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Music at its best presented by Sydney Secondary College
At last, the cold winter days are finally over. The flowers have started to bloom and we can feel the slight warmth of the morning sun as it slowly ascends from the horizon. The clear blue sky, the smell of the grass bathing from its dew, and the calling of the baby birds awaiting for their mama and papa to bring their breakfast, all denotes that Spring has arrived.
We are blessed that we live in a country like Australia. We have never experienced a severe winter. In fact, on an occasional sunny winter's day, our beautiful beaches are teeming with people from all walks of life to enjoy the beautiful weather. Our weekends are usually spent having a BBQ in our backyard or at the park with our family and friends.
This year is no exception. Most outdoor and indoor events are already advertised, including the much-awaited "Music in the Park" which will be held in Pioneers Memorial Park, Norton Street Leichhardt on the 12th of September, from 11AM to 3PM.
It will be a day of entertainment, showcasing talented young musicians in a wondrous park setting. Homemade delectable treats, all day BBQ, and locally sourced coffee beans are available throughout the event.
This free community event is obviously a product of hard work.
Putting together this massive task is not easy.
It took three months of planning with regular meetings held. The three groups involved to create this mammoth task are the Sydney Secondary College administration, (Olivia Edwards and Jude Kelly – College Principal). They made sure that permission slips were organised and granted and offered continuous communication with the parents, and up to date information.
The Instrumental Music Director, (Mark Stevens, assisted by Cameron Barnett) will officiate the musical aspect and ensure that the schedules for the day are adhered to. And parents and volunteers will support and assist with the non-music activities on that day.
The Sydney Secondary College Instrumental Music Program (SSC IMP) includes two key components; the 'Primarily Fun Workshops' and the 'Music in the Park'.
The Primarily Fun Workshops was held over three days prior to the "Music in the Park" event. Primary year 5-6 students were selected from 20 schools in the Leichardt area and have co-ordinated with the year 7-8 students from Sydney Secondary College Instrumental Music Program (SSC IMP), with the purpose of learning a challenging new musical repertoire and also to have fun in the process.
All ensembles rehearsed on a weekly basis. They also regularly perform and participate in competition. A tutor was engaged to assist with the students' day to day learning. The children will perform the composition that they had learned from the workshop at the Music in the Park event.
The two components has indeed brought opportunities for young people who came from different backgrounds and different age groups to develop new skills, enrich their love of the arts, and improve their self-confidence by performing in public.
This event will hopefully give communities from Leichardt area and afar, the opportunity to meet, have the chance to build an even greater relationship and learn from the diverse cultures that we have in this country.
The Sydney Secondary College administration, The Instrumental Music Director, the parents, staff, volunteers, some local residents and of course those amazing musicians who demonstrated such discipline and tenacity and others who had undertaken this massive task are indeed the pillars of our society.
What a wonderful way to start the spring. An incredible day of music, food and family gathering in the company of dedicated young musicians who will enthral the audience.
So mark your calendar, for a magnificent day out on the 12th of September. Bring a rug, a blanket, the camera, and dont forget to bring your beloved pet. And the most important of all, enjoy the show.
My utmost heartfelt gratitude is extended to Olivia Edwards and Susie Willis for providing the images and the necessary information to write this article.
- The parent committee is led by Alicia Talarico
- The conductor of the Primarily Fun Band is Glad Reed
- Other regular conductors for the IMP and who will be conducting IMP Ensembles on the day are Simon Sweeney, Carlos Antonoli and John Benson