An exciting Term 2 in Middle School Music

In recent years we have introduced a series of less formal twilight (and occasionally early morning) mini-concerts by our various ensemble groups. Several of these have been held recently. Last Monday the Year 7 Experienced Band and the Intermediate Wind Band presented six items to quite a large audience, and the week before our Middle School string groups presented an open rehearsal to another appreciative audience. Many of our other larger ensembles have performed in similar events in recent weeks. These events give the performers an early opportunity to get into performance mode, and they give parents a chance to witness what has been accomplished in these early weeks of the year. We are very pleased with the way our ensembles are working.

Orpheus Choir, Chamber Choir and our string players have made a huge contribution to the two Middle School Easter services held over the last two weeks. The ensembles put a lot of time and effort into learning their pieces, and we thank them for their hard work.

There are many exciting performances to look forward to in Terms 2 and 3 for our Middle School musicians. Orpheus Choir is about to launch into preparing ‘Bohemian Rhapsody’ for a special performance combined with Senior Choir at the Besen Centre in Term 3. Chamber Choir and Symphonic Band are also gearing up for the Anzac service which is in the first week of Term 2.

Additionally, after weeks of planning, Matilda finally gets off the ground next week as the 75-strong cast launch into a full week of rehearsals. We are greatly looking forward to exploring this wonderful story and starting the process of bringing it to life, aided of course by Tim Minchin’s wonderful music.

The Middle School Music Rehearsal Camp early in Term 2 will give many of our musicians a chance to work intensively for three days guided by a range of terrific tutors. It is wonderful to see how much can be achieved with opportunity for such concentrated rehearsals.

Martin Arnold
Head of Music