Music News | Junior School

Music is the one time when my head isn’t filled with briefs and opinions and all that is put on a shelf, and I just enjoy, or I’m thinking about the performance

– The Notorious RBG (1933 – 2020)

At the recent Junior School assembly, we were entertained by Ezekiel T (6La), who played Stokers Siding by Kerin Bailey on the saxophone. He has been learning for five years. Ezekiel plays in the Allegro Concert Band and Prestissimo Jazz. His sports of choice are rugby and basketball but he also likes mountain biking.  Ezekiel says, “I particularly like how shiny my instrument is”. After the performance Ms Cross commented, “Amazing! I closed my eyes for a moment and easily imagined I was in a jazz bar”. Well done Ekekiel!

The Prestissimo Jazz in rehearsal. Mr Southcott is a well-known jazz pianist who tutors the ensemble along with Mr Mályusz.

Special congratulations to Harry H (6Ta) who is currently performing in the TGS musical One Man, Two Guvnors. Deputy Head Master – Summer Hill, Mr Barr recently wrote, “I had the pleasure of attending the premiere of the Trinity Grammar School Drama Department’s production… While the twists and turns of the plot have the potential to leave an audience confused, or bemused, the quality of the performance, a hilarious pastiche of slapstick, riotous farce, gags, ad libbing, and the extraordinary dramatic ability and comedic timing of such a young ensemble made it an absolutely fabulous evening out”. I concur and highly recommend seeing this production. Make sure you say hi to Harry. He holds his own in this production and it is magnificent to see such an up and coming talent. I can’t believe he have already sustained a full gig at your age… Actually, yes I can. Congratulations Harry!

Harry H. in the One Man, Two Guvnors stage band

A children’s music production worth knowing about!

Wilfrid Gordon McDonald Partridge by Mem Fox and Julie Vivas has been set to music by Australian Composer Paul Stanhope. The Sydney opera House is hosting an immersive introduction to classical music performed by the ACO, based on the book over the next two weeks for kids. The season runs from today to 16 May. The show runs from approximately 30 minutes and there is a meet the instruments session included. Many of the TGS community will recognise the name Paul Stanhope as he guides many of the TGS Composer Fellows who write music annually for the Junior School Choir. The Junior School Choir has experimented with combining books and music. In 2020, we collaborated with Emma Greenhill on Let’s make paper boats. In 2018, we premièred two works based on the Children’s Book Council of Australia’s award winning The rainbirds by David Metzenthen and Sally Rippin.

In the same tradition of the links between Australian Literature and music, seeing Stanhope’s setting of Wilfrid Gordon McDonald Partridge played by the Australian Chamber Orchestra is highly recommended. Click here for more details.

Term 2 Week 4 Key Music Dates 

Assembly performances and Events: 

10 May        Geoffrey Olsen (5Yo) – piano

11 May        Studio Concert – Students of the Brass Teachers

17 May        Allegro Concert Band

27 May        Trinity Arts’ Festival – Gala Concert Combined Choir Rehearsal

2 June         Gala Music Rehearsal and Concert (City Recital Hall)

7 June         Studio Concert – Annette Smith’s students (Choir Room)

Term 2 Week 4 REHEARSALS 

Monday 

Mozart Strings (2:15 – 2:45pm) – Junior School (J1.9 and RoR) 

Intermezzo Strings (3:15 – 4:00pm) – School of Music Band Room (M1.2)           

Allegro Concert Band (3:15 – 4:10pm) – School of Music Orchestra Room (M1.3) 

Tuesday 

Junior School Choir (3:15 – 4pm) – School of Music Choir Room (M1.1 & M1GA) 

Choir Advanced Ensemble (3:15 – 4pm) – School of Music Choir Room (M1.1 & M1GA) 

Wednesday 

Prestissimo Jazz (from 7:30am) – School of Music Orchestra Room (M1.3)

Year 1 Instrumental (11:30am – 12:30pm) – School of Music 

Year 2 Instrumental (1:15 – 2:15pm) – School of Music  

Year 3 Instrumental (2:15 – 3:15pm) – School of Music 

Thursday 

Vivaldi Strings (from 7:15am) – School of Music Band Room (M1.2) 

Junior School Concert Band (from 7:30am) – School of Music Orchestra Room (M1.3) 

Friday 

Junior School Choir (7:30 – 8:20am) – School of Music Choir Room (M1.1 & M1GA) 

Choir Advanced Ensemble (7:30 – 8:20am) – School of Music Choir Room (M1.1 & M1GA) 

If you have any further inquiries for music, please contact the Music Department on 9581 6042. 

Trevor Adams | Director of Junior School Music


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