Last Friday, girls from Years 7 to 12 in the Ruyton Stage Band and Madrigal Choir endured a long, six hour bus trip to Mount Gambier. Every year, this small South Australian town hosts Generations in Jazz, a festival that welcomes 4000 students from all around Australia. The students are invited to perform and compete, as well as participate in exclusive workshops with professional jazz musicians. The acclaimed musician, Mr James Morrison, hosts the event.
This year was the first time Ruyton has participated in the festival. Highlights were performances by the acapella group Take 6, Idea of North, and members of The Hot Horn Happening, including Mr Ross Irwin, Mr Mark Nightingale and Mr James Morrison.
Ruyton Girls experienced two full days of performances by the students of many Australian Schools and professional musicians, as well as 2015 scholarship winners and students at the James Morrison Academy of Music. I am sure that all of the girls agree that their first performance at Generations in Jazz was a huge success and we should be extremely proud of ourselves. Thank you to the Music Department for giving us the opportunity of a lifetime and for all their hard work preparing us for the event. It really was an incredible experience, and I’m sure all the girls will remember it as a highlight of their school lives.