Gala Choral Concert 2018
On Wednesday 30 May, the St Aidan’s AGS Music Department will present the Gala Choral Concert at St John’s Cathedral (Ann St). The concert will start at 6:30pm and conclude by 8:00pm. This concert will require the attendance of all students in Children Crossing, Chorale and Ensemble Volar. Performing alongside the St Aidan’s choirs will be the Ambrose Treacy College choirs (Junior Choir, Senior Singers and Chamber Choir) and the Queensland Kodály Choir.
All St Aidan’s choral groups will attend a rehearsal in the CHC from 3:30-4:45pm on Wednesday 30 May. During this time, a light afternoon snack will be provided by the Music Department. Students will be required to change into their performance uniform at school before travelling to the cathedral.
Students will be transported from St Aidan’s to the cathedral via a school bus, which will leave Kathleen St at 4:45pm. Students will be involved in further rehearsals with guest choirs from 5:30pm at the Cathedral.
Students are reminded that the allocation of pockets/badges later in the year is dependent on attendance at all performances.
There will be limited on-street parking at the venue. However, the Cathedral Square Car Park (410 Ann Street) offers ‘Night Parking’ for $5, which can be purchased at https://www.secureparking.com.au/en-au/car-parks/australia/queensland/brisbane/brisbane-cbd/cathedral-square-car-park. Alternatively, Central train station is a short walk from the cathedral.
Please note that there is no cost for admission to this concert. However, donations which could be used to defray associated costs would be most appreciated and can be made at the door on the night.
As this is one of the main performance events of the year, we hope you take this opportunity to support your daughter in her musical endeavours through your attendance at this concert.
Please send all enquiries to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Gala Instrumental Concert
On Tuesday 29 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)
Some students will be required to meet for a rehearsal prior to 5:30pm. The schedule for rehearsals on Tuesday 29 March is attached below:
3:30-4:00 Combined Band - Con Brio and Symphonic Winds (CHC Floor)
Paganini Strings (CG05)
4:00-5:00 Symphony Orchestra – Paganini Strings and Symphonic Winds (CHC Floor)
4:00-4:30 Charma Band (C112)
Vivaldi Strings (CG05)
4:30-5:00 Con Brio Band (C112)
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 in regards to correct uniforms.
The Music Support Group will be providing a Sausages Sizzle ($2 each) from 5:00pm in the S&T under croft. Students will be allowed to purchase food when not in rehearsals.
For adult guests, wine, beer and cheese platter ($5 each) will be available in the CHC for purchase.
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 Anne Kuskopf (email@example.com) or Paula Hodge (firstname.lastname@example.org). 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 email@example.com.
The Big Sing
On Sunday 20 May, students from Ensemble Volar will be involved in an excursion to the Gold Coast for the inaugural Gold Coast Big Sing. Ensemble Volar, along with several community choirs, will participate in a day of rehearsals and a performance at the Helensvale Library and Cultural Centre (Sir John Overall Dr & Lindfield Road, Helensvale QLD 4212). Students will be transported to and from the Gold Coast via a school bus.
The schedule for the day will be:
7:15am Arrive at Kathleen St, St Aidan’s
7:30am Bus departs from Kathleen St
8:45am Arrival and Registration
9:00am Workshop One - James Cuskelly
10:30am Morning Tea (provided)
11:00am Workshop Two – Astrid Jorgensen
12:30pm Lunch (provided)
1:30pm Concert Preparation
2:30pm Final Concert (Massed and Community Choirs)
4:30pm Students must be collected from Kathleen St, St Aidan’s unless other arrangements have been pre-arranged (please notify school staff).
Students may wear comfortable casual clothes for the workshops but will be required to change into their full performance uniform (pinafore, white blouse, stockings and black shoes) for the performance. They will also need to bring a water bottle and their music.
There will be no cost to students to participate in this event and food will be provided.
Families are welcome to attend the concert at 2:30pm and concert tickets will be $5.
Please complete the slip below and email/hard-copy return to Staff Reception or firstname.lastname@example.org by Monday 7 May 2018.
Term 2 Recital
St Aidan’s AGS students are invited to perform in the Term Two Performing Arts Recital, held in the Auditorium on Monday 28 May from 4.00pm – 5.00pm.
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 Monday 21 May 2018. All forms are to be returned to Senior Staff Reception or email@example.com.
A selection of senior school string students will be performing at the Anglican Schools Music Festival to be held on Friday 18th of May at QPAC. Tickets for the evening concert are now available from QPAC – qpac.com.au. Please see the attached flyer for more information.
Brass Music Bursary
The Music Department in conjunction with the Music Support Group are currently offering two music bursaries. These bursaries are open to students in years 7 or 8 who wish to commence lessons on a lower brass instrument – trombone, euphonium or tuba. If you are interested please contact firstname.lastname@example.org for further information.
Instrumental lessons in 2018
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: https://secure.netols.com/schools/gateway/intranet_gateway.cfm?eu=TU-CD1ECB42-C292-7EED-BE73B2DE78B58B7A-CD1ECB43-C292-7EED-BE1057D7703411E8.
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 music bursaries, workshops and overseas tours.
The support group relies on the goodwill of parents to help with catering, publicity, and fundraising which are vital to the seamless running of concerts throughout the year. The Music Support group meets for just an hour on the following evenings starting at 7:00pm in the Science and Technology Building meeting room (SG02): Monday 21 May; Monday 30 July; Monday 27 August; Monday 8 October and Monday 5 November.
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 2018
In order to assist parents and students in planning, please see the rehearsal schedule for 2018. 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.
Weekly instrumental rehearsals are held in the CHC.
2018 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 (Yrs 7-11)
Chamber String Ensembles: Volar Strings, Da Capo Strings, Allegro Strings, Arco Strings, Four Seasons Strings (auditioned)
Vivaldi Strings (Yrs 5-8)
Dolce Strings (Yrs 2-4)
Staccato Strings (Beginner Ensemble)
Year 1 and 2 Beginner Strings Program
Combined Orchestras (Symphonic Winds and Paganini Strings)
Symphonic Winds (AMEB Grade Three and above)
Con Brio Band (Yrs 7-9)
Chamber Winds (auditioned)
Charma Band (Yrs 5-7)
Percussion Ensemble (Yrs 4-7)
Yr 4 Beginner Band Program
Yr 3 Beginner Band Program (Semester Two only)
Combined Orchestras (Symphonic Winds and Corelli Strings)
2018 Music Calendar
Changes and additions may be made to the following calendar. Updates are provided through the newsletter.