The Music Academy kicked off its 2019 Concert Series with the Together in Music concert on Friday, 5 April. Involving a large number of CGGS staff, students and members of the wider community, it is one of the biggest events on the music calendar.
A large audience turned out on this cooler Autumn evening, which started with a beautiful trumpet solo by Year 9 student Annabelle Smith and a very lively, rhythmic performance by the Empire Concert Band. This was followed by the haunting sounds of the Resound Handbells, which showed how popular handbells have become in both the Junior and Senior Schools. A duet by Music Captain Roopa Sharma-Burton (Year 12) on flute and Mr Minh Le Hoang (guitar) demonstrated great technical skill and a unique opportunity to see a student and renowned specialist music teacher perform together. Finally, and not to be outdone, the Glanville-Hicks Symphony Orchestra played a selection of equally rousing pieces which also showcased solo performances by various talented instrumentalists.
Following a brief intermission, the audience was held enthralled by a glorious performance of the Sunrise Mass by Norwegian Composer Ola Gjeilo. This was a collaboration between CGGS choirs Chorale and Cantantes; CGGS Community Choir, the Llewellyn Choir, the Resonants and Oriana Chorale. The large ensemble of singers was accompanied by the Sutherland Chamber Orchestra, Holland String Orchestra and string section of the Glanville-Hicks Symphony Orchestra. This beautiful work required many hours of rehearsals with all groups and this was evident in the unity and harmony of the performance. It was a great demonstration of the strong links that music creates between the staff and students of CGGS and the wider ACT music community.
Together in Music was also the first opportunity in 2019 for the Friends of Music (FOM) to get together and catch up, while providing refreshments for performers and audience members alike. FOM was pleased to welcome Hong Gu, as one of the newer members and quickly kept her busy during the evening! There is always an open invitation for parents, students and friends to join FOM and anyone interested is welcome to speak to any FOM member during music events or contact the convener, Mrs Sue Borgo at any time.
On behalf of Friends of Music
Photo above: Resound Handbells ensemble performing at the Together in Music Concert.