Music Notes

SENIOR HOUSE MUSIC FESTIVAL 2018

During Term 1 the school resounded with harmony as many groups (small and large) of choristers and instrumentalists took up the challenge of preparing for the 2018 House Music Festival. Every student in Years 7 to 12 was involved in the House Choir and over half of the students in each House performed in the House Orchestra. The House Music Captains delved deeply into the resources of their House and produced magnificent results in all sections. The orchestras and choirs played and sang with excitement, enthusiasm and a great variety of tone colour and the Instrumental Ensembles, Chamber Choirs, Soloists and House pianists also performed with remarkable poise, brilliance and musicianship.

The Festival was held over seven exciting nights, the first six evenings featuring concerts of talented soloists and instrumental ensembles. The final evening was held at Robert Blackwood Hall and the Huntingtower community must be thanked for the wonderful support given to the choirs and orchestras as the vast auditorium was filled by an enthusiastic audience.

The adjudicators Mr Errol Fernando and Mr Joannes Roose spoke about the immense value and privilege of being involved in performing in such a unique Festival and they were extremely appreciative of all participants including parents and members of the audience and of the extremely high standard achieved by the students. They were happy that the results were very close as all Houses deserved to be winners and the importance of the Festival is the participation, not the result! Nevertheless an overall result had to be given and Warrell's performances put them ahead. Only a small margin separated Rayner from Bruce and Mather. Congratulations and sincere appreciation to all involved.

Hearty congratulations to all students who participated in the House Music Festival and were able to produce performances of such a high standard. Special thanks must be given to our wonderful House Music Captains who undertook the enormous task of directing their respective Houses and did so with such commitment and electrifying success.

HOUSE MUSIC CAPTAINS 2018

Bruce

Leah Felsbourg

Chavelle Liu

Mia Rowland

Mun Joon Teo

Mather

Mihika Kapadia

Connie Lu

Molly Xiao

Kevin Yu

Rayner

Arvin Banerjee

Nishank Jain

Sasha Thompson

Warrell

Laeticia Garrett

Diya Menon

Claire Pang

Shue Wei Wong

ORCHESTRA CAPTAINS 2018

Kingsley Bishop

Miranda Brown

CONCERT BAND CAPTAINS 2018

Mitchell Mennie

Elise Rodrigo

CHOIR CAPTAINS 2018

Diya Menon

Sasha Thompson



OUR NEW PERFORMING ARTS CENTRE!

We have all been extremely excited by the completion of our wonderful, new Performing Arts Centre. It is a magnificent addition to our school and we are thoroughly looking forward to many exciting performances and events. Here are some of the upcoming musical events which will allow you to enjoy the superb performing space. Put them in your diary and come along!!

A beautiful ANZAC SERVICE was held last Monday and both the clarity of the spoken word and the radiance of the music were apparent. Several Senior students spoke very eloquently and the performances by the Senior Chamber Choir and String Orchestra were very relevant and extremely moving.

JUNIOR ORCHESTRAL AND CHORAL CONCERT (Years Prep to 6)

Wednesday 6 June 6pm

PAC

The following groups will perform:

Little Symphony

Little Choir

Junior Choir

Junior Orchestra

Junior Chamber Choir

Year 3 and 4 Orchestra

Year 5 and 6 Orchestra

Recorder and Percussion Ensemble

STRING ORCHESTRA FAREWELL CONCERT AND DINNER

Sunday 17 June 4pm

PAC

More details later in the Bulletin

SENIOR CHORAL AND ORCHESTRAL CONCERT

Monday 23 July 7pm

PAC

The following groups will perform:

Senior Choir

Senior Orchestra

Concert Band

Middle School Orchestra

Year 7 and 8 Choir

Senior Chamber Choir

Middle School Chamber Choir

String Orchestra

SENIOR SCHOOL PRODUCTION – PAC

A Musical Extravaganza!

Tuesday 28 August – Matinee Performance

Thursday 30 August – Performance 7.30pm

Friday 31 August – Performance 7.30pm

ARTS IN THE ROUND

Sunday 14 October 2.30pm (TBC)

PAC

More details will be given for each event as it approaches so please come and enjoy our magnificent building!



HUNTINGTOWER ORCHESTRAS/CONCERT BAND

All groups have now settled extremely well into the rehearsal schedule and are making wonderful progress. Full attendance is required at every rehearsal please so it would be extremely helpful if parents could remind students of the rehearsal times. Your help is much appreciated.

Rehearsal Schedule

Mondays  7.45am  String Orchestra

Tuesdays  7.45am  String Orchestra

NB. Wednesdays  7.45am  Middle School Orchestra

Wednesdays  8.25am  Junior Orchestra

Thursdays  7.45am  Concert Band

Fridays  7.45am  Senior Orchestra

The New Wind Ensemble will commence mid Term 2 and players will receive a notice before the first rehearsal.

