14 August 2017

Music Department

"Ah, music," he said, wiping his eyes. "A magic beyond all we do here!"- J.K. Rowling, 'Dumbledore' in Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone.

As mentioned in the previous edition of The Thistle, the boys of the Music Department have been busy preparing for, and performing in the Senior Recital and Upson Award, Jazz Night, the Performance Festivals and Con Brio. The feedback provided by the festival adjudicators has been extremely valuable with additional recognition given to Big Band One through the presentation of a "Groove Award" which includes a $450 voucher to purchase musical equipment. The Combined Scotch College and PLC Symphony Orchestra received an "Excellent" Award for their performance at Churchlands Senior High School.

Jazz night 1

jazz night 2

jazz night 3

Following the beautiful string performances presented at Con Brio last Wednesday, which included several senior string and guitar ensembles together with solo performances by Stuart McCowan (Year 11, Ferguson), Lewis Weeda (Year 9, Shearer), Mac Hanlin (Year 11, Stuart), Hamish de la Hunty (Year 11, Shearer), Matthia Au (Year 8, Alexander) and Benjamin Anderson (Year 9, Cameron), the focus turned to a Schools' Concert Presentation by the WA Youth Jazz Orchestra on Thursday. Through the partnership established between the Music Department and WAYJO, we were able to obtain more than 40 tickets for boys free of charge and also enjoy a workshop provided to Big Band One on Monday evening by one of the guest performers, Mr John Morrison (James Morrison's brother).

Upcoming events include:

Monday 1 September, Combined Symphony Orchestra Rehearsal and supper, 7.00pm - 9.00pm Dickinson Centre

Friday 5 September, Senior Spring Concert, 6.00pm, Dickinson Centre. This is a free, non ticketed event for all to enjoy.

Saturday 6 September, PLC Showcase Concert, 5.30pm, Dickinson Centre. Tickets via PLC Music Department.

Tuesday 9 September, Middle School Concert Band Presentation to Parents, MacKellar Hall

Thursday 11 September, Junior String Celebration Concert, 5.00pm MacKellar Hall

Thursday 18 September, Senior Music Department Dinner, 6.30pm

Many of the events listed above are supported by FOSM. 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. The next FOSM Meeting is to be held Monday, 20 October and will include the Annual General Meeting.

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.