Leader of the Orchestra

The Leader of the Orchestra for 2017 has been announced.

We congratulate Grace Lawrence – Heaton Intermediate School for being selected as Leader of the Orchestra for 2017. A rare event; this will be the second year that Grace has held the position.

Initial seating for the orchestra has also been released along with the naming of the section principals. This can be found here on the festival website.

Final orchestra placements will be determined during the Holiday Course.

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Photo of your choir

For the 2017 Music Festival, we are again using the large video screen to introduce the performing schools to the audience. Before the evening performance begins, and during the interval, we will be playing a presentation that does exactly that.

Each school performing that night will have a photograph of the choir displayed along with the name of the school. What we would like you to do is provide us with that photograph! If you want a preview of something like ...

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Programme details for your School

It seems ridiculously early, but we need to know the details of your school choir for the programme for the festival, and also an update on the number of singers in your choir.  It takes about 5 weeks to get the programme typeset and printed, but before we can do that we need to have ALL the information from every school so that we can prepare the copy.

It is always nice to be able to ensure that the people who ...

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Audition results are out!

Children who auditioned for one of the Representative Groups – Junior Choir, Senior Choir, Orchestra or Concert Band – were sent an email with the results of their audition(s) on 21 June.

Schools were sent a collated list of the results of all the pupils from their school by email on the same evening.

Letters of acceptance and forms to be completed were posted to schools on the same day. Pupils offered a place in a Representative Group must return their ...

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Elizabeth bows out

The Festival Executive is very sad to announce that it has reluctantly accepted the resignation of Elizabeth Muschamp from the position of accompanist for the Festival. Elizabeth has made her decision to end her association with the festival on the advice of her medical team.

Elizabeth has been, and continues to be, a strong supporter of the Festival giving of her considerable talents as a pianist, accompanist and teacher without stint over many years. The Music Team has relied ...

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Rehearsal Music – Massed Choirs

Members of a school choir or a choir conductor can either play the tracks directly below, or download the tracks as they wish.

IMPORTANT NOTE: These files are provided for the express purpose of rehearsal only. They may not be used or distributed for any other purpose. Using these sound files for other than the purpose outlined is a direct breach of copyright which may expose you to significant penalties.


2017 Music Festival Massed Choir tracks

To play a track either just press the play symbol next ...

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New Business Manager

Following the retirement of long-serving Kathy Cowan, the Festival Executive is delighted to introduce and welcome to the Music Festival community our new Business Manager, Miranda Donnell.

Miranda comes to the Music Festival with a wide background in administration and event planning. She has held positions with Southern Opera, VBase, Mardar Entertainment and Eventionz. Miranda also currently works as Office Manager for RED Electrical as well as being a mum.

Back in her “wild” days Miranda enjoyed extensive travel throughout the Middle ...

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50 years of service

At the 2017 AGM of the Association, we will thank and farewell two stalwarts of the Association who between them, have accumulated 50 years of service to the Music Festival!

It’s very hard to adequately express thanks for such levels of commitment – but we will try!

Robyn Forbes

We are not certain that there are any significant organisational roles in the Music Festival which Robyn has not performed over the thirty years that she has been part of the Festival Executive; that ...

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Suggestions for the Massed Choirs

One of the hardest tasks for the Music Team each year is endeavouring to select an overall theme and suitable songs for the Massed Choirs to sing.

Songs selected have to meet at least most of the following criteria:

It is the task of the Festival Music team to sort out a well-balanced programme with songs that fit the above criteria, but we would welcome suggestions as to songs that they should consider when doing so.

We also welcome suggestions for an over-arching ...

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