Boys’ School Music Extravaganza

September 04, 2019 at 1:30 PM

It may be over 50 years since the Beatles penned their most memorable songs, well before the time of our current students and the majority of their parents, yet such is the power of music to transcend time and ‘fox’ the brain, the more ‘mature’ members of last night’s Music Extravaganza audience could instantly recall every word of the Performer’s Choir opening number – a Beatles medley, including Sergeant Pepper’s, ‘We hope you will enjoy the show!’

How could we not enjoy the show – music at the Boys’ School is always fabulous!

The Pipe Band were on parade to greet the audience on arrival and it was quite clear how well this group have become established over the last few years. Cultural prefect, Oscar Horton was MC for the evening and did a fantastic job introducing each group, beginning with the the largest ensemble, the Symphonic Orchestra, playing a March by Handel and the Eastenders’ theme. This group has experienced instrumentalists playing alongside those who are just beginning, to give the new players support and ensemble experience, and they did a sterling job!

This was followed by a change in tempo when the Jazz Band got behind ‘Uptown Funk.’ There is great strength in our jazz musicians and they clearly relished playing this number!

The evening was filled with some fantastic solo performances from our more accomplished young musicians, showing a depth and breadth of talent on a range of instruments, as well as small group ensembles. From piano to violin, trumpet and guitar, and performances from the flute choir, recorder consort, jazz ensembles and guitar group, there was much to enjoy – and a surprise or two, including a piece by a staff band!

Our choral programme has always been strong, producing many fine singers as witnessed during this year’s performance, alongside visiting Geelong Choir, in the Holy Trinity Cathedral. First to the stage were the Saint Kentigern Singers singing ‘Sun Arise’ and Bruno Mars’ ‘You can count on me.’ This is a choir for those who simply love to sing – and it showed! Talented soloist, Charles Adams sings solo on many occasions, this time drawing he audience in with ‘Ave Maria. Our Performers’ Choir learn a variety of works, both secular and sacred. They followed on with a polished performance of ‘Homeward Bound’.

The evening closed with the Jazz Band who never fail to entertain. They set toes tapping and hums humming as the audience left with two upbeat numbers: ‘Happy’ and ‘Merci, merci, merci.’! What a fantastic evening!

Principal, Mr Peter Cassie thanked the musicians and their music teachers for all they do for the School, urging them to continue their commitment - for ‘the world would be a boring place without music!’

We wish all the groups going forward to the Lewis Eady Competition all the best of luck!

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