Music News

Congratulations to Mr Marsden and our Concert Band, who received a Gold award on Sunday at the Australian School Band and Orchestral Festival. Thank you to all the students and parents for making their way the UNSW early on Sunday morning for this event. Thank you and congratulations to the students on all their hard work and efforts to make this possible.

Concert Band will also be performing at the NSSWE Spring Festival. The date/time for St Thomas concert bands performance has just been announced as Friday evening (7pm concert) the 13th September. Please put this date in your diaries and more information about arrival times and meeting points will come when we have it.

GONDWANA WORLD CHORAL FESTIVAL

During the holidays I was very fortunate to be able to attend the Gondwana World Choral Festival at the Conservatorium of Music in Sydney. This was a week- long festival hosting some of the best children’s choirs from all over the world, including the Sydney Children’s choir, Boston Children’s Chorus, Estonian Television Girls Choir, La Cigale de Lyon, Inner Mongolia Youth Choir and many more. The week included concerts, workshops, lectures and open-rehearsals, where I was able to observe some of the best conductors from the globe as they took their students through a rehearsal. I have come away with may ideas and techniques to use with our school choirs and improve their vocal skills.

On this weekend I was also able to attend a lecture by Dr Anita Collins, an award- winning educator, researcher and writer of brain development and music learning. The lecture was about her research and that of neuroscientists confirming the links between quality music education and neural enhancements, Language enhancements, executive function enhancements and social enhancements. This really confirmed to me how wonderful it is, and privileged we are at ST Thomas’ to have such an extensive music program including weekly music lessons for all classes, options to join choir, recorder in year two, our keyboard program and band program in years 3-6.