18 June 2018


Over the recent mid-term break Senior Musicians from Scotch College and PLC travelled to Melbourne to visit Scotch College Melbourne, the Victorian College of the Arts Secondary School and the Melbourne University Music Conservatorium and its world renown Grainger Museum. Students also went to the Palais Theatre to see a Van Morrison retrospective and saw the musicals King Kong and Legally Blonde at two fantastic theatres.

Catching trams across Melbourne soon became second nature and the boys and girls easily accessed Etihad Stadium for the North Melbourne clinical annihilation of St Kilda, the Town Hall for a performance by the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra who "shared the chair" with their younger Melbourne Youth Orchestra counterparts, the Forum for a contemporary big band performance led by Paul Grabowsky plus a Mike Stern guitar Masterclass at the Wheeler Centre as part of the Melbourne International Jazz Festival.

This trip was a valuable experience for the senior musicians at both Scotch and PLC as it is vitally important to develop an understanding and appreciation of what musical standards and offerings are available in other parts of Australia. Perhaps some of the tour participants now have a wider view of the musical opportunities waiting for them after they leave secondary school. For more tour information and pictures please go to the Vitual Music Department wiki via the link below.

There are several events that are coming up which are detailed in other parts of this edition of The Thistle. The Junior and Middle School Autumn Concert to be held in the Dickinson Centre on Friday 21 June is a great showcase of the younger musical talent of the school, and the magnificent Jazz Night "Sounds of the 70s" to be presented on Friday 2 August is always a fantastic event.

The Music Department holds a variety of performances for the Scotch College community throughout the year plus events for Scotch College boys and the girls from PLC who participate in combined ensembles. A more detailed version of the Music Department's Newsletter can be found by following this link.

https://ishare.scotch.wa.edu.au/groups/thevmdthevirtualmusicdepartment/wiki/a583e/Music_Department_Newsletter.html (Please use your Scotch Parent login.)