Music Notes!

Congratulations to the following students for their various achievements:

Katie Natt (Year 7 Crown) - Preliminary Flute AMEB A+ (High Distinction)
Jasmine Gayler (Year 4 Wyvern) - Piano for Leisure Preliminary A (Honours)
Jack Elms (Year 5 Wyvern) - Piano for Leisure Grade 1 A+ (High Distinction)
Lilly Wiese (Year 8 Fricker) - Flute Grade 3 Practical A
Immi Beattie (Year 8 Heaslip) - Flute Grade 3 Practical B
Jenny Xu (Year 7 Charter) - Flute Grade 2 Practical - B+
Jack Elms (Year 5 Wyvern) received a Distinction in his Grade 3 Voice and High Distinction in Grade 1 Piano.

Congratulations to the following students who were selected for the final round of the International Piano Competition this year:

  • Kato Cao (Year 3 Abbey)
  • Barad Abdollahpour (Year 3 Wesley)  
  • Yolanda Wang (Year 1 Wesley) 
  • Yuchen Zhou (Year 12 Carter)
  • Emily Jaarsma (Year 12 Dunstan)
  • Sky Shi (Year 12 Heaslip)

Entries were received from 11 countries and five continents including the United States, Canada, China, Thailand, Germany, Poland, Greece, Estonia, Columbia, Mexico, and Australia. If they proceed to the finals, they will perform overseas in Steinway Hall or Carnegie Hall.

ABODA SA Band Festival

This year’s ABODA Festival will again be hosted by Westminster School. We have 10 ensembles involved over the three days, and family and friends are very welcome to attend and support our ensembles. The Festival begins on Wednesday 22 August and will run through to Friday 24 August. Specific times for each performance will be published in the next eNews.

Music Night 2018

This year’s Music Night will be held on Thursday 13 September in the MMC. Entitled “Westock”, many of our ensembles will play tunes that were performed at Woodstock in 1969! We also have three special guests this year.

Fresh from the Adelaide Cabaret Festival in a fantastic show entitled 'Them There Eyes', saxophonist and expert looper Adam Page will once again join us for this event.

We will also welcome Damien Steele-Scott, an outstanding bass player/guitarist who also works with looping, and Zkye Compson-Harris who is a wonderful singer, covering all styles of music. Damien and Zkye are Adelaide musicians who regularly play around town, and have also travelled extensively overseas.

Please follow the link to download the Music Night 2018 poster.

Tickets will be on sale two weeks from now.

Michael Degenhart
Head of Performing Arts

Boys' Dance Workshops

The second of a series of Boys' Only Dance Workshops was held in the David Jarman room during lunchtime on Friday 22 June. 14 boys attended a workshop taught by 2018 Dance Captain Luke Rigden. The workshop included a group warm up, and learning contemporary and hip-hop movement sequences. It was wonderful to see the leadership skills of the senior students and the enthusiasm of the Prep boys, many of whom came for their first experience of a dance class.

Due to the continued success of these workshops and strong interest within the Westminster community, there will be a third workshop held late in Term 3. More details to follow.

Any male students from Years 2 to 12 interested in the next workshop are invited to send an expression of interest via Email to Sophie Wilson. No prior experience necessary.

Australian Ballet Dress Rehearsal of David McAlister’s Sleeping Beauty

On Thursday 5 July, 30 co-curricular ballet students and staff attended the Australian Ballet’s dress rehearsal of David McAllister’s lavish production of Sleeping Beauty. This provided an excellent opportunity for students to view the rehearsal process of the company and Adelaide Symphony Orchestra prior to opening night. It was also great to see Joel Sanders (’17) perform as an extra in the production.


Adelaide Dance Festival

During the recent school holidays many dance students and staff took advantage of the performance and workshops being held in Adelaide, as part of the inaugural Adelaide Dance Festival, and a joint dance conference by  daCi (Dance and the Child International) and WDA (World Dance Alliance). Adelaide was a buzz of Dance activity with both local and international Dance artists providing an excellent opportunity for Dance learning.

Australian Made 2018

On Wednesday 1 August, our annual Australian Made concert was held in the Michael Murray Centre. This performance was a presentation of 11 short dance works choreographed by our Stage 2 students as part of the SACE requirements in Dance. This was an opportunity for the Dance students to create a signature work that had strong meaning to them individually. I am very proud of the whole Dance cohort and their dancers, for the high standard that was attained in this challenging component of the course.

Carolyn Obst
Head of Dance