Shining performances at the IPSHA Performing Arts Festival
What a truly memorable and impressive night of music and performance our musicians and all in the audience at the magnificent Town Hall enjoyed on Monday evening. From the combined bands from eight schools around New South Wales Independent Schools playing the national anthem accompanied by the remarkably rich sound of the pipe organ to the massed choir of more than 500 children all on stage concluding with the impressive Australian choral composition of Its Bonfire Season, the night was a most outstanding occasion for all the right reasons.
Creating music in our own school context is in and of itself a worthwhile and fulfilling pursuit. To be able to collaborate with students and music educators from diverse schooling backgrounds, to share talents and bring together an outstanding performance that could never have been achieved in isolation, is a really special and important lifetime experience. Additionally, our girls performed the most difficult of repertoires as they concluded the school items with our Clock Tower Strings playing the first movement from Bach’s Double Violin Concerto in D Minor, followed by our 70 girl Everett Choir who sang Deep Sea Dreaming.
Nights such as this give us the opportunity to see our girls shine brilliantly as they engaged fully, responded impressively and created a remarkable musical sound. They did us all proud and reflected the highest standards that we seek to attain at Abbotsleigh. My sincere thanks to Stephan Kooper and Caroline Taylor-Newling for their inspired expertise that brought this night to such a successful conclusion. I also thank all the staff who supported in a myriad behind the scenes roles. Together, with a common will, we can achieve anything.