Our outstanding ensembles

Third term sees the Performing Arts Department involved in many performances, both external and within the school community. The Whole School Choral Concert on Wednesday 30 July was a delightful evening of music, with great variety presented by our choral groups, spanning the Junior Schools right through to our senior students. A highlight of the evening was of course our guest soloist, Old Carey Grammarian Kathryn Radcliffe (2004). Kathryn performed both as a soloist and with the senior students. The evening ended impressively, with the combined choir, which included all the students who had performed throughout the night, performing music from Faure’s Requiem. A huge thank you to all of the vocal staff for their work with the groups leading up to the concert, and for the tremendous effort on the evening co-ordinating so many students on and off the stage.

On Saturday 27 July, the Carey Zupforchester (Mandolin Orchestra) took part in in the Classical Guitar Society of Victoria concert at Methodist Ladies College. The Carey students presented themselves brilliantly, receiving some outstanding feedback regarding their poise and focus, dynamic contrast, rhythmic accuracy and engaging presentation. Year 10 student Emma Gebert led the performance supported by other section leaders, Ollie Leng, David May, Ben Gale and Thomas Nheu. Special thanks to Paula De Gilio for her assistance at the performance and special guest from the Melbourne Mandolin Orchestra, Adam Tate.

Carey Baptist Grammar School is the only school in Victoria to have a student-run Mandolin Orchestra. The Zupforchester is going from strength to strength, and is yet another way in which Carey students actively engage in music making at a deeper level. Many of the students in this group have only started on the instrument this year, and their success at this performance is a credit to their resilience and commitment to learning a musical instrument.

Every year, the ensembles from Carey participate in The Victorian School Music Festival. The Festival attracts thousands of students from schools all over Victoria and beyond, with the ensembles performing at least three pieces which are then workshopped by a guest clinician. The Year 7 Wind Band performed last week, under the direction of Daniel Neal. They played extremely well, showing great preparation and a mature understanding of the music for a band so young. The Chief Adjudicator was very complementary, stating that he thought they were an outstanding ensemble, and awarding them Platinum for their performance. Congratulations to Daniel and the band, and we will wish the bands and choirs who are still to perform all the best for their performances. 

Upcoming Events

Winter Strings Concert
Tuesday 13 August, 7.00pm

Senior School Play – The Laramie Project
Thursday 22 – Wednesday 28 August

Carey Variety Night
Friday 30 August, 7.00pm

IB/VCE Unit 4 Recitals
Wednesday 4 September, 5.00pm

JSD Production – Beauty and the Beast JR
Thursday 5 – Friday 6 September

Senior Ensembles Concert
Tuesday 10 September, 7.00pm

Sally Davis
Acting Head of Performing Arts