Mu­sic to close Ed­u­ca­tion Week

Southern Riverina news - - NSW Public schools Education Week -

TOCUMWAL Pub­lic School will close Ed­u­ca­tion Week with a school assem­bly on Fri­day at 12.15pm.

Per­form­ing a mu­si­cal item at the assem­bly will be 16 Tocumwal stu­dents who are head­ing off to the Syd­ney Opera House for an Au­gust 10 event.

Fam­ily, friends and com­mu­nity mem­bers are en­cour­aged to come along for a pre­view of the Syd­ney show.

The an­nual event, called the Fes­ti­val of In­stru­men­tal Mu­sic, is a NSW Depart­ment of Ed­u­ca­tion pro­gram or­gan­ised through the Arts Unit NSW.

The stu­dents are re­quired to learn three pieces of mu­sic ‘off by heart’ on the recorder.

There are five dif­fer­ent parts for the recorder (bass, tenor, tre­ble, des­cant and be­gin­ner des­cant).

Our stu­dents are play­ing two of these, be­ing the des­cant and the be­gin­ner des­cant.

The stu­dents will be joined by about 900 other young mu­si­cians who have all learned the same reper­toire to per­form to­gether with a full orches­tra.

The re­sult is an in­cred­i­ble sound that is quite unique and beau­ti­ful.

The reper­toire is chal­leng­ing and the stu­dents must prac­tice daily for al­most six months to en­sure suc­cess.

The per­sis­tence and de­ter­mi­na­tion demon­strated by this recorder group is im­pres­sive.

For the ma­jor­ity of the group, this is their first ex­pe­ri­ence at play­ing in the Opera House with an orches­tra.

If any­one would like to book the group to per­form please let me know as the stu­dents en­joy per­form­ing and it is good prac­tice for them too.

~El­iz­a­beth Tocumwal School Tur­rell,


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