Archive for April, 2009

Music Ensembles for 2009 …Vote Again!

Thursday 30 April, 2009

Hey boys, I thought I’d repost this without password protection to see what results might come of it. Please select which of the following ensembles you may be interested in joining for 2009 onwards.

Happy voting!


TED Talks You Must Watch!

Friday 24 April, 2009

TED (Technology, Entertainment, Design) is an invitation-only event in Britain where the world’s leading thinkers and doers gather to find inspiration. Here are some talks from the website on music, creativity and education. If I find any more later I will add them. But for now, you must watch these videos… (follow “Link to page” so you can toggle to full-screen)

Sir Ken Robinson on “Do Schools Kill Creativity?”
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Benjamin Zander on “Classical Music with Shining Eyes”
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Vodpod videos no longer available.Click here for another excellent speech by Benjamin Zander (it’s similar in places but just as amazing)


James Burchfield on “Sound Stylings by a Human Beatbox”
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Evelyn Glennie on “How to Listen to Music with Your Whole Body”
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ANZAC Day Tribute 2009

Friday 24 April, 2009

ANZAC day honours the members of the Australian and New Zealand Army Corps who have fought and died in war since the Gallipoli Campaign of 1915 during the Great War (World War I). ANZAC troops landed at Gallipoli, Turkey on 25th April 1915. There is nothing glorious about war and we should avoid it at all costs. But on ANZAC day we pause to remember those who fought and died for the tremendous freedoms we have gained. Music plays an important role in our reflection and connection with others on this day.

Bugle calls feature prominently during ANZAC day ceremonies. The Last Post signals the end of the day of fighting. Reveille means “wake again” in French and is played at the beginning of the day. On ANZAC day, The Rouse is usually used instead of Reveille as it is shorter. The Last Post is played to symbolise those who have died in battle, a minute’s silence reflection is broken by The Rouse which symbolises the dead rising to new life. Click here to see the bugle call melodies.

Here is a very touching ANZAC tribute with Amazing Grace played by the Canadian Scottish Regiment Pipes and Drums with the 3rd Marine Aircraft Wing Band, and The Last Post by Peter Tiefenbach & Stuart Laughton.

Happy Classical Easter

Sunday 12 April, 2009

Wishing everyone a very happy Easter! I thought I’d leave you with some beautiful music by Johann Sebastian Bach, the St. Matthew Passion BWV 244. It was written in 1727 and retells the Passion story according to the gospel of Matthew. The story of Jesus has provided composers with countless opportunities to write amazingly beautiful compositions over the centuries.

Above is Bach’s signature cross which spells “BACH” in German musical notation (clockwise: Bb, A, C, B). Notice the four different clefs and the note in the middle? Bach uses this musical idea in 63B. Chorus “Truly this was the Son of God”. (click it to find out more)

In this composition Bach uses a double choir which quite often alternate between each other (cori spezzati). Bach also utilises a four-part chorale which add intimacy and provide us with recurring melodies (motifs). Soloists also perform two kinds of solos, a recitative and an aria. Recitatives are used to convey the story line through a lot of text. Arias repeat the same idea to show a character’s emotion, such as a lament or love song.

Read the German libretto (words) with English translation

Go to this page to search through the whole performance. See if you can spot the cori spezzati, chorales, arias, recitatives and orchestral interludes.

1. Opening Chorus (Come, Daughters, Help Me Mourn)

67. Recitative (Soli) with Chorus (Now the Lord is Laid to Rest)
68. Chorus (We Sit Down In Tears)

Indent – Youth Music Advisor

Wednesday 8 April, 2009

Indent is funded by Arts NSW and stages under 18’s and all-ages music events in NSW. They are looking for two young people aged between 12 and 25 to join the Indent Advisory Group as a Youth Music Advisor. Interested applicants should have experience in youth events in the local community and have an interest in music and youth culture.

If you are interested in applying for the Indent Advisory Group then email the Indent Project Manager at or phone MusicNSW on 02 9699 9706 if you have any questions regarding the application. Entries close the 8th May 2009.

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Sydney Royal Easter Show 2009

Tuesday 7 April, 2009

Our Year 11 and 12 boys are performing on the opening day of the Sydney Royal Easter Show on Thursday 9th April, 2009 from 1:00pm to 1:45pm on the Graze Stage. Here are some links for you to check out: