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Music releases
Olivia Cerdan, currently
in Year 12, has released a CD
You are Everything.
On it,
Olivia demonstrates her
love of Australian and
French jazz. Olivia has
always used singing as an
outlet and began formal
singing lessons at the age
of ten. Since then she has sung with choirs at Ruyton,
toured with the Australian Girls’ Choir, and performed
with musicians such as Susie Ahern, Sonja Horbelt and
Bob Sedergreen.
Bob Sedegreen, a familiar face at Ruyton and much loved
for his performances at many Ruyton musical events,
has just released a new recording entitled
Deepest Green.
It features some of Australia’s finest female vocalists,
including ex-student Monique Sesto. All songs on the
CD are written by Bob himself.
Contact the Music Department for further information.
More Eisteddfod Success
One of the most memorable highlights of the Madrigal’s year
was their wonderful performance in the Secondary School
Choir Section of the Boroondara Eisteddfod on May 17. Despite
being the first choir to perform, the girls sang beautifully and
set a very high standard for the following 13 choirs.They sang
both of their chosen songs,
Con El Vito
arranged by Julio Osma,
Weep No More
by David Chilos, in sensational fashion,
showing great musicality, control and blend of sound.The girls
also looked incredibly smart, dressed immaculately in their
Ruyton uniform.
The Madrigals won the competition, and the adjudicator, Mrs Jenny Mathers, made the following
comments about the choir’s performance:
A very strong, even choir – most enjoyable. Lovely control in all dynamic ranges. All voices seem to have
had individual vocal training and their blend is remarkably good. Balance was exceptional.”
At the same Eisteddfod, our Senior Strings same first in the Senior Large Ensemble section.Their
rendition of Dvorak’s
Three Slavonic Dancers
was superb.The Concert Band also performed and came
a very creditable third.
The afternoon following the Eisteddfod the Music Office had a call from the Choral Director of one of the
competing schools to congratulate our girls. She made the comment that she had never heard a school
choir sing at such a high standard – certainly testament to the quality of the girls’ performance.
Congratulations to all the members of the Madrigals and, in particular, to their leader Ms Jane Summers
and accompanist Mr Shaun Jones.
The Madrigals are Ruyton’s premier vocal group. Girls from Years 9–12 are invited to audition at the start of each
year and must commit to a weekly after-school rehearsal, as well as to many performances throughout the year.
The schedule is busy. This year alone the Madrigals have sung at the Summer Concert, the Contemporary Music
Concert, the Vocal Concert, as well as at the wonderful Sacred Music Concert at Xavier College Chapel, the
Annual Music Concert (pictured above), and always perform at Speech Night at the end of the year.
Mr Paul Smith,
Director of Music
Sweeney Todd – a Dark and Daring Performance
The musical thriller,
Sweeney Todd:The Demon Barber of Fleet Street,
tells the story of Benjamin
Barker, alias Sweeney Todd, who returns to London after 15 years’transportation on false charges.
When he learns from his former landlady Mrs. Lovett, that his wife poisoned herself after being
raped by the judge who wrongly transported him, he vows revenge.
A dark and different musical gave Ruyton and Trinity performers the opportunity to work with
fresh and challenging material and concepts. Auditions began as early as the second to last week
of Term 1, when 50 talented boys and girls rose to the challenge of putting on this wonderful show.
Rehearsals began in the first week of Term 2, when the cast met the staff members and mentors
with whom they would be working.Trinity’s Mr Lauber, Mr Kelly and Ms Stanic, not only taught the
cast the repertoire and directed them successfully, but also inspired them to perform to a very high
standard. Friday night rehearsals ran after School until five or six o’clock; Saturday rehearsals ran
from two until five o’clock, indicating that this process was not a feat for the half-hearted.
During the second week of the mid-year holidays the cast were joined by an exceptional team of
crew and a talented orchestra to participate in the ‘holiday intensive’.This week truly brought out
the exceptional skills and maturity of the Year 9/10 cast in particular, pointing to many musicals
of a high standard in the years to come. Despite the difference in age from Year 9 though to Year 12,
the cast really bonded together and many wonderful inter-year-level friendships were formed.
The first week of Term 3 marked the daunting ‘ProductionWeek’, with late night Technical
Rehearsals and many run throughs. By the end the cast felt more than ready.They embarked on
the opening night on Thursday 21 July, marking the beginning of three sell-out performances in
Rutyon’s Royce Theatre.The somewhat confronting show had a lovely balance of light and shade
and received rave reviews from the audience. In particular, the Chorus was singled out for special
praise.The combination of some wonderful leads, including Tatiana Kotsimbos as Mrs Lovett, Lauren
Sibree as Johanna, SamWard as Sweeney Todd,Will Lodge as Anthony Hope,Thomas Hill as Judge
Turpin and Nicholas La Mattina as Beadle, together with the terrific Chorus, produced an overall
well-rounded cast.
This wonderful experience and production allowed the Year 12 performers to ‘go out with a bang’.
Ruyton’s Drama Captain, Mollie Farrell, together with SamWard,Trinity’s Drama Captain, could not
have been more proud of the efforts of all members of the production.The performing arts
programme at both Ruyton and Trinity has been left in the capable hands of many talented young
girls and boys.
Mollie Farrell,
Ruyton Drama Captain