The Music Department’s selection of extraordinary musical items marked the diversity and excellence of musical performance and composition at IGS.
The Senior Orchestra, Wind Orchestra, Symphonic Winds and string players from Years 3 to 12 performed, along with Years 3 to 12 choirs, select HSC performers and composers, music craft and Music workshop classes and the Saxophone Ensemble.
“The evening brought together the astonishing creativity, energy and vibrancy, talent and commitment that we are privileged to encounter every day at this school,” said Head of Music Alison Housley.
“Music has the power to channel these forces, while offering the
opportunity for collaboration, bringing children of all ages together to experience the thrill and joy of performance.
“Our youngest musician, Penelope Martell, in Year 1, opened the final item, while in contrast to this we hear performances and compositions from exceptional Year 12 students.
“For the first time, we brought together our growing collective of string players from Year 3 to Year 12.
“Particular congratulations to our Year 4 strings players who only started playing this year, our inaugural IGS Year 4 strings stream. For this special group to perform in our 35th anniversary program was historic.
“We also heard the combined school choirs in the presentation of two works by Sydney composers, Luke Byrne and James Humberstone, written especially for IGS.
“2019 was a year of initiatives as we embraced opportunities to engage with our parents, extended families and community by providing events which encouraged participation from the audience.
“The Big Play-In concert saw many adults sitting alongside students, even performing on their own instruments.
“Dogs of all shapes and sizes became featured guests as we worked together to raise funds for Assistance Dogs Australia. The 30th anniversary of Rose Grausman at IGS was celebrated in a beautiful concert with the Sydney Jewish Choral Society.
“It is with excitement that we now plan the events of 2020, including a music tour to Arnhem Land and a visit from the young musicians of Konrad-Duden-Gymnasium in Wesel, Germany.
“I sincerely thank the incredible IGS Music staff, ensemble directors and music tutors who contribute so generously and inspire the musical journey of our students.”