Music News - June 2021

Music News - June 2021

Music News – June 2021

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St Hilda’s musicians are always busy preparing for their next performance and Term 2 this year has definitely reflected their musically active lives.

Middle/Senior School Musical – Matilda – The Musical

Congratulations to all of those involved with the School’s epic production of Matilda – The Musical. Whether singing their hearts out on stage or performing in the magnificent musical score on their instruments in the Orchestra, our girls truly excelled. Thank you to the wonderful audiences who filled Annand Theatre at TSS to the brim and enabled our magnificent cast and crew to show you the fruits of their intensive rehearsal period and present a magical piece of theatre. If you haven’t already taken the opportunity to view some of the fantastic photos from the production, click here:

State Honours Ensemble Program for Middle School – Griffith University Young Conservatorium

From 4-6 June, some of our Middle School musicians were honoured to be chosen to participate in the State Honours Ensemble Program for Middle School students, run through Queensland Conservatorium’s Open Conservatorium in Brisbane. They participated in workshops and a final concert alongside hundreds other musicians, showcasing the breadth and depth of artistic talent being nurtured by teachers, parents and schools throughout Queensland. Congratulations to:

  • Alexia Abela (clarinet), Sophie Hirabe (violin), Madeleine Jackson (voice), Erin Leinster (voice), Aurora Salmon (voice) and Alex Zheng (cello) from Year 8
  • Asharna Smith (voice), Olivia Song (voice) and Kate Taylor (tenor saxophone) from Year 9

St Peter’s Church Annual Visit, May Twilight Concert, TSS Community Choir, High Tea

  • Senza Ragazzi, Senior String Ensemble and our Junior School Captains made a beautiful contribution to the Holy Communion Service at St Peter’s at 9.30am on Sunday, 23 May. The performance of anthems, preludes and contribution to the congregational hymns added to the joy of the weekly service. Many thanks to Mr Chen Yang, Mrs Tania Edmunds and Mr Antony Zambolt for preparing these ensembles for this annual event.
  • The Twilight Concert on 25 May in Langford Theatre featured 18 soloists from Years 2-12 as well as Senior Choir, Junior Concert Band and Years 4-6 Vocal Ensemble (1st performance of 2021) in very accomplished performances. It was great to see a near full house of keen supporters there too, to witness the jam-packed concert.
  • TSS presented their 200 voice Community Choir singing a medley from “Phantom of the Opera” featuring a number of our St Hilda’s Singers on Tuesday 1 June, as part of their Performing Arts Festival in their new Annand Theatre. Special congratulations to Tasha Sheppard (Year 12) and Lia Goddard (Year 11) who featured in the solos as Christine and Meg respectively. Other singers included Zoe Mazey (Yr3); Chaiya Pema-Chawhan, Scarlett Shannon, Katie Spowart (Yr5); Saffy Rogers, Ruby Saw and Emily Wilson (Yr6); Eva Brinsmead (Yr8); Charlotte Byrne (Yr11) and Olivia Wright (Yr12).
  • HOTA was the venue for the Women’s Auxiliary High Tea on Wednesday 9 June where each of the Year 1 classes performed as individual choirs, Years 4-6 Vocal Ensemble showed their skill and performance ability and Junior String Ensemble serenaded the gathered crowd. The audience was very appreciative of the ensembles and many thanks to Mrs Louise Emery, Mrs Cherie Ishiyama, Mr Chen Yang and Mr Luke Sharp for preparing the girls to present in such a professional manner.

Congratulations to:

Flora Yang (Year 9) on completing her performance as part of the Prodigy Project with the Qld Symphony Orchestra where she rehearsed and played a cello duet with one of the orchestra’s cellists, as part of their visit to HOTA on Friday 7 May. Click here to see and hear Flora play!

Music Gala Concert 2021 – Sunday 25 July 3pm – Annand Theatre TSS

The 2021 Music Gala Concert to be presented by musicians from Prep to Year 12 on the second weekend of Term 3 is to be held at 3pm on Sunday 25 July at Annand Theatre – The Southport School.

This year’s concert will include some of our most favourite music, ranging in style from classical to pop, rock and music theatre. Performing ensembles will include Prep and Year 1 Singers, Years 2 and 3 Choir, Years 4-6 Choir, Senior Choir, Senza Ragazzi, Junior and Senior String Ensembles, Junior, Middle and Senior School Concert Bands, Big Band, and the Rhythm & Blues Band.

Parents and friends are encouraged to get in early to purchase good seats. Costs are $30 Adults and $20 for Students/Concessions/Children.  Performers do not need to purchase seats (unless parents wish their daughters to sit with them after their performance is completed).  A link for booking will be released before the end of the term.

What’s Up Next?

  • 15 June – Twilight Concert:  5pm Langford Theatre featuring Senior Choir and Senior/Middle School Concert Band
  • 20 July – Evening Stars Recital: 5pm The Chapel


Janette Kelly
Head of Music


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