At the conclusion of this year's Generations in Jazz, Concordia’s Director of Music, Mat Noble, was honoured to receive the James Morrison “Spirit of Generations” Band Director's Award. Whilst this is a notable achievement, one great benefit of the award is that the recipient is able to host James Morrison at their school for a day. Consequently, last Wednesday, we were most excited to welcome James to work with and play alongside our students in Big Band 1, Big Band 2 and the Concert Vocal Ensemble.
We began the day with a special Music Assembly in which James generously participated. The Year 9 and 10 Special Interest Music class bands provided music for a brief devotion at the beginning of the assembly, and were exhilarated to be joined by James as they played. After the assembly, James spent the next four hours speaking with and playing with the ensembles mentioned above. The students gained rare insights into the way a musical genius like James thinks about music, but equally importantly, how he approaches life in general.
In between sessions, James agreed to be interviewed in our Media Centre, and this interview further showed his brilliance as a speaker, but also as a mentor.
The following video contains some highlights from the day.
We thank James for his visit which was an unforgettable experience for our students, and we hope that they were inspired to not only work hard at their music craft, but also to be focused on what is important to them in life.
Director of Music - Concordia Campus
Term 3 promises to be very busy for the St John’s Campus music students. There are a number of performances this term including:
- Friday 11 August - String Ensemble performance in the Hall from 2.30 – 3pm. All welcome.
- Friday 18 August - Grandparents’ and Special Friends’ Morning. Junior String Ensemble, Reception to Year 2 Choir, Year 3 and 4 Choir, Year 5 and 6 Choir, and Concert Band will be performing.
- Friday 25 August - Concert Band will be performing in the ABODA Festival at Westminster.
- Thursday 31 August - Our St John's Campus Music Showcase will be held in the Concordia Chapel at 7pm.
Rehearsals will be held during school time on that day. The following groups will perform on the night:
- Concert Band
- Junior String Ensemble
- Recorder Ensemble
- String Ensemble
- Percussion Ensemble
- Year Three and Four Choir
- Year Five and Six Choir
30 double bass students attended the Bassworks Workshop, held at Concordia College from 6 to 8 July. Henry 9MGI, Clark 9PSI, Lyora 7KWA and Nelson 10NMC all enjoyed spending time with Director Peter McLachlan and visiting artist Alana Dawes, along with Rob Nairn, who is Professor of Bass at the Juilliard School, as well as Etienne la France, who travelled from Québec to tutor at the event. Students participated in tutorials, as well as whole-ensemble rehearsals and benefited greatly from the expertise of those running the activities.
During the school holidays, four Concordia College Music students were fortunate to be able to take part at the Australian String Quartet Day at Elder Conservatorium. Nadia 12LNE, Haneulle 8EJO, Sterling 7AMA and Caleb 7AMA were all accepted for a position in a 36-piece chamber orchestra, which involved a full day of workshops, followed by a public concert in the evening. The students had an amazing time and the performance was simply phenomenal. They all got so much out of the experience, which they will now apply to their performances in the school quartets.
Concordia College was a very busy place for music activities, during the last term break. From 10 to 14 July, 240 students attended the SA State Music Camp, a non-residential music camp for orchestral and concert band students. There were five graded ensembles at camp this year, two Orchestras, two Concert Bands and a Junior Strings Ensemble. Many Concordia students auditioned for a position at the camp, and those lucky enough to attend were Zac 12SBU, Caleb 7AMA, Jasmine 8EJO, Anne 9SBR, Siyeon 5S, Dylan 7RHO, Tom 10JGE, Imogen 7RHO, Lyora 7KWA, Bailey 9PSI, Sterling 7AMA, Lachlan 11CFI and Liam 10MHA. After 4 days of intensive rehearsals, students presented an outstanding public performance to a sell-out audience on the final night of camp. It was pleasing to see a number of old-collegians tutoring at camp, being Thalia Huston ('12), Sami Butler ('11) and Amber Watkins ('16). This is the second year that the SA State Music Camp has taken place at Concordia, continuing a 55 year history of the camp in our state.