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Fairholme Singing Studio | Annual Recital!

Congratulations to Ms Alana Scott (FSS Co-ordinator) and the impressive young singers of the Fairholme Singing Studio on their wonderful performances at this year’s recital. Providing not only a wonderful performance opportunity for students from the Junior, Middle and Senior schools to showcase what they have learnt throughout the year for family members, friends and teaching staff, the Recital also allows these young singers to show how much they have grown in confidence and ability as each year passes.

This year’s Guest Adjudicator, D’Arne Sleeman (Opera Queensland) provided some very encouraging and helpful feedback to all of the performers and awarded the following acknowledgements:

The 'Singer of the Day' awards were presented to Year 4 student, Brooke Johnson (Junior School Award), Year 7 student, Elizabeth McCollum (Middle School Award) and Year 11 student Emma Johnson (Senior School Award), who was also the recipient of the ‘Singer of the Year’ Award for 2019.

Karen Hayward | Head of Arts

Creme de la Creme Concert | truly the best of the best!

On Thursday, 10 October, the annual Crème de la Crème Concert was held at St. David’s Presbyterian Church. The program featured Music Extension Students, Anah Chung and Phoebe Heslop, Senior Music Scholarship Recipients, Breanna Collins and Emma Johnson, and Special Guest Performer, past TGS student and accomplished pianist, Benjamin Anderson.

The concert was absolutely fantastic and audience members were left wanting more. Each of our four girls who performed was extremely impressive and the two year 12s, Anah and Phoebe, gave simply wonderful performances for their final Music Extension assessment. Anah’s remarkable piano skills shone brightly through stunning performances of works by Tchaikovsky, Bartok and Mozart, whilst Phoebe’s impressive vocal range was showcased as she performed works by Andrew Lloyd Weber, Sullivan and Grieg, as well as entertaining the audience with her delightfully humorous presentation of Flanders and Swann’s, ‘A Word on my Ear’.

Sincere appreciation is extended to Mr Alex Dixon, not only for co-ordinating the Concert, but for his ongoing mentorship, professional guidance and encouragement as the girls’ Music Extension teacher. Furthermore, we thank accompanists Mrs Jane van Gend and Mrs Alison Riethmuller and the girls’ individual Music Teachers – Mrs Anne Gralow, Ms Hayley Sugars, Mrs Lauren Crighton and Ms Alana Scott – for their contribution in preparing the girls for their performances. The compere for the evening was Prefect for The Arts, Sienna Davis, who did a wonderful job in seamlessly guiding the program throughout the evening.

‘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.