Music News | Preparatory School

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Soloists Competition

Thanks and congratulations to all students who were risk-takers and participated in the Soloists Competition.  All participants obtained invaluable performing experience by your participation. On Wednesday night the Finals Concert was held in the Orchestra Room and the Preparatory School was represented by David, Aaron, Adam, Lewis, Thomas and Marvin.

Congratulations to Thomas who won the Intermediate Section performing Tango Esta Noche by Lindsay-Clarke. We will all hopefully hear Thomas’ performance in the coming weeks.

Guitar Ensemble

The Guitar Ensemble rehearsals have continued every Monday at recess, featuring a group of six students from Years 4- 6. David, Aravinda, Thomas, Ethan, James and Oliver have been working enthusiastically on new songs while developing skills such as the ability to play in a group, working as a team, listening to each other and the conductor.

Some contrasting songs we have been practicing in the last few weeks include: Obwisana, an African popular song with a lively rhythm and a very joyful melody. The boys seem to have enjoyed the spirit of the song!

Sailing Home, which is a delicate and relaxing ballad composed by British guitarist Mark Houghton.

Largo, an arrangement of a Baroque dance in D major, composed by the French violinist Jean-Marie Leclair.

At the end of last term, every guitarist composed a short melody which will be included in an original composition by the students.

Co-curricular Absentee

A reminder that if you know in advance that your son will be absent from a co-curricular Ensemble rehearsal can you please, as a matter of courtesy email the director of the ensemble before the scheduled rehearsal of our son’s absence to ensure accuracy of attendance records.

Instrumental Music Absentee

Where possible twenty-four hours’ notice is required via email to the Instrumental teacher if your son will be absent from an instrumental Music Lesson, otherwise lesson charges will apply.

Geraldine Campbell | Director of Preparatory School Music

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