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Kaleidoscope 2019

‘STRINGOUT’ 2019 - A Resounding Success!

On Wednesday 5 June, saw 300 excited young musicians take to the Empire Theatre stage in order to work together and ultimately combine as one to present an sublime evening concert for STRINGOUT 2019, marking the 20th year of this music making event. Initiated by string teacher Rod Egerton at Fairholme College in 1999, this event is now firmly established on the Toowoomba music education calendar, alternating each second year with SINGOUT.

A record number of primary school aged string players from across the Toowoomba Region came together to share their passion for music in a cooperative, non-competitive environment. Working in one of three orchestras, according to their level of experience, the students were guided by guest conductor Andrea Messenger AO, ably assisted by a willing team of local string teachers from the community as well as state and independent schools.

To mark the occasion and acknowledge the input and support of many of Australia’s leading string composers and teachers over the life of Stringout, this year saw the premiere of a new specially commissioned work entitled “Great Dividing Range” by Brisbane composer Timo Jarvela. The final item in the concert program, this piece involved the combined forces of both the Intermediate and the Advanced orchestras comprising close to 200 players.

The experience of playing together with so many any other like-minded musicians in the wonderful Empire Theatre is a unique experience for many of the students and one that will surely provide lifelong memories.

We wish to acknowledge that such an event does not and could not happen without the collaborative efforts of many dedicated teachers and for this, we are sincerely grateful to all involved. However, it has been the long-term commitment of just one person that has ensured the longevity of this festival and the driving force behind the ‘STRINGOUT’ program has been our very own, Instrumental Music Co-ordinator, Mr Rod Egerton. From just 20 students in its inception year, Rod has been responsible for guiding the program’s development and growth throughout the years and has seen it evolve into its current format. Thank you, Rod, for your passion, dedication and professionalism.

Perth Ensemble Tour | 2018

At the end of Term 3, an excited group of 18 music students, comprising members of the Chamber Strings and Symphonic Wind Band joined Mr Egerton, Mr Crook and Ms Hobson for a musical adventure to Western Australia. At the invitation of the Guildford Grammar School Arts Department, the girls enjoyed the opportunity to meet and workshop with students and staff from the school as well as performing in their magnificent chapel and at the Guildford Fete.

Other musical and cultural highlights included:

  • Visits to WAAPA (Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts) for a Baroque harpsichord and strings concert, as well as a personal guided tour and concert of the Historical Keyboards exhibition with Prof Geoffrey Lancaster
  • An afternoon walk in Kings Park to see the magnificent WA wildflowers
  • World-premiere performance of Dracula by the WA Ballet and WASO at His Majesty’s Theatre, with a ‘meet and greet’ with one of the members of the ballet afterwards
  • Sunday church service in the city with music scholars from WAAPA
  • Lunchtime concert followed by Fremantle markets in Fremantle.

This trip provided a wonderful opportunity for musical development and group bonding between the girls, ranging from Year 7 to Year 12, while also building on the relationship between Fairholme College and Guildford Grammar, established in 2017 when musicians from Guildford visited us here at Fairholme. Thank you to Mr Egerton, Mr Crook and Ms Hobson for making this wonderful opportunity possible.