07 Sep 2016
It seems that every year at Ruyton we experience a first, and 2016 has been no exception. The Gala Concert was held at the Elisabeth Murdoch Hall in the Melbourne Recital Centre for the first time, with our girls rising to the occasion, presenting an impressive evening of musical performance. Old Ruytonian Judith Durham (‘60), one of Australia’s most celebrated performers, was recognised with Madrigals performing a set of Seekers’ hits. Stephanie Stamopoulos (‘11) performed a passionate and moving interpretation of the Cello Concerto in E minor Op. 85, 1st movement by Edward Elgar. The Mini Mads performed A World of Happiness, a piece specifically commissioned for them by Nicholas Buc. It was also a poignant moment for our Year 12 students, participating in their last major musical performance before the commencement of their exams next term.
As Mr Paul Smith, Director of Performing Arts, outlined on the night, this year we have over 20 ensembles as part of the co-curricular programme; 460 lessons take place each week and there are over 30 staff employed as either administration support, classroom music staff or itinerant instrumental music teachers. This is impressive for a School of approximately 850 students and we are justifiably proud of the commitment of both the staff and the girls.
Congratulations to each and every one of our girls for their contribution to an evening that lifted the spirits of the Ruyton community and highlighted their collective endeavour and achievement. Particular thanks must go to Music Captain Annie G, to Mr Smith and to all of the music staff for their commitment in producing such polished performances and for preparing all the ensembles. Photos of the Gala Concert will be available shortly and information about how to access them will be forwarded to all participants.
‘Ah, music,’ he said, wiping his eyes. ‘A magic beyond all we do here!’
Dumbledore in Harry Potter and the Scorcerer’s Stone
Ms Linda Douglas
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