Urgent call for Raffle Donations for Gala Instrumental Concert
Please find information below RE the Gala Instrumental Concert to be held on 23 May. The Music Support Group is looking for support from the music community to provide raffle donations (e.g. chocolates, biscuits, bottles of wine, gift voucher, etc.). Any donations would be greatly appreciated and can be left at the Senior or Junior School reception. Many thanks.
Instrumental Gala Concert
On Thursday 23 May, the St Aidan’s AGS Music Department and Music Support Group will present the annual Instrumental Gala Concert. This concert will be held in the Christine Hartland Centre and will start at 6:00pm. We anticipate the concert will conclude by 7:30pm.
Please note that there is no cost for admission to the Gala Concert.
The following ensembles will need to meet in their allocated rooms at 5:30pm in preparation for their performance:
• Corelli Strings (CG05)
• Vivaldi Strings (CG05)
• Dolce Strings (C108)
• Con Brio Band (C112)
• Charma Band (C112)
• Percussion Ensemble (C111)
• Symphonic Winds (C112)
• Paganini Strings (CG01)
• Back-beat Band (C112)
Some students will be required to meet for a rehearsal prior to 5:30pm. The schedule for rehearsals on the afternoon of the concert is as follows. When you are not rehearsing please report to C108 for quiet study.
3:30-4.00 Symphonic Winds (CHC Floor)
4.00-4.30 Symphony Orchestra (CHC Floor)
4.30-4.45 Con Brio Band (CHC Floor)
4.45-5.00 Back-beat Band (CHC Floor)
3.30-4.00 Paganini Strings (CG05)
4.00-4.30 Vivaldi Strings (CG05)
4.30-5.00 Corelli Strings (CG05)
5:00-5:30 Percussion Ensemble (CHC Stage)
We ask that all students remain in attendance for the duration of the concert and encourage students performing earlier in the evening to support other performers through their full attendance. Students are reminded that the allocation of pockets/badges later in the year is dependent on attendance at all performances.
Performers are required to dress in the performance uniform relevant to the ensemble. Full details of the performance uniform may be found in the Music Handbook and on Aidan’s Central. Students are encouraged to check details with their ensemble director if unsure.
The Music Support Group will be providing a Sausage Sizzle ($2.50 each), cupcakes ($2.50) and poppers ($1.00) from 5:00pm in the S&T under croft. Students will be allowed to purchase food when not in rehearsals.
Music Support Group
The Music Support Group is looking for support from the music community for the event to run the catering and for raffle donations. Raffle donations (e.g. chocolates, biscuits, bottles of wine, gift voucher, etc.) can be left at the Senior or Junior School reception.
If you are able to offer your time to assist with preparation, serving or clean-up please contact on the night, please contact Paula Hodge (email@example.com). This is a great way to support the work of the MSG in fundraising for the Music Department and all assistance here is greatly appreciated!
As this is one of the main performance events for our instrumental ensembles, we hope you take this opportunity to support your daughter in her musical endeavours through your attendance at this concert.
Please address any enquiries regarding the event to the teacher of the relevant ensemble or Dr James Cuskelly on 3373 5999 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Term 2 Recital
St Aidan’s AGS students are invited to perform in the Term Two Performing Arts Recital, held in the Auditorium on Thursday 6 June from 6.00-7.00pm. This concert is a wonderful opportunity for students to perform polished repertoire and to learn about performance etiquette.
This concert is strictly a one hour event and the order is determined on the receipt of the permission form; as permission forms are submitted, students will be added to the concert order. If the hour concert order becomes full, any additional students will be asked to perform at a later Recital.
The order of performers will be published in the emailed newsletter in the week of the recital. Students are to arrive at least fifteen minutes before the start of the concert. All students should wear their blue school uniform to the performance.
