Volunteers’ Morning Tea
On Wednesday 10th May, we had the honour of performing at the Volunteers’ Morning Tea at the DECD Centre Gallery, Adelaide. This event allowed DECD to officially recognise the invaluable contribution made to the organisation and the community by volunteers. The six students involved (Lucas Horta, Hanz Matutina, Matthew Stone, Emma Richardson, Jess Hok and Serena Duke) were grateful for the opportunity to perform their solo repertoire to a very appreciative audience in preparation for their performance exams at school.
On April 8th 2017 rock band Experiment One took out the 2017 Murray Bridge Battle of the Bands. This prolific young group that includes three Brighton students (Ben Waltho, Charlie Waltho and Isaac Byrnes) blew away the opposition to win $1000 worth of studio recording time. The group aims to follow up on their first EP, Tic Tacs and Mardi Gras, recorded last April and released in September, 2016.
In their first official performance, the 2017 Tour Choir braved the early Tuesday morning of April 25th in the middle of the school holidays to sing at the ANZAC Day Dawn Service at Brighton Jetty. As is the tradition at this solemn occasion, the choir sang four hymns, O Valiant Hearts, Abide With Me and the national anthems of Australia and New Zealand.
On Wednesday 29th March, eight senior students performed as part of the Recitals Australia Lunchtime Concert Series in Pilgrim Uniting Church, Adelaide. Stephen Badger, Jim Zhang, Tim Braslavskiy, Esmond Choi, Emma Richardson, Kiran Sachdev, Lauren Owens and Charlotte Rayner presented a varied program, which was recorded by 5MBS and will be broadcast at a later date.
Beauty and the Beast
On Wednesday the 22nd of March, the Amoroso String Quartet (Emma Richardson, Lauren Owens, Kiran Sachdev and Charlotte Rayner) performed at the Beauty and the Beast premiere in Glenelg’s new Greater Union Film House. We entertained over 150 guests who attended the special “Chicks at the Flicks” event, which included food and drink, market stalls and prizes. It was a fantastic atmosphere in which to perform and we were honoured to represent our school in the local community.
Elder Conservatorium Chamber Orchestra
In a real Term 1 treat, the Elder Conservatorium Chamber Orchestra performed for our students on Thursday 16th March in the Brighton Concert Hall. Directed by Head of Strings at “The Con”, Elizabeth Layton, and including Old Scholars, Harriet Davies, Lilla Davies-Ardill and Mae Napier-Traeger, the orchestra presented a dazzling program of Mozart, Neruda and Grieg.
Merit Ceremony 2017
On Tuesday the 7th of February 2017 Big Band 1 performed in the gardens of Government House as guests arrived for the 2017 SACE Merit Ceremony. We were extremely fortunate that this outdoor event took place on the one day of the week that was not raining or extremely hot. Congratulations to Esmond Choi, Lilla Davies-Ardill, Christopher McDonald and Kimberly Wong for achieving merits for Stage 2 Music subjects.
Tour Down Under
On the 17th of January 2017, I had the honour and privilege to perform the Australian National Anthem at the Stage 3 Opening of the Tour Down Under. It was a wonderful opportunity to be a part of such a large community event which is not only known nationally but internationally as well. This was a truly proud moment and one I will never forget.