Other smaller ensembles will rehearse at various times and individual players will be notified. Little Symphony (Years Prep, 1 and 2) will commence in mid Term 2.

All these instrumental ensembles (plus smaller groups such as string orchestras, brass ensembles, stage band and chamber groups) are a great source of enjoyment, fun, social interaction between students of all ages and intellectual stimulation creating a sense of belonging and self worth. The players enjoy the excitement of performing together and they develop a high level of concentration, responsiveness and alertness which is then channelled into their academic performance.

It is not too late to join!! If you are interested in learning an instrument and would like to investigate the possibility please don't hesitate to contact Lynley Bramble (BH 9807 8888 AH 9803 7701 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.)


HUNTINGTOWER CHOIRS

Huntingtower is extremely fortunate to have 7 amazing choirs and these groups are now formed and rehearsing enthusiastically.

Little Choir involves all students in Years 1 and 2 and Prep students will join in second semester. Junior Choir has all students in Years 3 to 6 in ranks and Junior Chamber Choir is a small group with students from Years 4 to 6 who have been chosen by audition.

Likewise the Middle School Chamber Choir (Years 7 to 9) and the Senior Chamber Choir (Years 10 to 12) are also small groups who have been chosen by audition.

The Senior Choir and Year 7 and 8 Choir involve a very large percentage of the Senior students who love to sing. Singing creates a wonderful feeling of team spirit and the students really enjoy taking pride in their achievements.


SOLO CONCERTS

At least one solo concert and sometimes two are held for each year level throughout the year. There are also special concerts for players in Years Prep, 1 and 2. Short solo concerts are also held for players from any year level throughout the school. These are especially useful for students who are preparing for exams, eisteddfods or auditions and would like more opportunities to perform.

During Term One our first solo concerts were our wonderful House Music Festival Solo Concerts held several weeks ago where we heard 180 amazing performances from students in Years 7 to 12 over six concerts. The next solo concert was for Year 5 and 6 String Players (concerts for piano and wind players are held later in the year.) The array of talent was wonderful and we also enjoyed two very entertaining items played by the Year 5 and 6 Orchestra.

During the recent holidays solo concerts were also held for students preparing for AMEB exams.

SOLO CONCERT DATES

Monday 30 April 6.30pm – Senior Solo Concert

Wednesday 9 May 6pm – Junior Wind and Piano Concert (Years 1 to 6)

Monday 21 May 6pm – Little Symphony Solo Concert (Years Prep, 1, 2)

Wednesday 20 June 6pm – Years 3 and 4 Solo Concert

Monday 30 July 6.30pm – Year 10, 11, 12 Solo Concert

Wednesday 22 August 6.30pm – Year 8 Solo Concert

Tuesday 11 September 6.30pm – Year 9 Solo Concert

Monday 17 September 6.30pm – Year 10 Solo Concert

September/October – VCE Recitals (dates TBC)

Wednesday 17 October 6.30pm – Year 7 Solo Concert

Thursday 1 November 6.30pm – New Wind Ensemble Solo Concert

Thursday 15 November 6pm – Little Symphony Solo Concert (Years Prep, 1, 2)


JUNIOR ORCHESTRA COMBINED CONCERT WITH PLC

Tuesday 29 May 2pm

PLC Performing Arts Centre

The Junior Orchestra are very excited about the opportunity to perform in PLC's beautiful new Performing Arts Centre. Our orchestra will combine with one of the PLC Junior Orchestras. The orchestras will each perform an individual work and then combine together to perform two more works. Please come along and enjoy another magnificent PAC which has recently been opened.


YEAR OF THE DOUBLE BASS!

The Double Bass is a spectacular instrument and is the extremely important foundation of any orchestra or band (Concert, Stage and Jazz). We have a wonderful Double Bass teacher and now we need some wonderful new Double Bass students!

The Double Bass is big but where possible students are able to keep one instrument at home and use one instrument at school (for only one hire charge.) Double Bass fees for lessons will be drastically reduced for the first two terms of tuition so do come along and try out a double bass and find out more about it – it is a great instrument to play!


HEARTY CONGRATULATIONS TO:

  • The small ensemble who performed recently for the Senior Citizens at Glencare. Each member of the ensemble played a short solo and then the ensemble performed together. The enthusiastic audience loved it all and especially enjoyed "When I'm 64" and the "Tango Trocadero" during which many of then stood up and danced!Special thanks to Laura Armstrong, Abby Poon, Isambard Knox-Johnson and Spencer Au.
  • The Citizenship Ensemble who performed at another Citizenship Ceremony in Robert Blackwood Hall. The outstanding commitment of the students and parents is very much appreciated.
  • Mrs Janet Armstrong and members of the String Orchestra who organized a sausage sizzle, bake sale and garage sale to help raise money for orphan children in Zimbabwe. It was an extremely generous idea of Mrs Armstrong to offer her home and it is part of an ongoing project in which the String Orchestra has raised large amounts of money for overseas charities and building projects.


