16 October 2017

Music Department

"Create with the heart, build with the mind." Criss Jami - Lead singer of the band "Venus in Arms"

On Friday 21 March, 150 musicians from Scotch and PLC joined together in the annual Quiz Night. This event has been steadily growing over the last few years, probably because of the outstanding prizes on offer, and it was a great opportunity to socialise at a fun event with friends from different year levels and schools. A senior table of boys and girls won the event for the third year in a row, and while they shared the major prize, almost everyone walked away with something to take home. Points were awarded for general knowledge plus games such as the best singer, balloon popping, hoola hoop, limbo, and air guitar. Some of the pictures will be on display around the school for everyone to enjoy. My thanks to FOSM and the music parents at PLC for their prize collection and hard work that made the event so successful.

If you would like to join the Friends of Scotch Music (FOSM) - a group of parents who enthusiastically support the work of boys and staff in the Music Department, the process is very straight forward via the FOSM email below. FOSM meets once or twice each term with all meetings beginning at 7.00pm. Meetings go for approximately one hour, and are held in the Senior School Music Room with everyone welcome. Please consider becoming involved in the FOSM Parent Support group as an excellent way to support your son and the Music Programme at Scotch College.

On Sunday 30 March, the boys in the Combined Vocal Ensemble and the Combined Symphony Orchestra performaned as guests of PLC at the Quarry Amphitheatre on Reabold Hill. This concert was performed in the evening, and happily, the timing avoided all the rain. A lovely way for the senior ensembles to begin their 2014 performances. The PLC concert was followed a week later by the Scotch College Senior Summer Concert held in the Dickinson Centre on Friday 4 April. This performance began at the new time of 6pm with Big Band entertaining the audience as they enjoyed a cup of tea of coffee in the Dickinson Centre Foyer. Following the Big Bands, the Combined Symphony Orchestra and the Combined Vocal Ensemble performed which lead into the other senior ensembles. All performers acquitted themselves well on stage and the audience certainly enjoyed the musical selections and the earlier timeslot. I will publish some photos either online or in the next edition of The Thistle.

At the Senior Summer Concert, 7 boys were commended for their selection as Senior Representatives to support the Captain of Music Patrick Mitchell (Year 12, Brisbane) in the work of the Music Department. The boys are, William Goyder (Year 11, Ross) and Harry Adler (Year 11, Ferguson) - Voice, Hamish de la Hunty (Year 11, Shearer) and Connor Henderson (Year 11, Ferguson) - Strings, Reece Grant (Year 12, Shearer) - Guitar, Nicholas Olivares (Year 12, St Andrews) - Jazz/Contemporary, and Mark Barwood (Year 11, St Andrews) - Concert Band. I congratulate and wish these boys well in their roles as Senior Representatives for the 2014 year.

I am looking forward to upcoming events next term that include the Mt Gambier Generations in Jazz Tour, the Junior and Middle School Music Camp and the Junior and Middle School Autumn Concert.

Contact Details

The Instrumental Programme is administered by the Senior School Music Department and all queries should be directed to the Music Administrator, Julia Robinson (9383 6841) music@scotch.wa.edu.au

Alternately, please contact Mr David Coughlan, Head of Music, via email DGCoughlan@scotch.wa.edu.au or phone 9383 6842.

If you wish to become more involved in supporting the Music Department by receiving information about the work of FOSM, please contact FOSM@scotch.wa.edu.au.