This semester has been another productive one for Performing Arts at Gippsland Grammar.
This House Drama Festival, with a theme based on songs by The Beatles, was wonderfully hosted by our Drama Captains, Abby and Flynn. The students and staff were treated to superb performances prepared by each House, with Cranswick-Dargo taking out the shield this year. Well done to all students for putting in a huge amount of work to put together these performances. Our team of drama captains did a wonderful job martialling their Houses to create original performances that featured so many students from across the school. It was also pleasing to see an appreciative crowd of parents attend the evening performance, where the students let their hair down a little with some cameos in each other's House. Thank you to Aynslie Watson and Lauren Reid for their insightful feedback as judges of the event.
This year's Spring Concert at The WEDGE gave the School the opportunity to fittingly farewell our Year 12 musicians. Musically, we had a bit of everything. The Choir started the night with an African song of praise, Amen Siakudumisa and Archie Roach's Liyarn Ngarn featuring Josh on guitar. Our final Schoir performance from some of our Year 12s gave us the classics, Can't Help Falling In Love and Jolene.
The Big Bands were up next and didn't disappoint. Intermediate Jazz Band musicians, Isabelle, Jared, will and Harrison played some great improvised solos on Downtown Tang. David and Jack's solos on Drummin' Man were equally impressive.
Senior Jazz Band gave us an authentic rendition of Dizzy Gillespie's, a Night In Tunisia, featuring Emily on Trumpet. This was followed by an impressive performance of Grand Central Suite; a wonderful showband tune by Bill Holcombe with the solo on alto saxophone by Cameron Mekkan. Dulcie Holland concert Band opened the second half beautifully with Legend of Devil's Lake and Codebreaker and Percy Code Concert Band followed up with From Gold and River of The Ancients.
Sinfonietta transported us from Egypt to baroque Venice with a performance of Corelli's Concerto Grosso IV. We were then treated to a performance of the Nirvana classic, Smells Like Teen Spirit, featuring our Music Captain, Filly and Josh again on electric guitar. A combined big band, strings and choir closed the night out with a performance of This Is Me, featuring our departing Year 12 students. Thank you to all those who supported our students and staff. We hope you enjoyed the evening's music.
We have a few upcoming events for this year and early next year. The Middle Years and Small Ensemble Concert at St Paul's Cathedral on Thursday, 6 December at 6pm promises to be a great night of music. Please come along to support the students. Dean Susanna and her team always put on a lovely supper after the concert.
This year's Carols in the Park on Wednesday, 12 December, from 5:30pm in Sale Botanic Gardens, will feature three of our groups, Senior Jazz, Sinfonietta and Choir, performing some Christmas classics to help get the town into the festive spirit.
We are looking forward to next year's Music Camps at Waratah Beach Camp and in February we have seven students jetting off to Shanghai for the International Schools Choral Music Festival.
Finally, the ARIA Award winning acapella group, The Idea of North, will be coming to Gippsland Grammar on Friday, 15 March for vocal workshops with our Bairnsdale, St Anne's and Garnsey choirs. We are delighted to announce they will also be combining with our choir to perform in the Chapel of St Anne. Stay tuned!
Head of Music Department