Mu­sic stu­dents ex­pe­ri­ence tour

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Hor­sham Col­lege’s mu­sic de­part­ment has again been on the road, this time to the cen­tral gold­fields city of Bendigo for a two-night stay.

While away the school band and vo­cal­ists per­formed at var­i­ous pri­mary schools.

One of the high­lights of the trip was a record­ing ses­sion in Bendigo’s Sa­cred Heart Cathe­dral, us­ing the build­ing’s renowned acous­tics.

Footage of the per­for­mance in the cathe­dral will placed on Hor­sham Col­lege’s Youtube chan­nel.

Mu­sic teacher Nick Shirrefs said the pur­pose of the tour was to ex­pose stu­dents to the life of a trav­el­ling band, most of which was the re­al­ity of pack­ing and un­pack­ing, and per­form­ing to stu­dents in other schools.

He said works the stu­dents per­formed in­cluded a Queen med­ley, Pi­az­zolla’s ‘Lib­er­tango’, ‘Sky­fall’ and even an ar­range­ment of a Mozart ro­mance.

“To help cover the costs of the ex­pen­sive en­deav­our, the stu­dents per­formed and catered for a Ro­tary din­ner for which a gen­er­ous do­na­tion was put for­ward, and a re­cent ‘dress as your favourite mu­si­cian’ day with gold coin do­na­tion,” he said.

The fledg­ling mu­si­cians pre­pared for the tour with a fi­nal re­hearsal in the col­lege’s mu­sic room on the Dim­boola Road cam­pus.

The de­part­ment is mov­ing to a tem­po­rary al­ter­na­tive set of class­rooms while stu­dents across the col­lege move into newly de­vel­oped school build­ings.

Even­tu­ally the mu­sic de­part­ment will be in the col­lege’s former ad­min­is­tra­tion build­ing on the cor­ner of High Street and Rem­law Road.

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