A Uniting Church coeducational independent day and boarding school in Marion, South Australia
Early Learning to Year 12

Director of Music - Edition 10 - 2019

Music Notes

Congratulations to Yajat Singh (Year 6 Wyvern) who completed his Grade 1 Viola - ABRSM exam and was awarded a Distinction.

Congratulations to the following students who took part in the State Music Camp over the Term 2 holidays. This involved a week of rehearsals under the direction of guest conductors: Charlotte Insanally (Year 7 Abbey), William Lam (Year 9 Forder), Freddy Ramly-Peck (Year 7 Crown), Luke Moriarty (Year 6 Charter).

2019 Australian Combined Schools Music Festival

On Wednesday 26 June a number of music students travelled to Sydney for the biennial Australian Combined Schools Music Festival. Westminster have hosted this event in 1991, 2001 and 2011, and with Methodist Ladies College from Perth now taking part and hosting the 2021 event, we will host again in 2023.

Schools involved include Brisbane Boys and Girls Grammar, Canberra Grammar and Canberra Girls Grammar, Wesley College Melbourne and Sydney Grammar who were our 2019 hosts. Sydney have recently built a new performance space, The John Vallance Hall, complete with a backdrop of a natural rock wall, and which seats 1500.

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Over 300 students come together from all over Australia to form a Festival Choir, Festival Orchestra and Festival Wind Ensemble. Students work intensely under the direction of some of the best conductors in the country. There was almost 20 hours of rehearsing in just over two days which culminated in a wonderful concert that produced a high level of musicianship across all three ensembles.

The concert finished with the 1812 Overture by Tchaikovsky, but all students were challenged by the repertoire which is generally well beyond what most schools would undertake.

Congratulations to all students involved in this event. Students who are currently in Year 10 and below might like to consider being involved in the Perth Festival in 2021.

ABODA SA Band Festival 2019

The ABODA SA Band Festival 2019 will again be hosted by Westminster School. The Festival begins on Wednesday 14 August and runs until Friday 16 August. Westminster will once again have a number of ensembles taking part in various categories. Some ensembles will take part during the school day but a few will also perform during the evening. The Senior Concert Band will perform on Thursday evening and Big Band 1 will perform on Friday evening (times to be advised). A program will be published in the next eNews. The Westminster community, parents and friends are warmly invited to this event.