Congratulations to everyone

What a fantastic night! The Music Ensemble Program’s End of Year Concert took place last Thursday, and the music just gets better and better. It seems unfair to single anyone out, because everyone was so good. But I will say that two Year 7 rock bands played for the very first time, without the benefit of their usual Thursday rehearsal. If anyone was nervous, they certainly didn’t show it!

A big thanks to everyone who made this happen, including our amazing tutors, all the parents who made and served the food, and wrangled the bands, our technicians – and, naturally, the musicians and singers.

And of course, we’re going to do it all over again on Wednesday  December  10 for Rose Bay Rocks! This is the chance for all the rock bands to strut their stuff once more for the year, with every band playing two or three songs. In the school hall, 6pm for food, 7pm for the music. Looking forward to seeing you there.

Clive Hopkins. MEP Convenor

Below: just a few photos from the night (thanks to Danni Kedar) – we’ll be posting more very soon.



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For new students – joining the MEP

Joining the Music Ensemble Program at RBSC is a great move for all sorts of reasons – if you have a look around this website you’ll come across quite a few of them. If you know you want to join, or think you might want to but are not 100% sure yet, the best thing you can do is register your interest: just fill in and submit the form that you’ll find here. It doesn’t mean you’re committed to anything (it’s paying your enrolment fees that does that) but it does mean you’ll receive emails and generally be in the loop to receive any information about the program or upcoming events that gets sent out.

The MEP is a friendly place to be – as well as offering a great musical experience –  and we look forward to welcoming lots of new members in 2015.

To ask questions, see our contacts page, here.


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End of year events – a feast of music

Time to celebrate the exciting achievements of our MEP ensembles and groups by coming along to hear what they can do at two action-packed concerts. The ensembles and some rockbands are performing this Thursday December 4 at 7pm in the school hall – come along at 6pm and buy something delicious to eat and drink beforehand. Rose Bay Rocks is on at the same venue the following week – Wednesday December 10, and once again you can buy all you need in the way of eating and drinking from 6pm on.

Entry to both concerts is by gold coin donation – everyone is welcome!

Below: MEP director Murray Jackson rehearsing the Senior Concert Band 

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Sign up to Meet the Music

Meet the Music is a Sydney Symphony Orchestra’s subscription series designed specifically to be relevant to HSC music students and simply enjoyable for anyone else.  There are four concerts, all  at the Sydney Opera House on Thursdays at 6.30pm, for a total price of just $100 for students and $160 for adults. Music and venue are superb so that is great value for money! The MEP organises the purchase of tickets for any interested students – a teacher will be attending each concert so you can buy a subscription for just an individual student or for parents/carers/siblings/friends as well. You’ll find more information about the concerts here – if you decide to sign up, download an invoice here and pay at the school’s finance office before the end of week 1 term 1 2015.


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Two great gigs coming up

Hear MEP Program director Murray Jackson at two great gigs this week:

Friday Oct 17 8pm at the Harold Park Hotel in Glebe with the Brendan Clarke Quartet

Sat Oct 18 7.30pm at the Camelot Lounge in Marrickville - BIG BAND SALSA Celebration with 15 piece Latin Big Band MUCHO free CD giveaway!

See more information about these gigs below._


Following amazing sellout shows MUCHO MAMBO returns to Camelot for a high energy night of Big Band Salsa and funky Mambo with the world class Mucho Mambo Latin Big Band.
To help celebrate the night there will be a Mucho Mambo CD giveaway on entrance.

Featuring Australia’s best Latin and Jazz musicians, Mucho Mambo has been blowing audiences away since 2002 with their tight arrangements, brilliant musicianship and unique visual elements.

The Mucho Mambo experience is one of a kind in the music world, a truly authentic and timeless Latin Big Band. The orchestra’s dynamic and distinctive sound and world class big band arrangements will definitely fill the dance floor and make Camelot shake like never before.

Mucho Mambo’s unique sound blends bold, brassy riffs and driving percussion with big brass arrangements and cool old style Latin grooves. Mucho Mambo’s sound builds on the classic orchestrations and rhythms of the 1950’s and 1960’s and moves through to the great Big Band Salsa sounds of today, always reinventing them with a funky new edge.

Booking is highly recommended, Mucho Mambo has sold out every time at Camelot.

$30 | 7.30pm, show 9.00pm
Delicious food (including pizza!) available. Fully licensed – NO BYO. Please book carefully – as no refunds, credits or exchanges on tix! All ages welcome (but under 18s must be accompanied by an adult)


Just wanting to let you know that my Quartet has some gigs coming up that we’d love to see you at. Its my regular band with myself on bass, Murray Jackson on alto sax, Matt McMahon on piano and Andy Gander at the drums.Firstly we are playing next Friday October 17th at the Harold Park Hotel in Glebe. This is a new gig thats just started, it’s a great room to play and listen to jazz in, they have fantastic array of food and drinks available too. The gig starts at 8pm and it $10/$15 at the door. This gig will be a big warm up for us before we perform at our biggest event yet which is….The Wangaratta Jazz Festival!I’m really excited and it’s a great honour to be presenting my band at Australia’s premier jazz festival. We will be performing on Saturday 1st November at 2:30pm in the WAPAC hall.For more information about the festival and to book tickets visit here or call (03) 5722 8199.


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MEP Soiree – what a good night it was!

Feedback from Murray Jackson:

This was our seventh Soiree and the final one for 2014. It was also our largest by some margin, with forty five performers compared with a more typical attendance of around fifteen, requiring us to decamp the larger space of the Multi-Media room.

It was fantastic to see so many of our instrumentalists and vocalists returning for another opportunity to perform in an informal and supportive setting and great to see the increasing confidence and self assuredness that comes with the experience. Several of the students performed for the first time and it was humbling to see their courage and willingness to tackle what can be an overwhelming occasion.

Speaking of premiers; I was particularly pleased to welcome so many of our great percussion students to a Soiree for the first time! I look forward to seeing them again, perhaps in a smaller setting, or even as soloists!

Thank you to the tutors who gave up their time to attend; Ali Foster, Angie Dean and Sean Windsor. Your support is greatly appreciated. Thanks also to the students who performed and the parents, family and friends whose attendance makes these evenings so special. I was also very grateful for the support of the audience throughout the entire proceedings, in spite of it being considerably longer than usual. Finally, it was lovely to welcome back Rose Bay alumna Isabella Antonievich, who did a fantastic job accompanying many of the performers on the night.

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MEP Soiree this Thursday

MEP Soirees are held twice a year, to showcase the musical achievements of students receiving instrumental and vocal tuition at the school through the MEP program. They are intimate and friendly events whose focus on solo performance provides a great opportunity to appreciate our students’ individual musical skills and talents. As well as music, drinks and nibbles are provided.The second soiree for 2014 is happening this Thursday, September 18, at 7pm in the Multimedia Room in C Block. All wecome!


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