfectly, and it proved that we can adapt and be resilient in the face of uncontrollable circumstances, and I think that was a really valuable lesson for all of us. There was a lot of positivity shared and it’s something I will never forget. I had a great time at all of the rehearsals, and it all made the performance on Wednesday very special as my last ever at Tintern.

Alice Church, Year 12

Instrumental Captain 2020

 

AMEB Conferring of Diplomas Ceremony

The AMEB 2020 Conferring of Diplomas ceremony, held at the Hawthorn Arts Centre on 15 March was well attended. Associate (AMusA) and Licentiate (LMusA) awards were presented to the diplomats for many instruments including piano, violin, viola, cello, classical guitar, flute, oboe, clarinet, trumpet, trombone, saxophone, horn, voice, musicology, and orchestration & arrangement. This is considered one of Australia’s most highly regarded diplomas in the study of music and speech. Additionally, there were some Rockschool Diplomas in Music Performance and some special AMEB awards presented. Tintern was very well presented at the ceremony with Lydia, Josh and myself attending. Lydia Tan (Year 11) was presented with her AMusA with Distinction for violin, Joshua Choong (Year 11), his AmusA on viola and I received my LMusA on violin.

During the ceremony, there were two lovely performances by a cellist and a flautist. Fortunately, this ceremony occurred right before the government implemented the ban of large gatherings over 500 people! This is a celebratory event where many photos and memories are made to mark the special occasion. The ceremony serves to remember the achievements of musicians’ hard work and commitment to attain an exceptionally high level of skill on their instrument.

Clarisse Liew, Year 12

Instrumental Captain 2020

 

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