Instrumental Music Update

Australian Combined Music Festival Success

During the recent School holidays, 23 Girls Grammar musicians travelled to Sydney to participate in the 21st Australian Combined Schools Music Festival. Hosted by Sydney Grammar School, the event brought together more than 300 young musicians from around Australia to form a Festival Concert Band, Choir and Orchestra.

Under the guidance of three internationally acclaimed directors, students worked intensively over four days to prepare for a final concert. The festival culminated in an exceptional concert in Sydney Grammar School’s unique Concert Hall, built five stories deep into the sandstone of the School campus. The students are to be commended on their exceptional work and achievements at the Festival.

Congratulations to Ashleigh Blundell (10L), Sophia Carroll (9L), Georgia Chapman (12M), Sally Grice (9E), Rebecca Groves (12H), Aravindi Gunawardena (11E), Alice Kuo (12W), Ashley Kuo (12W), Clodagh Mann (9G), Arabella Martin (10M), Scarlett McLellan (9H), Teagan Norman (8G), Yu-Zhen (Eva) Seet (11B), Sophie Shan (10E), Clare Tian (10M), Jennifer Tran (10L), Jessica Turner (12R), Amelia Vanderstoep (10L), Laura Verdasco (12G), Elisha Yin (12W), Emily Yu (12O), Lilly Zhang (10W), and Zhixuan Zhang (10L).

International Guest Conductor Workshops

This term, the Instrumental Music Department has already welcomed four esteemed guest conductors to work with students and staff. In Week 1, Professor of Music at the Hofstra University, Dr Peter Loel Boonshaft, and Chief Arranger at the United States Military Academy Band at West Point and Chief Arranger for The United States Army Band in Washington, Mr Paul Murtha, collaborated with the Band Program students.

In Week 2, choristers had the opportunity to work with Artistic Director of the Australian Brandenburg Orchestra and Choir, Mr Paul Dyer, and Conductor, Mr David Lawrence. Mr Lawrence is one of the United Kingdom’s (UK) most versatile conductors. He was recently nominated for a Gramophone Award for his conducting, has received a prestigious ARAM by the Royal Academy of Music and holds the Guinness World Record for conducting the UK’s largest choir.

Intermediate Band Workshops with Villanova College

On Wednesday 24 July, the Wind Symphony travelled to Villanova College to work as part of a combined band. The workshop culminated in a concert for parents.

Meanwhile, the Girls Grammar Concert Winds and Concert Band welcomed two Villanova College ensembles to a workshop in the Gehrmann Theatre and Band Room. All workshops were valuable experiences for sharing music-making with other students in the broader community.

Girls Grammar Choristers to sing with the Australian Brandenburg Orchestra

The Grammar Singers and Chamber Singers will perform with the Australian Brandenburg Orchestra and Choir in their 30th Anniversary Concert at Queensland Performing Arts Centre (QPAC) on Tuesday 30 July. Students will join the professional orchestra and choir for two anthems by baroque composer, George Frederic Handel: Zadok the Priest and The Halleluiah Chorus.

The Australian Brandenburg Orchestra play using instruments from the baroque period (1600-1750), including the baroque violin and the harpsichord.

Upcoming Term 3 Music Events

Brandenburg Orchestra at Handel’s Anthems and Fireworks Concert Tuesday 30 July, 3.30 pm to 6.30 pm (Concert: 7.30pm) QPAC
Open Day 4 pm to 8 pm, Friday 2 August Cherrell Hirst Creative Learning Centre
Choral Concert Friday 9 August Rehearsal: 4.30 pm to 6 pm (Concert: 6.30 pm to 8 pm) St John’s Cathedral
Brisbane Grammar School Senior String Festival 4 pm to 6 pm, Saturday 10 August; 9.30 am to 2.45 pm, Sunday 11 August; 4 pm to 6.30 pm, Monday 12 August; 4 pm to 5.15 pm, Tuesday 13 August; (Concert : 6.30 pm to 8 pm, Tuesday 13 August) Great Hall, Brisbane Grammar School Great Hall, Brisbane Grammar School
Chamber Music Competitions (Vocal) 9 am to 3 pm, Friday 16 August Choir Room (A1.02), Brisbane Girls Grammar School
Queensland Symphony Orchestra and Girls Grammar performance, ‘Latin American Gala’ 7.30 pm, Saturday 17 August Concert Hall, QPAC
Chamber Music Competitions (Instrumental) 9 am to 3 pm, Monday 19 August String Room (A1.03), Brisbane Girls Grammar School
Brisbane Girls Grammar School/Brisbane Grammar School Intermediate String Festival 3.30 pm to 5.30 pm, Monday 19 August; 3.30 pm to 7.15 pm, Tuesday 20 August (Concert: 6.30 pm) Centenary Hall, Brisbane Grammar School and String Room, Brisbane Girls Grammar School
Jazz and Percussion Concert 2.30 pm to 4 pm, Saturday 24 August Pool Lawn
Junior String Festival 3.45 pm to 5.45 pm, Monday 2 September; 3.45 pm to 6.30 pm, Tuesday 3 September (Concert: 6 pm) Gehrmann Theatre
Father and Daughter Dinner 6 pm, Wednesday 18 September Victoria Park Golf Complex

Australian Combined Music Festival

Dr Boonshaft working with the Girls Grammar Symphonic Winds and Wind Band.