Enduring the Antarctic-like weather and tireless school-bus songs for six hours, the
Ruyton Madrigal Choir and Stage Band lugged their voices and instruments down
to Mount Gambier at the beginning of May for Generations in Jazz. With the sweet
sound of jazz and the promise of a hot chip truck in the back of their minds, the
girls worked extremely hard for months, getting their programmes ready for this
amazing opportunity. Reaching the venue, a huge circus tent in the middle of
nowhere, nothing could have prepared us for the large scale of this event. Jazz
vibes filled the air and a sea of school children filled every square inch of paddock.
Every year, the small South Australian town of Mt Gambier hosts Generations in
Jazz, a festival that welcomes over 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 ‘muso’, James
Morrison, hosts the event, and incredible artists from around the world are invited
to co-host with him.
This year was the first time Ruyton has participated in the festival. Among the best
parts of this year’s festival were performances by the a cappella vocal group Take
6, who came out especially from the US to perform at the event. Other groups,
such as the Idea of North, and members of the Hot Horn Happening, including
Ross Irwin, Mark Nightingale and James Morrison, performed and adjudicated at
the event. In addition, the scholarship winners for 2015 at the James Morrison
Academy of Jazz performed with inspirational talent and skill.
The girls thoroughly enjoyed this weekend, coming away with new experiences
and happy memories. The Madrigals placed an amazing sixth and Stage Band an
impressive 12th in this first effort. I’m sure 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. On behalf of all the girls, I’d like to thank 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, one the girls will
remember as a highlight of their school lives.
What is VCE Drama?
When we talk about drama, we often remember times when we dressed up as characters and
put on ‘skits’ for our family or friends. We might think about famous scenes from plays, or
wonderful films, or drama as it reflects life. This is what we do in VCE Drama. We create stories.
We create characters. We ask questions. We shine a light on society. This year Unit 3’s topic is
Communication for Change. The students are investigating the power of communication over
time. They are also looking at the consequences society now has to deal with because of modern
forms of communication. The students bring to life their research and their own thoughts in
a dramatic ensemble performance. What an incredible opportunity these students have to explore
and to consider aspects of our world today!
Ms Michele McNamara,
Co-ordinator of Drama
First performance at Generations in Jazz