The Grande Concert
On Sunday 20th October 2019, the St Aidan’s AGS Music Department and Music Support Group will present The Grande Concert. This concert will be held in the Christine Hartland Centre and will start at 3.00pm. The following ensembles will perform: Ensemble Volar, Chorale, Children Crossing, Community Choir, Paganini Strings, Corelli Strings, Symphonic Winds, Back-beat Band, Percussion Ensemble, Combined St Aidan’s and BBC Strings, Combined Band (Symphonic Winds and Con Brio Band).
Prior to the concert there will be some short rehearsals/sound checks for groups as follows:
1.00 pm Combined St Aidan’s Strings and BBC Strings CHC Floor
1.30 pm Paganini Strings CHC Floor
1.30 pm Corelli Strings CG04
1.45 pm Combined Band/Symphonic Winds CHC Stage
2.00 pm Percussion Ensemble CHC Stage
2.15 pm Back-beat Band CHC Stage
2.15 pm Chorale/Children Crossing Auditorium
2.30 pm Ensemble Volar Auditorium
2.30 pm Children Crossing CHC Floor
Students who are involved in all groups will need to arrive 15 minutes before their first rehearsal in order to warm up and organise their instruments, music etc.
We anticipate the concert will conclude by 5.30pm and encourage students performing earlier in the afternoon to support other performers through their full attendance. Students are reminded that the allocation of pockets is dependent on attendance at all performances.
Ensemble and choir members are required to dress in the performance uniform. Full details of the performance uniform may be found overleaf. Performance uniforms are available from the Uniform Shop. Students from the Junior School who are performing may wear their formal blue school uniform.
In order to run an event such as this, some parental assistance is required. The Music Support Group is looking for offers of support for the afternoon; all families are asked to bring a plate of sweet or savoury snacks for afternoon tea.
They will also run one of their famous raffles and would greatly appreciate donations of prizes for the hampers. Raffle donations (chocolates, biscuits, bottles of wine, small gift items) can be dropped at the P & F Office by Friday 11th October.
Additionally, The Music Support Group are running a Senior School Raffle with the main prize a full scholarship to the Cuskelly College Summer School Music Program. This prize is valued $880 and tickets will be available on the day of the concert for $10. The raffle will be drawn at Music Lunch on Friday November 8, 2019. Everyone who has participated in this program has thoroughly enjoyed the experience and more details about the Summer School can be found at: https://cuskellycollegeofmusic.com/summer-school/
Alternatively, if you wish to offer some time to assist with preparation, serving or clean-up please contact Paula Hodge firstname.lastname@example.org 0411 860 433. Your assistance would be greatly appreciated. This is a great way to support the work of the MSG in fundraising for the Music Department!
There is no audience charge for this concert and refreshments will be available for purchase during the intermission. As this is one of the key events for our performance ensembles and choirs, 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 email@example.com
GLOW (Junior School Art and Music Show)
GLOW (formerly the Junior School Art and Music Show) will be held on Wednesday, October 16th 2019, in the Christine Hartland Centre. The performance part of this event runs from 4.00pm – 6:00pm and the following groups will be involved:
Da Capo Strings (Meet 3.30pm in CGO4; perform 4.00pm
Four Seasons Strings (Meet 3.30pm in CG04; perform 4.10pm)
Clementi Cellos (Meet 3.45pm in C108; perform 4:20pm)
Con Brio Band (Meet 3.45pm in C112; perform 4.30pm)
Moyse Flutes (Meet 4.00 in C112; perform 4.40pm)
Arco Strings (Meet 4.15pm in CG04; perform 4.50pm)
Junior Singers (Meet 4.30pm in Auditorium; perform 5.00pm)
Dolce Strings (Meet 4.30pm in C108; perform 5.10pm)
Taffanel Flutes (Meet 4.45pm in C112; perform 5.20pm)
Charma Band (Meet 5.00pm in C112; perform 5.30pm)
Vivaldi Strings (Meet 5.15pm in the CG04; perform 5.40pm)
All students are required to perform in their blue school uniform.
A free sausage in bread will be provided to every performing junior school student and these will be available from 3.30 – 4.30pm. Additional sausages can be purchased for $2.50 and an assortment of other refreshments will be available for purchase by parents and senior school students.
The Music Support Group will be running some raffles on the day of the concert and would greatly appreciate donations of prizes for the hampers. Raffle donations (chocolates, biscuits, bottles of wine, small gift items) can be left with Mrs Morrison at the Junior School Office and will be collected on Friday 11th of October. Additionally, The Music Support Group are running a Whole School Raffle with the main prize a full scholarship to the Cuskelly College Summer School Music Program. This prize is valued $880 and tickets will be available on the day of the concert for $10. The raffle will be drawn at Music Lunch on Friday November 8, 2019. Everyone who has participated in this program has thoroughly enjoyed the experience and more details about the Summer School can be found at: https://cuskellycollegeofmusic.com/summer-school/
If you have any further enquires please email firstname.lastname@example.org
On Sunday 27th October, students from Ensemble Volar will be involved in a day of rehearsals and a performance as part of the annual Brisbane Big Sing. Many choirs as well be involved on the day and the event will take place at St Aidan’s.
The schedule for the day is as follows:
9:00am Workshop One - James Cuskelly
10:00am Workshop Two – Robert Stewart
11:00am Morning Tea (provided)
11:30am Workshop Three – James Cuskelly and Robert Stewart
1:00pm Lunch (provided) and Concert Preparation
2:30pm Final Concert (Massed and Community Choirs)
Students should wear their blue school uniform for the duration of the day and the performance. Students will be provided with food over the course of the day, but they will need to bring a water bottle and their music.
Families are welcome to attend the concert at 2:30pm and concert tickets cost $5. Please note that there is no cost for Ensemble Volar students who participate on the day.
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 email@example.com Ms Trott firstname.lastname@example.org or Mrs Figliano email@example.com
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). Please feel free to contact the group’s president, Paula Hodge, firstname.lastname@example.org 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 4 Music Calendar. Changes and additions may be made throughout the year. Updates will be provided in the Newsletter.