Music Notes

CONCERT SERIES IN 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!


JUNIOR ORCHESTRAL AND CHORAL CONCERT (Years Prep to 6)

Wednesday 6 June 6pm, PAC

The following groups will be performing a wonderful array of entertaining music so come and relax in the beauty and comfort of our PAC.

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

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.

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

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

A delicious dinner will be served after the concert including "all you can eat" pizza, BBQ, quiches, salads, savoury dishes, finger food, fruit, desserts, home cooked goodies and drinks.

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)

Please come and enjoy the fun and the delicious food!


SENIOR CHORAL AND ORCHESTRAL CONCERT

Monday 23 July 7pm, PAC

The following groups will once again be performing a wonderful array of entertaining music so please come and enjoy another relaxing and exciting evening:

Senior Choir

Senior Orchestra

Concert Band

Middle School Orchestra

Year 7 and 8 Choir

Senior Chamber Choir

Middle School Chamber Choir

String Orchestra


FESTIVAL OF ORCHESTRAS!

Saturday 18 August 7pm, PAC

We are very excited that a Youth Orchestra of 70 players from Taipei is coming to Melbourne especially to perform in the PAC with our Huntingtower orchestras. The orchestra is conducted by Professor Joe Yamaji, a Japanese conductor who is President of the International Society of Amateu r and Youth Orchestras.

This will be an exciting event not to miss!!

The Huntingtower Senior and Middle school Orchestras will also perform so please come and enjoy a fabulous evening!


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)

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


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 last holidays solo concerts were also held for students preparing for AMEB exams.

Recently we have enjoyed the Junior Piano and Wind Solo Concert which gave us a wonderful opportunity to hear our talented performers from Years 1 to 6 and also the Little Symphony Concert (Years Prep, 1 and 2) where all our orchestral players performed a delightful solo (many for the very first time) and then joined together to entertain the large, enthusiastic audience with their enjoyable ensemble playing.

MORE SOLO CONCERT DATES

Thursday 21 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 2.30pm

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:

  • Diya Menon (Year 12) who recently won second prize at the PLC Charity Music Competition – a wonderful achievement!
  • Isambard Knox-Johnson (Year 9) and Melody Zhang (Year 4) who both gained High Distinctions at the recent AMEB exams – more wonderful achievements!
  • Jeremy Dong (Year 8) who was awarded the Certificate of Performance with Distinction at the recent AMEB exams – yet another wonderful achievement!
  • Other AMEB exam candidates also received wonderful results so well done to you all!
  • Members of the Small Ensemble who performed at the presentation to Mr Neville Smith of the 60 year Jewel service to Freemasonary. This was an extra special occasion because Mr Neville Smith is the very gracious, upstanding father of our own Staff Member, Mrs Janet Irving, and a member of the ensemble was past student Hamish Roe whose grandfather was a member of the Freemason's for many years and had been a close friend of Mr Smith. Hamish was certainly a very special "guest"!
  • Members of the larger ensemble of current and past students who performed at the VIP afternoon tea held for supporters of our new PAC. This ensemble played in the foyer of the PAC and the sound was amazing!


STRING ORCHESTRA TOUR OF EUROPE

Here is a list of the European Concert dates and venues in which our String Orchestra will be performing 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 8.30pm

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 are smaller this year.

Visit of the Taipei Youth Orchestra

Saturday 18 August 7pm

Concert includes performances by the Huntingtower Senior and Middle School Orchestras.

Waverley Eisteddfod Choral sections

Monday 20 August, Robert Blackwood Hall

Senior and Middle School Chamber Choirs

Huntingtower Arts in Round

Sunday 14 October at 2.30pm


MUSIC DATES TERM 2 2018

1. JUNIOR ORCHESTRA COMBINED WORKSHOP/CONCERT WITH PLC

Tuesday 29 May  1pm-3pm  PLC

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

Wednesday 6 June  6pm  PAC

3. RINGWOOD EISTEDDFOD – Small Senior Ensembles

Sunday 10 June 2pm

4. STRING ORCHESTRA FAREWELL CONCERT

Sunday 17 June   4pm  PAC

5. YEAR 3 AND 4 SOLO CONCERT

Thursday 21 June   6pm  Orchestral Room

6. STRING ORCHESTRA TOUR DEPARTURE

Thursday 28 June   6.25pm

7. STRING ORCHESTRA TOUR RETURN

Sunday 15 July   10.10pm


MUSIC DATES TERM 3 2018

1. CITIZENSHIP CEREMONY

Monday 16 July   6pm   Robert Blackwood Hall

2. SENIOR CHORAL AND ORCHESTRAL CONCERT

Monday 23 July   7pm   PAC

3. YEARS 10, 11, 12 SOLO CONCERT

Monday 30 July   6.30pm   Orchestral Room

4. WAVERLEY EISTEDDFOD

Commences Saturday 4 August   Orchestral Room

5. WAVERLEY EISTEDDFOD ENSEMBLE SECTIONS

Saturday 11 August   9am – 5pm   Orchestral Room

6. IPSHA CHORAL FESTIVAL

Junior Chamber Choir

Wednesday August 15   Melbourne Town Hall

7. FESTIVAL OF ORCHESTRAS

Visit of Taipei Youth Orchestra

Saturday 18 August   7pm   PAC

8. WAVERLEY EISTEDDFOD CHORAL SECTIONS

Monday 20 August   Robert Blackwood Hall

9. YEAR 8 SOLO CONCERT

Wednesday 22 August   6.30pm   Orchestral Room

10. SENIOR SCHOOL PRODUCTION – PAC

Tuesday 28 August Matinee Performance

Thursday 30 August Performance 7:30pm

Friday 31 August      Performance 7:30pm

11. YEAR 9 SOLO CONCERT

Tuesday 11 September   6.30pm   Orchestral Room

12. JUNIOR ORCHESTRA COMBINED WORKSHOP/CONCERT WITH PLC

Thursday 13 September  1pm-3pm   PAC

13. YEAR 10 SOLO CONCERT

Monday 17 September   6.30pm   Orchestral Room

14. VCE SOLO/GROUP RECITALS

During the Holidays TBA Orchestral Room