For the last 14 or so years, whilst remaining an active member of the Adelaide Symphony Orchestra, Martin Butler OAM has been an extremely hard working and inspirational leader of Concordia’s Orchestras, String Ensembles and String Quartets. It’s therefore with great pleasure that I pass on the news that over the Queen’s Birthday long weekend, he was awarded an Order of Australia Medal for services to the community through music. An extremely worthy recipient of this award, it is made all the more special because the honour came as a complete surprise to him.
Concordia is indeed blessed to have Martin as part of our team, not only because of the enormous musicality and skill he brings to his position here, but because he is a shining example of authentic service to the community.
Director of Music
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On Friday 15 June, the Senior Vocal Cabaret took place at the Fullarton Park Community Centre. The event was well attended by a 200 strong audience, including 29 students who each took their turn on stage to entertain guests. Year 10, 11 and 12 students who are having vocal lessons at Concordia, were given the opportunity to perform for family and friends, and share the efforts of themselves and their teachers. We would like to take the opportunity to thank our vocal teachers, Rosie Hosking, Andrew Turner, Kathie Renner, Teresa la Rocca, and Alice Ramsay for the work they do with our senior vocal students. The soloists were ably supported by the Jazz Trio “In-Sync” who performed three sets. We are sure that everyone who was able to attend had a thoroughly enjoyable night.
2018 Music Tour to France and Belgium – 100 Years, Lest we Forget!
We wish the 26 vocal and instrumental students and 3 music staff who will be travelling to France and Belgium during the school holidays for the 2018 Music Tour, safe travels. This contingent has been working feverishly to prepare a fine program of music as part of the commemoration of the 100th anniversary of the end of World War 1. They will give concerts in Le Hamel, Dernancourt, Vignacourt, Villers Bretonneux, Fromelles, Pozieres, Ypres (all significant sites of battle involving Australians between 1916 and 1918), as well as two locations in Paris. If you would like to follow their progress whilst they’re on tour, follow their blog.