Gold Coast Eisteddfod – Choral Success

On Friday 10 August, three of Redeemer’s choirs travelled to the Gold Coast Arts Centre to perform at the Gold Coast Eisteddfod. All three choirs delivered outstanding performances and the Music Department is very excited to share the achievements of these students: 

Redeemer Voiceworx placed third out of six schools in the Years 7-9 Choral section. The standard of performances in this section was really high. 

Voiceworx performed a Celtic piece, The Rising of the Moon in which Ally Liu’s playing of the violin descant part was a standout. As well, they performed Harley Mead’s Flooding Rains which opens with body percussion sounds that re-create the effect of an approaching rainstorm. 

Redeemer Chorale placed second out of eight schools in a highly competitive A Grade Secondary Choral section with their performance of three South American songs (sung in Portuguese) and the evocative work Australian work, Warri and Yatungka. 

What is significant about this achievement is that students who travelled with us to Hobart, where we learnt the American songs, came back and shared this music with students who didn’t go on tour and actually taught the Portuguese pronunciation of the text to their peers. We were also missing 15 students at Binga who had been on tour with us in Hobart. Seeing the students take ownership of the repertoire and work together in this way was really special. 

Senior Singers were awarded first place (the Harley Mead Memorial Prize) in the Premier Grade event of the eisteddfod for the second year in a row with an outstanding performance of their repertoire that included a song sung in French, J’entends le moulin, the beautiful Sure on this Shining Night, and a new Australian work by composer Dan Walker, entitled This Secret World. 

Music staff are very proud of the students for their willingness to embrace opportunities and constantly challenge themselves to reach new levels of excellence in musicianship. 

Jillian Hunt and David Law 

Junior Concert Band Wins!

Junior Concert Band performed at the Redlands Eisteddford at Capalaba State College on Tuesday 7 August. This was our very first competitive event and we were awarded first place with a score of 92/100. This is an incredible achievement for our first competition! We were even mistaken for students who had been playing together for 18 months, when in fact, Junior Concert Band was only formed in Term 2 of this year. We rehearse every Friday morning from 7.40am with our amazing conductor, Mrs Fleming, without whom this would not have been possible. Congratulations to everyone involved!

Angelica Ng (Year 5)

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