All students must hand in the permission form no later than Friday 31 May. All forms are to be returned to Senior Staff Reception or email@example.com. Additionally, piano accompaniment will be provided on the night and music must be handed in with the permission slip. No accompaniment will be available if music is not supplied by due date. Due to the potential length of recitals, we ask that students perform one item only for each study area.
Permission slips will be distributed via the private tutors.
Please be advised that members of the following ensembles will be required to perform in the St Aidan's Performance Pinafore in 2019.
Chorale, Ensemble Volar, Paganini Strings, Symphonic Winds and Chamber Strings.
Students who are members of these groups for the first time, are encouraged to purchase a pinafore new or second hand. Second hand uniforms are available on the following website:
All students are welcome to participate in the Music Ensembles on offer at St Aidan’s. Students need to have some proficiency on the instrument appropriate to the ensemble but all students are encouraged to sing in the choir! Any girl who is interested is encouraged to discuss their involvement with Dr Cuskelly firstname.lastname@example.org, Ms Trott email@example.com or Mrs Figliano firstname.lastname@example.org. A full list of St Aidan’s music ensembles/rehearsals is attached below.
Instrumental lessons in 2019
Don’t forget to complete the electronic private tuition form as soon as possible and return to us here at the school. Knowing which students are continuing with their lessons really assists in organising instruments, timetables and rooms. And of course, we are very keen to hear from any new students who are interested in learning an instrument. The link to the online enrolment form is as follows:
Music Support Group
The St Aidan’s Music Support Group, made up of parents, students and staff, provides vital support to the school’s young musicians through its fundraising endeavours and its smooth organisation of concerts and other music events. The group regularly purchases much-needed instruments, music and other equipment, and also helps support other activities such as workshops and overseas tours.
The support group relies on the goodwill of parents to help with ticket sales, catering, publicity, and fundraising which are vital to the seamless running of concerts throughout the year. Meetings are scheduled for Monday evenings at 7:00pm in the Science and Technology Building meeting room (SG02 and new members are not only most welcome, but also very much appreciated. Please feel free to contact the group’s president, Paula Hodge, email@example.com if you have any questions, or if you would be willing to volunteer but are unable to attend regular meetings.
Rehearsal Schedule for 2019
In order to assist parents and students in planning, please see the rehearsal schedule for 2019. This schedule has been prepared in consultation with the Head of Sport and every effort has been made to minimise clashes. However, please bear in mind that there are usually a minimum of 2 sports training scheduled in any week and should there be a clash between a music rehearsal (offered once a week only) and a sport training students are to attend the musical rehearsal on the set day and attend the alternative sports training on the other.
Please click here for the 2019 Rehearsal Schedule.
• Ensemble Volar (auditioned)
• Chorale (Yrs 9-12)
• Children Crossing (Yrs 6-8)
• Junior Singers (Yrs 3-5)
• Community Choir (Semester Two only)
• Paganini Strings (AMEB Grade Five and above, auditioned)
• Corelli Strings (AMEB Grade Two and above)
• Chamber String Ensembles: Volar Strings, Allegro Strings, Arco Strings, Four Seasons Strings, Da Capo Strings (auditioned)
• Vivaldi Strings (Yrs 5-8)
• Dolce Strings (Yrs 2-4)
• Clementi Celli
• Beginner Strings Program
• Combined Orchestras (Symphonic Winds and Paganini Strings)
• Symphonic Winds (AMEB Grade Four and above)
• Con Brio Band (AMEB Grade Two and above)
• Taffanel Flutes (Yr 5 and above)
• Charma Band (Yrs 5-7)
• Back-beat Band (Yr 5 and above)
• Percussion Ensemble (Yr 5 and above)
• Taffanel Flutes (Senior Chamber Flute Choir)
• Yr 4 Beginner Band Program
• Yr 3 Beginner Band Preparation Program (Semester Two only)
• Combined Orchestras (Symphonic Winds and Corelli Strings)
2019 Music Calendar
Please click here for Term 2 Music Calendar. Changes and additions may be made throughout the year. Updates will be provided in the Newsletter.