Just before we finished for Chinese New Year on Friday 1st February, our Year 7 and 8 students as well as our Music Elective students were treated to a performance by a visiting local group of musicians called Ensemble Transience. The Friday afternoon concert was led by International touring guitarist, Teriver Cheung. Ensemble Transience was formed at the beginning of 2017, and has already released their first album, “Episodes”. The music is a crossover style of both jazz and classical traditions and the band line up included, Guitar, Drums, Flute, Violin and Double Bass. Throughout the afternoon the students were treated to a range of music inspired from different traditions, including Japanese folk song, Chinese folk song and South American rhythms. The band members took their time to explain the music to our students whilst also allowing them to interact with the music through singing or keeping rhythm. Our students certainly came away from the experience having heard something completely new whilst also having learnt about composition and improvisational techniques. It was a truly rewarding experience for all that were there. If you would like to know more about Ensemble Transience, you can click on the following link. http://www.terivercheung.com/ensemble-transience/
On the same day, our senior Vocal Ensemble was also out performing at the AusCham lunch with Julie Bishop in attendance. I am very proud of the work that our students do for the Performing Arts department. They frequently go well beyond the extra mile in giving time for rehearsals and working at the highest possible levels and the performance at the AusCham lunch was no exception.
Our instrumental programme has now started. Please refer to the timetables that have been emailed already. If your child is interested in learning a musical instrument, please feel free to talk to us in the Performing Arts department. We are able to offer most of the different kinds of instrument available and we also run a variety of ensembles for both instruments and voices. Throughout the year we try to offer AISHK students as many performing opportunities as possible, these include at assemblies, or at some of our other events throughout the year. If you child is interested in performing, please get them to come and see us.
Peter Stapleton | Head of Performing Arts