IPSHA Performing Arts festival
Scales drills and repeating stanzas of music umpteen dozen times is essential for mastery of a composition to occur. The reward for what is often very laborious work is the opportunity to perform with peers in ensembles and choirs. Such an experience is further enhanced when the venue is the Sydney Town Hall and you are collaborating with 400 other musicians to the most appreciative audience of your parents and teachers.
This was the remarkable experience for more than 130 Abbotsleigh girls on Wednesday night of this week as we joined with more than 400 students from Amity College, Barker College, Coogee Boys' Prep, Lakes Grammar, St Luke's Grammar and Santa Sabina to share our musical talents and passion for performance. I was inordinately proud as our Abbotsleigh girls opened the program of school performances with two inspiring pieces. The first was, 'Rondo in A Major for solo violin and string ensemble' performed by the our Clocktower Strings Ensemble including a remarkable solo form Anica Wong. The second piece was certainly one with a different theme as the Rhythmic Gymnasts set the stage for the Everett Choirs' rendition of 'Butterflying'. Smaller Abbotsleigh ensembles, performing as stages were reset and to welcome concert goers, were equally impressive.
The finale with all schools combining to form a mass choir proudly and lyrically singing, 'Terra Australis' was truly brilliant. My sincere thanks to Stephan Kooper, Ana Napier and Louise Keller for so readily sharing their passionate expertise to see the girls shine so brightly. I also warmly thank the Junior School teachers who assisted so ably during the day and then again on the night of such wonderful music making.