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Performing Arts Department

Throughout this semester we have seen our performers at their very best. In the upper years, our VCE Theatre Studies and Music Performance students celebrated the culmination of many years of work to perform their theatre monologues and for the musicians, their solo performance repertoire. The students worked tirelessly preparing for these assessments and it was lovely to see quite a few parents and friends attend the Theatre Studies monologue recital on Monday 18 September and the VCE Solo’s Concert on Sunday 1 October.   


The Gippsland Grammar Spring Concert was held at the Wellington Entertainment Centre for the first time. On Friday 20 October we moved our equipment out of the Music Department and down the road to The Wedge. The hours upon hours of rehearsal throughout the year paid off. The concert was a very special evening with excellent performances from our large ensembles and choirs.   


The evening’s tone was set beautifully by the choir with their renditions of the poignant ‘Famine Song’ and Cia’s ‘Never Give Up’. This was followed by Boys 2 Men and Schoir. The ensemble section of the concert opened with Sinfonietta performing three pieces; Tchaikovsky’s 'Serenade for Strings', 'The Bird Fancyer’s Delight' and finishing with a spirited rendition of the Overture from Rossini’s ‘Barber of Seville’.  


During interval it was wonderful to see some of our popular musicians performing some of their favourite tunes in the foyer.  The band (currently unnamed) consisted of Aaron, Millie, Liam, Jeremy, Pierce and Josh. If you would like to name the band, feel free to send through some suggestions!  


The second half of the show was kicked off by the Intermediate Jazz Band featuring solos by Jordan and Tom.  Senior Jazz Band gave us a selection of big band standards from Count Basie and Sammy Nestico, and the wonderful Latin piece ‘Lo Que Te Has Perdido’, wonderfully arranged by our very own Brad Cruikshank. It was also great to get some history on the pieces by Mr Cruikshank and even better to hear such inventive solos by Xavier, Hannah and Cameron.   


The Dulcie Holland Concert Band performed very well and their performance of El Toro was particularly energetic. It is wonderful to hear the up and coming talent of our musicians. Quite a few of these musicians will be moving into Percy Code at Rollover. Testament to their hard work and passion for music.   


After the Percy Code Concert Band performed a very high quality selection of concert band music, the grand finale for the evening was Percy Code combined with our choirs performing Robert Buckley’s ‘Walking to the Sky’. It was a brilliant sight to see almost all performers and staff on stage together.   


The evening provided us a special opportunity to bid farewell to our outstanding Year 12 students. They have been wonderful role models throughout their time at Gippsland Grammar and have put in countless hours in the practice room and on the stage. Thank you to Hannah, Xavier, Gabrielle, Georgia, Ally, Annabelle, Charlotte and Christine.  


Thank you also to Matthew Lawless and the Lawless family for their very generous Lawless Family Award. This year’s recipient was Hannah for her outstanding contribution to the Music Department; a quiet achiever and an excellent role model to all. Well done, Hannah!  


Thanks must go to our wonderful Friends of Performing Arts. Their contribution to the artistic life of our students is much appreciated. The students certainly appreciate their culinary offerings. If you are interested in being part of the FoPA, don’t hesitate to contact Liz Harrison or me in the Music Department.   


Congratulations to all of our performers on a wonderful evening of music and for their dedication to music throughout the year. As Confucius stated ‘Music produces a kind of pleasure which human nature cannot do without’.   


On Friday 3 November our Upper Years performers ventured out to St Paul’s Cathedral to perform a selection of solo performance pieces. Thank you to The Rev Susanna Pain for providing such a lovely supper and well done to all the performers. Keep your eye out for more performances in the Cathedral this year and next. It is a beautiful venue for our students to perform in, with amazing acoustics.   

Below are some upcoming events for this year and next. We would you to join us to celebrate the talents of our students.    


Upcoming events  

  • Middle Years Concert – Friday 1 December 7:00 @ Chapel of St Anne’s  
  • Chamber Ensembles Concert – Thursday 7 December @ St Paul’s Cathedral  
  • Vivaldi’s La Notte flute concerto featuring Grace Houghton and our chamber ensembles  
  • Carols in the Park – Tuesday 12 December  
  • International Schools Choral Music Society Festival in Suzhou, China  


Matthew Goss  
Director of Performing Arts