Last weekend, eight of Ayr High's best music
students joined 200 fellow musicians and singers in Cairns for a three-day
workshop with some of the finest conductors in the state. The workshop proved most valuable in allowing
us to develop our playing and performing skills and techniques. The program
also allowed us to perform in large and impressive ensembles with the vocal
group numbering some 55 performers and the woodwind band numbering 90
musicians. However, the experience for
both groups in performing in these large-scale ensembles proved challenging at
times when having to work out your role and place in the piece. For the most part, it was thoroughly
enjoyable, as we interacted with fellow musicians and performed under the
guidance of well-renowned conductors.
Sunday’s concert marked the culmination of our
three days of hard work and allowed us to finally perform and show off all we
had learnt. The Vocal section performed five pieces - The Cloths of Heaven,
An Die Musik, Adoramus Te, Feel it Still and The Cuckoo,
all of which received much deserved praise from the audience for the vocal
talents of the group. Talent was further
emphasised by two of the five pieces being spoken in German and Latin. The Woodwind band performed four pieces - Choreography,
Rippling Watercolours, Variations of a Shaped Note Tune and Into
the Arctic. The band, like the choir
beforehand, received much praise from the audience for the rich sounds produced
and the quality of the playing. The experience that SHEP offered our performers
was beyond all expectations, leaving us with fond memories and improved
techniques from our time up in Cairns.
Students in the Choral ensemble were: Community
Vice Captain Brendan Kolb, Macquarie House Captain Mitchell Pearce, Clara
Hutton, Brooklyn Ivory and Lauren Raitelli.
Students in the Wind ensemble
were: Cultural Vice Captain Keagan Flynn, Zale Ivory and Corrin Johnston.