STRING ORCHESTRA TOUR TO EUROPE

After the wonderfully uplifting and successful experience of performing at the Summa Cu m Laude International Music Festival in Vienna in 2014 and another equally successful tour to the UK and Europe in 2016 the String Orchestra are very excited to have been invited to perform in two International Festivals (non-competitive) in Provence (France) and Tuscany (Italy) and also in Switzerland in June/July 2018.

The String Orchestra will give a Farewell Concert and Dinner as a final fundraiser to enable the players to perform overseas.

It is on Sunday June 17 at 4pm in the Performing Arts Centre

A delicious dinner will be served at interval.

Tickets will be available at a later date on the Huntingtower website under 'Event Bookings' or can be bought at the door.

Adult $20 (including dinner)

School Student $5 (including dinner)

The program will be different from that performed in 2016 and it will be very enjoyable and easy to listen to.

Please come and enjoy the fun and the delicious food!

Here is a list of the European Concert Venues and dates just in case you may have relatives or friends who may like to go to one of the concerts.

SOLOTHURN, SWITZERLAND

Saturday 30 June 3pm

Jesuitenkirche

CHARMES, FRANCE

Monday 2 July 8pm

Château de Charmes

BOURG ST. ANDEOL, FRANCE

Wednesday 4 July 8.30pm

Palais Des Eveques

AIX-EN-PROVENCE, FRANCE

Thursday 5 July 8pm

Cathédrale de St. Sauveur

ISLE-SUR-LA SORGUE, FRANCE

Friday 6 July 8pm

Collégiale Notre Dame de Anges

FLORENCE. ITALY

Monday 9 July 9pm

Piazza Della Signoria at Loggia Dei Lanzi

MONTECATINI TERME, ITALY

Tuesday 10 July 9pm

Terme Tettuccio

SAN GIMIGNANO, ITALY

Wednesday 7 July 9pm

Piazza Duomo

VATTARO, ITALY

Friday 13 July 9pm

Piazza San Rocco



ARE YOU GETTING MARRIED, HAVING A 50TH WEDDING ANNIVERSARY PARTY OR ORGANISING A BUSINESS DINNER?

Huntingtower musicians would be very willing to provide a small (or large) ensemble to play beautiful music in a wide variety of styles at any occasion. They have a very comprehensive "gig" folder that includes many special requests. A small fee would be charged as fundraising for the Huntingtower Instrumental Fund.


SPECIAL DATES FOR YOUR DIARY

Junior Orchestral and Choral Concert (Years Prep to 6)

Wednesday 6 June at 6.00pm in the PAC.

All choirs and orchestras (involving students from Years Prep to 6) will perform so please keep the date free and enjoy a fantastic evening!

Senior Orchestral and Choral Concert (Years 7 to 12)

Monday 23 July at 7.00pm in the PAC.

All choirs, orchestras and Concert Band (involving students from Years 7 to 12) will perform so please keep the date free and enjoy another fantastic evening!

Waverley Eisteddfod Ensemble sections which usually involve every player from Years 3 to 12 on Saturday 11 August – please keep this date free also. The sections may be smaller this year because the PAC may not be available for outside bookings.

Huntingtower Arts in Round

Sunday 14 October at 2.30pm


MUSIC DATES TERM 2 2018

1. SENIOR SOLO CONCERT

Monday 30 April6.30pmOrchestral Room

2. JUNIOR PIANO AND WIND CONCERT (Years 1 to 6)

Wednesday 9 May6pmOrchestral Room

3. LITTLE SYMPHONY SOLO CONCERT

Monday 21 May 6pmOrchestral Room

4. JUNIOR ORCHESTRA COMBINED WORKSHOP/CONCERT WITH PLC

Tuesday 29 May1pm-3pmPLC

5. JUNIOR CHORAL AND ORCHESTRAL CONCERT (Years Prep-6)

Wednesday 6 June6pmPAC

6. RINGWOOD EISTEDDFOD – Small Senior Ensembles

Sunday 10 June 8.30am (TBC)

7. STRING ORCHESTRA FAREWELL CONCERT

Sunday 17 June 4pmPAC

8. YEAR 3 AND 4 SOLO CONCERT

Wednesday 20 June 6pmOrchestral Room

9. STRING ORCHESTRA TOUR DEPARTURE

Thursday 28 June6.25pm

10. STRING ORCHESTRA TOUR RETURN

Sunday 15 July 10.10pm