A wonderfully musical ending to the semester

‘Where words fail, music speaks’ – Hans Christian Andersen

What a wonderfully musical ending to the semester it has been! There have been many presentations, performances and events, and here is a snapshot of what has occurred recently:

Fully Strung VSMF String Section
Fully Strung orchestra worked hard to refine their music for presentation at the recent Victorian School Music Festival (VSFM). The students presented themselves well and represented Carey with pride on the day. Playing at the beautiful Hawthorn Arts Centre is always a treat and Fully Strung received very helpful input from the chief adjudicator during their onstage tutorial. Receiving a silver award on the day, Fully Strung are now implementing that advice and aiming to further develop and refine their performances. It was a wonderful learning experience for our students and both Mr Johnston and I appreciated the support of the parents who attended.

No Strings Attached and Bumbl3 Presentations
Each of these training ensembles has presented their learning to date at less formal occasions. Bumbl3 presented a selection of songs before the Junior School including a Russian folksong and multipart songs. No Strings Attached had their presentation prior to school and it included both ensemble as well as solo performances. Well done to our Year 3 and 4 students involved.

Piccolo Canto Concert
Our Year 1 and 2 students combined to form the Piccolo Canto choir and presented a very colourful and lively concert for a highly appreciative audience. It was certainly a visual feast for all, who saw our young choristers dressed in House colours, looking more like a large box of Smarties than a choir! A highlight of the morning was the song ‘Cloud Watching’, ably supported by an audience of cloud animals, a rhythm section (piano, bass and drums) as well as ‘a grumpy boy’ (Mr Tan). My many thanks to our Year 1 and 2 staff who support this concert so well, our music staff for playing support act (Christine Luo, Ivan Rosa and Belinda Young-Healy) and of course the wonderful parents and friends who attended and joined in the fun. Well done Piccolo Canto for your fine concert!

MSO Year 2 Excursion
Year 2 students were on the hunt for some ‘dangerous creatures’ at the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra (MSO). Snakes, spiders, scorpions; swan, lion or aquatic sea life; which was the most dangerous of them all? The MSO presented a wonderful concert that featured a selection of music from Saint-Saëns Carnival of the Animals as well as contemporary Australian composer, Michael Hindson’s Dangerous Creatures. Speaking with the students afterwards, Year 2 all agreed that they really enjoyed the concert, learnt a lot about the orchestra and the instruments in it – but were quite philosophical about how every student appreciated a different piece of music from the very same concert. Year 2 are now very much looking forward to beginning their string program next term and have had a wonderful exposure to fine music and what a symphonic orchestra can do.

Winter Concert
After a particularly wintery blast in Melbourne, we held our Winter Concert. All of our major ensembles performed to a capacity audience in the warm IWA. The diversity, range and depth of what is offered musically here at Carey was clearly on display during this concert. Three soloists performed (Oliver on bassoon, Alana on violin and Kara on drumkit) whilst each ensemble presented a highly varied and interesting diet of music from classical, contemporary Australian to more popular choices. Congratulations to each musician involved on the night and a special thanks to all of the Music staff who contributed to make this concert run so smoothly. Lastly, thank you to our wonderful Carey community who supports live music so well.

Timothy Barker
Head of Junior School Music