by Karoline Kuti, Music Coordinator & Teacher Years 8-12
Congratulations to our amazing students who participated in the classical concert on Monday night last week. We were treated to so many wonderful performances from both the Primary and Secondary Schools, including pieces from our choirs, orchestras, the cello ensemble and All-In Group.
What is apparent is that, with another year of perseverance and dedication, our students have developed their skills to even higher standards and we can all be really proud of their efforts.
This journey was epitomised by seeing Abi from the Kindergarten playing violin as part of Arlington Strings in her first public performance, as well as hearing Veronica and Ryn from Year 12 sing in their last classical concert before graduating in a couple of weeks. It’s thrilling to see students work hard all year to hone their craft and share it with us all in this formal context.
Pavement Choir was challenged to sing Mozart’s ‘Ave Verum Corpus’ which was the first time many of us have sung in Latin. It was wonderful to see so many new faces join the choir for this one.
Masterful performances of Bach, Mendelssohn, Clementi, Nyman, Glinka, Saint-Seans, Vivaldi, Bellini and more were such a treat and the audience was brilliantly ‘Preshillian” in that there was so much support and love for all. It is a huge reminder of the importance of parents, teachers, family and friends coming to support students in this way.
Special mention also needs to go to Gulliver from Year 10 who not only accompanied the choir on piano but also conducted some quite complex works by Strings Attached.
Best of luck also to two more VCE music students who performed for us - Will and Josh - and congratulations to Ebony, Mila, Ezra, Nichaud, Dante, Tilda, Allegra, Acorn, Stella and Gulliver who all performed solos. A special thanks also goes to Mat from Year 10 who revealed himself to be an informative, entertaining and funny MC.
Our students are supported by a wonderful team of professionals and volunteers and we are grateful to Joshua Kelly, Atilla Kuti, Alice Brayden, Ceridwen Davies, Katrina Holmes à Court, Jenny Lane, Helen Kerr-Lawley and Bronte Howell.