The MEP’s new choir and vocal ensemble conductor is Edwin Carter, who is also a teacher at RBSC and last year was musical director of the college production of the Wedding Singer. Edwin is an experienced vocalist, choral conductor and chorister who has conducted choirs at several schools around Sydney, and established choral programs where extra-curricular music was not present. He studied a combined Bachelor of Music/Bachelor of Education degree at the UNSW, where he focussed on the development of singing and piano skills. Having been trained in singing both as a soloist and chorister since the age of 7, he has extensive knowledge of both singing and choral techniques and is also a proficient pianist. He has been an active member of Sydney’s choral community since 2007, regularly performing as a chorister for the SSO and as a member of the Sydney Phiharmonia Chamber Singers.
Edwin has big plans for the choir and vocal ensemble. Rehearsals will focus on perfecting performance repertoire whilst also developing the skills necessary for accurate pitch, breathing support, diction, dynamic development and tone. Edwin also will be working to expand performance opportunities for choral singing throughout the school and community, with the aim of participating in choral Eisteddfods in the near future.
Photos from the MEP concert June 11 … (thanks Danni Kedar)
Just to talk about the success of the Senior Percussion Ensemble for another moment or two – here’s what the plaque looks like (you can see the real thing in the cabinet in the school foyer): –– and here’s some of what the adjudicator had to say. About the first piece, Stool Pigeon: ‘Very impressive display of coordination and cooperation …. Good strong performance and you looked like you enjoyed it.’ And about the second piece, Funk Infusion: ‘Excellent groove – impressive drum solos! Great feel on the mallets – great open sound. Good balance. Solid throughout. Very enjoyable performance! Congratulations – job well done.’
… the Senior Percussion Ensemble which took out second spot for its performance at the Sydney Eisteddfod held last week, with first place awarded to Fort Street High School. This group just gets better and better – highly commended last year, second place this year and, who knows, first place in 2016! The Junior Percussion Ensemble also acquitted itself with great aplomb and was the only group to give a performance that featured voices (in a fabulous piece entitled Summon the Spirits). Congratulations and thanks also to conductor Ben Bryant, standing in on the day for Ali Foster – Ali is back on the podium for the groups’ next performances, at the upcoming MEP concert THIS THURSDAY JUNE 11 AT 7PM.
MUSIC ENSEMBLE PROGRAM MIDYEAR CONCERT
THURSDAY JUNE 11 IN THE HALL
Music starts at 7pm – BBQ and soup available from 6pm
Tea, coffee, cold drinks and sweet and savoury treats also available
The MEP midyear concert is your chance to hear performances by senior and junior concert bands, stage bands and percussion ensembles, the choir and vocal ensemble and nine rockbands, some of them seasoned performers and others making their debut: Red, Yellow, Orange, The Horizon, The Reeks, Finza Maron, Static, The Disagreements and Gone Electric.
The concert is a great night out for family and friends! It’s also an important fundraiser for the MEP. Entry is free but we hope you’ll spend up large on the delicious food available and/or purchase a program with a gold coin donation.
Music camp is over for another year … (Photos by Kelly Vine, thanks Kelly!)