Volume 30 Issue 15 28 May 2021 17 Sivan 5781

Music Matters

Diana Springford – Head of Music

Mazal tov on recent student performances

Congratulations to all the Years 3-6 IP students who shared their Chamber Music performances with each other on Tuesday and Wednesday of this week. There were some very special, stylish and indeed funny, performances, and some impressive bravery as even those who were least confident stood up in front of their peers and gave it their best shot. Special mention goes to the Year 3 students, many of whom only started learning their instruments in February. These performances were a credit to students’ hard work and enthusiasm for their music making.

Thank you to our great team of instrumental tutors who are guiding the students along their music journey. Thank you to the parents who have accepted these strange noisy instruments into their homes and provided the encouragement and structure for developing practice routines that turn the noise into music. The thought, care and hard work are paying off!

Kol Hakavod to the Emanuel Big Band for their High School Assembly performance in Week 4 of Moanin’ by Bobby Timmons, conducted by Eamon Penner-Dilworth. There is a partial recording available via the Music Performances button on the Parent Portal, it is certainly worth seeing for the beautiful tone the band is producing and the smoking alto saxophone solo by Guy Rein.

Congratulations to the Senior Choir for their High School Assembly Performance this week of We are the World by Michael Jackson. This beautiful and uplifting performance was conducted by Danny Burley and accompanied by Antonio Fernandez.

Music Camp (Week 8)

Bookings for Music Camp have now closed. A detailed information letter with a packing list will be sent out to attendees next week. Parents and carers, please remember to put the Music Camp Showcase Concert in your diary for Thursday 10 June 2021, from 6.15 pm – 8.00 pm.

Show off your secret, or not so secret, talent at the Music Camp Talent Quest on Tuesday evening. Students who wish to participate should have a well-prepared act that is appropriate for Music Camp students from ages 9-18. It could be serious or funny. Students who would like to participate must register their interest with Mr Burley by the first Monday of camp. They should bring whatever gear they need and, if using a backing track, should have it fully downloaded and given to Mr Burley by next Friday.

Private Music Tuition and Infant Strings Program

Thank you to those who have already advised us of changes to private tuition and ISP enrolments for next term. The deadline for new enrolments, notification of changes or intention to discontinue for Term 3, is today. All students currently receiving private tuition and members of the K-2 Infant Strings Program will be automatically re-enrolled into tutor schedules for Term 3 along with students commencing lessons for the first time. To enrol or discontinue please visit our Music Portal Page and complete the relevant online forms. Formal discontinuation notice must be received now to avoid being committed to the full term of lessons and liable for fees.  Please contact Matilda Grieve if you have any questions.  

The schedules for Term 3, 2021 will be created at the end of term and emailed by early July.

On the  Music Portal Page, you will announcements and information about:

  • Private Music Tuition (beginning and discontinuing)
  • Ensemble and Choir membership for K-12 students
  • Infant Strings Program (ISP) for K-2
  • Performance opportunities
  • Borrowing an orchestral instrument

 You can also find fun news and updates from us on Instagram.

Music in Week 8

There will be no IP for Years 3-6 in Week 8 because of Music Camp and no Emanuel Music Ensembles will take place for the same reason. However, some private music lessons will continue as normal, because not all tutors are going to camp. Please check with your private tutor if you are in any doubt.