Congratulations to recipients of Kelson and Penelope Thwaites Music Awards
Last Friday, Mr Michael Kelson and his wife, Lyn, made their annual sojourn to Tintern to bestow this year’s Kelson Music Scholar Awards and the Penelope Thwaites Music Awards to five talented musicians. The awards are in their sixteenth year and honour the memory of Mrs Ilma Kelson (Mr Michael Kelson’s mother), who was Director of Music at Tintern from 1958 to 1973.
In honour of her memory, the Kelson Family has provided annual encouragement scholarships to be awarded to support the tuition of students in the pursuit of their music education. In addition to the Ilma Kelson Music Scholar Awards, the Kelson Family also initiated additional Music Scholarships ten years ago in honour of Ms Penelope Thwaites. Ms Thwaites, who is a world-famous pianist, was a student at Tintern from 1953 to 1960 and was School Pianist during her final three years at the school. She attended Tintern during the time Mr Kelson’s mother was Director of Music at the school.
This year’s recipients of the Awards are as follows:
Kelson Scholar Awards
Outstanding Senior Performer: Sarah Chen (Year 10) – Piano
(who also received her Licentiate of Music Certificate for Piano Performance at this Assembly)
Music Scholar Encouragement Awards: Natalie Owen (Year 11) – Harp and Ashley Honan (Year 7) – Tuba
Penelope Thwaites Music Awards
Best Performance of an Australian Composition: Zoë Forbes (Year 11) – Flute
Original Composition Award: Tristan Stafford (Year 9) – Piano
Congratulations to these students!
“Music is supposed to wash away the dust of everyday life.”
These were the famous words of late American jazz drummer, Art Blakey, who founded the Jazz Messengers in the mid-1950s. Today, his music is kept alive by his legacy band: Ralph Peterson and the Messenger Legacy, who washed away all traces of dust from the Friday night of their audience members on 7 June, through their performance at Bird’s Basement Jazz Club. Thirteen Tintern students, four teachers and one parent were witness to the electrifying show.
Bird’s Basement is a restaurant and hub of live music, nestled in the CBD, attracting a wide range of high-profile performers. The intimate nature of the venue allowed us to be seated mere metres away from the performers – which proved to be a unique (but very loud) experience.
The band comprised two saxophonists, a trumpeter, pianist, bassist and drummer – whose respective virtuosity served as inspiration for us all (and perhaps as a reminder of our comparative lack of skill). Ralph Peterson – the drummer and head of the band – was particularly mesmerising.
Peterson elevated the role of the drum kit from traditionally being in service to the soloists, to an instrument as dynamic and conversational as the saxophone. His meticulously crafted solos were not simply percussive, but melodic, and truly showcased his incontrovertible command of the kit. I overheard a lady say “I usually hate listening to drum solos, but I could listen to Ralph forever”, and I think that this quote testifies to his unique and musical style. Refusing to get locked into a continuous pattern, Peterson espoused the improvisational style that is hallmark of jazz and the complexity that underscores the bebop jazz genre.
Bebop is a style of jazz designed for attentive listening, rather than for dancing, lending itself to virtuosic improvised solos instead of memorable tunes. It was developed in the early 1940s, partly as a rebellion against the written arrangements of swing music. Art Blakey’s Jazz Messengers marked the transition into “hard bop” – an extension of bebop that evolved in the 1950s.
This concert was a wonderful opportunity for me to broaden my musical horizons while beholding some incredible musicians. We were even given a chance to speak to the jovial Ralph Peterson during the intermission, who was excited to see some young people at his show. The fact that the Messenger Legacy official t-shirts were only stocked in size men’s XL, suggests that they don’t have too many fans of either our age or stature…
Jazz – particularly bebop – is a style that many people of my generation aren’t exposed to. I had never been to a jazz concert before (other than the school Jazz Night!), so my experience of jazz previously, had been mainly through recordings. This performance convinced me that jazz is best served live… and preferably by Ralph Peterson and the Messenger Legacy!
by Ashleigh Dowling, Year 11 IB Music student
Music Camp this coming weekend!
Yes, it’s that time of year again, where all of our musicians and choristers converge on the CM Wood Centre and make amazing music for two and half days (as well as eat copious amounts of food and share much hilarity during the music activities prepared by our Music Leaders).
Students may wear casual clothes, but must wear a black shirt on Saturday for the famous Camp Photo! Students are reminded to return Camp Reply slips by Thursday, to assist with catering.
The ‘Camp’ schedule (this is an on-site camp – not a sleepover version) looks like this:
Friday 26 July
1.45-3.00pm – Intermediate Choirs (Boys & Girls)
3.00-4.15pm – AMEB Online Choir & Orchestra – ‘I Am Australian’
4.15-5.15pm – Concert Choir & Senior Jazz Band
5.15pm – Afternoon Tea
5.30-6.30pm – Senior Chamber Choirs (Boys & Girls)
Saturday 27 July
8.45am – Concert Band & Scrolls
10.30am – Morning Tea
11.00am – All Music Campers (Finale)
12.45-2.15pm – Lunch & Music-Themed Activities
2.15pm – All Music Campers (Finale)
3.15pm – Afternoon Tea
3.30-5.00pm – Chamber Orchestra & Wind Symphony
Sunday 28 July
12.45pm – All Music Campers (Finale)
2.00pm – Afternoon Tea & Quiz Time
2.45-3.30pm – All Music Campers (Finale)
3.30-5.00pm – Symphony Orchestra & Intermediate Jazz Band
Please direct all inquiries to the Music Office (9845 7837) or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Annual Music Concert – Friday 9 August
Join us for Tintern Grammar’s Annual Music Concert on Friday 9 August, 7.30pm in the CM Wood Performance Centre.
This concert showcases our larger instrumental ensembles and choirs. The program is filled with delightful musical offerings in a range of styles and concludes with an uplifting massed finale performed by all members of all ensembles. Find out more below.