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spring 2016

Madrigal’s Triumph at

Boroondara Eisteddfod

Each year the Madrigals Choir have the

opportunity to perform at the Boroondara

Eisteddfod. It is always an exciting day, where

we are able to showcase our hard work on stage

and watch other talented school choirs perform.

It is an event in which we value participating, as

it helps support the arts in our local community.

This year we sang a four-part arrangement of


composed by Andrew Piper and a unison


Australian Lullaby,

which was written by

Edith Harrhy.


is a relaxed tune with a

strong jazzy feel, which was, in fact, one of the

songs we performed when we went to the

Generations in Jazz Festival in Mount Gambier.

In contrast,

Australian Lullaby

is in a more classical

style and belongs to the Australian Art Song genre

from the early 20th Century. Our aim was to show

the adjudicator our ability to sing a range of styles.

After finishing our pieces, we were all extremely

pleased with what we were able to accomplish

and glad that we were able to demonstrate our

choral abilities to an audience. Well-respected

adjudicator Jenny Mathers commented,

‘You could

have heard a pin drop’

during our performance.

It was incredible to have our efforts recognised

by the adjudicator who awarded us first place.

Preparing for this performance took weeks of

intensive rehearsals each Tuesday after School

from 3:30-5:00pm. We are all so thankful for

the incredible amount of effort and work

Mr Shaun Jones and Mrs Eva Glover contributed

to these rehearsals. Being part of Senior Madrigals

is a genuinely unique experience, which provides

a team environment that students can thrive in

musically. We are extremely grateful for the

performing opportunities that come with singing

in Senior Madrigals.

Vocal Leaders, Georgie Apos and Saffrey Brown,

Year 12

Biennial Music Concert

Gathered in the Elisabeth Murdoch Hall of the Melbourne Recital Centre,

the newest building in the Melbourne Arts Precinct, an audience of

parents, friends and family were treated to a memorable evening of

music at the Biennial Music Concert. This incredible hall, with its

astounding architecture and acoustics, formed a performing experience

that will not soon be forgotten by our talented Ruyton musicians. From

grand items, such as a combined orchestra and choir performing Luke



to smaller groups, such as the Chinese Ensemble and

Stage Band, a vast array of talent was showcased. With approximately

300 girls on stage the evening held many magnificent moments,

including a special performance from Ruyton past student Stephanie

Stamopoulos (’11), who is currently working in England with the BBC

Philharmonic. We also presented an arrangement of Seeker songs,

to honour Judith Durham (’60). It was a privilege to be able to perform

in such an amazing venue, and all our hard work paid off to produce

an evening of exquisite music.

Annie Gleisner,

Music Captain

Musical Notes