Sharing the joy of music

IGS congratulates Henry Egan of Year 7, Tiger Balsmeyer Year 9 and Leah Charles Year 10 who represented IGS at the recent annual Heads of Independent Co-Educational Schools (HICES) Music Festival.

The Festival brings together dedicated and passionate ensemble musicians from schools throughout NSW, both choristers and instrumentalists, who have successfully auditioned for an ensemble of their choice.

“Students form concert bands, string ensembles and orchestras, to choirs and this year the inaugural World Music Ensemble,” said IGS Music Teacher Sarah Travis.

“The Festival culminates in a performance by every ensemble at Sydney Town Hall on the final night, with all students taking part in a massed choir item led by the guest conductor.


“This year the massed item was a marvelous piece, Invictus, which was composed and conducted by talented Australian composer Paul Jarman.”

Ms Travis has been a conductor at the Festival since 2001, and described it as a “life-changing experience” for students who participate.


“The number of students who attend every year is countless, and this speaks volume to the intensity, joy, challenge and wonder that the students experience when they are there, and seek to revisit year after year,” she said.

“I would encourage all of our IGS musicians who will be in Years 5 to 8 next year to consider auditioning for this Festival,” Ms Travis said. “It is an unforgettable experience.”