“The program was inspired by our IGS Music Tour to Regional NSW earlier in the year,” said IGS Director of Music Alison Housley.
“In covering more than 2,500km, our young musicians were not only exposed to remote locations and places of geographical and cultural interest, but through their music, raised support for the Royal Flying Doctor Service (RFDS), which aids these regional areas.
“The tour provided unique learning opportunities for students, such as staging a concert at the RFDS headquarters in Dubbo and performing in front of audiences at Bourke Public School and Lightning Ridge Central School.
“The Power of Music alludes to the ability of this artform to bring together people of all ages and from many walks of life.
“As musicians, we are privileged to have a positive impact on the lives of others.”
IGS musicians also paid tribute to eminent conductor, musician, music educator and IGS friend Richard Gill AO, who passed away on Sunday 28 October following a battle with cancer. The Showcase was dedicated to the extraordinary contributions of the late Richard Gill AO for his dedication to our School and to the Australian music landscape.
On the night, IGS premiered four new Australian works: Silent City by IGS Composer in Residence Margery Smith, Dayiwul Lirlmim by Luke Byrne, Triumvirate by our percussion tutors Jayne Groves and Matt Moore, and an original composition by HSC student Hannah Kroeger.
Audience members were also treated to a performance from 2019 IGS Artists in Residence, Duo Leung.
Full program details
- Senior Orchestra: Silent City by IGS Composer in Residence Margery Smith
- Percussion Ensemble: Triumvirate by Jayne Groves and Matt Moore
- HSC Performance from Isabella Fitzgerald: Mon Petit Vieux by Camille, accompanied by Andy Scott
- Senior Vocal Ensemble: The Sea by Melanie Shanahan
- Symphonic Winds: Camel Train by Brian Hogg
- Duo Leung: Sonata in F Major (2013) by Rob Horsting
- IGS Artists in Residence: Peter Leung, tenor saxophone and Theresa Leung, piano
- HSC Performance from Hannah Kroeger: Waterfall (HSC Composition)
- Amy Freeman: If Doing Nothing at All accompanied by Andy Scott
- HSC Performance from Mi-kaisha Masella: Dayiwul Lirlmim by Luke Byrne
- Wind Orchestra: An Australian Rhapsody by Ralph Hultgren
Students benefited from learning and performing alongside a diverse range of professional musicians throughout the year. Their polished performances delighted the audience.
The School would also like to congratulate and thank the dedicated Music staff who support our students!