‘Rich depth of talent’ at Ensembles Concert

The first IGS Ensembles Concert in a year played to a packed Hall of masked parents, carers, families and staff.

Year 4 musicians from the instrumental and Music Discovery programs launched the concert, warming up the delighted crowd for a feast of music from older students.

“It’s really exciting to finally have this concert,” said Year 12 Music Portfolio Leader Nell Sharwood.

“The Hall is at full capacity. It feels calm and restorative.”

Nell said music had created a safe haven for her during lockdown, when she sang, listened to music, played violin or clarinet, or wrote music.

“Being back together, having harmonious moments in ensembles … it’s beautiful. Music is something that’s It’s been two years of on again and off again.

“Music is such a vibrant aspect of the School. It feels so empowering to come and make some sounds together.”

Congratulations and thanks to Nell and Primary School Music Leaders Orla and Cyrus for hosting the concert, and to all the musicians and vocalists and their committed and talented teachers and tutors.

IGS Director of Music Darren Kuilenburg congratulated all musicians who performed at our first Music Ensembles Concert on Wednesday evening.

“After almost a year since our last live performance, students confidently presented a range of musical skills and talents in front of parents, caregivers, staff and family friends,” Darren said.

“Under the baton of our Ensemble Directors, students from across the Primary School and High School presented a diverse range of repertoire and showcased their music learning adventures from across this past semester. 

With performances from small ensembles through to large-scale groups from the Years 4 and 5 IGS Instrumental Program, it was clearly evident that the students thoroughly enjoyed sharing their music with the IGS School Community.”

Darren thanked Acting Head of Music Performance Fiona Lucas, for leading all our conductors and music tutors across this semester.

“We are also very grateful to be working in association with leading Music specialists, who continue to inspire our students in pursuit of musical artistry and excellence, and for the ongoing support from the School Community,” Darren said.

“What was evident at the performance on Wednesday night, was the rich depth of talent within our group IGS musicians, and we thank each individual for displaying such resilience, perseverance and determination, in once again, ensuring that the beautiful sounds of music echo through the corridors and back onto the stage.”