Fairholme The Arts

Arts In Action

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.

Middle School 'A Box of Chocolates' Concert | A Tasty Treat!

Middle School students shared their many and varied talents with a most appreciative audience on Monday evening, 17 September, showcasing their performance abilities in the 'A Box of Chocolates' concert, and continuing a tradition created by our Middle School Arts Captains in 2014. Each of the Arts disciplines was very well represented across a variety of presentations.

In Dance, the audience was treated not only to sparkling, energetic duets, but also to Year 7, 8 and 9 dance groups who impressed with their original choreography and enthusiasm. To the delight of the audience, guest dancer Hamish Wells, accompanied Tyla Arnold in one contemporary piece.

The dramatic arts were represented by performances which were all highly entertaining. These included a dynamic monologue, a quite delightful duologue from Anne of Green Gables, and a boisterous and energised performance by MUSE Drama Ensemble players, performing ‘Sports Day at Scumbagg School’ based on the book by Wes Magee.

Students performed some very impressive choral and instrumental performances. Pieces included solos in Flute, Piano and Violin, ranging from a Concertino in la minore, to a traditional Irish song. The audience enjoyed duets and solos sung beautifully, of songs by Adele, as well as musical theatre items from Mary Poppins and Fiddler on the Roof. Piano and singing duets, and self-accompanied solo pieces were some of the many well-received performances on the night. The music ensembles were superb, and the talents of the Middle School String Quartet playing ‘K155 in D Major – Molto Allegro’, and the Year 9 College Choir, singing ‘Canon in D’ by Pachebel were quite breathtaking. The Perth Tour Group capped off the night with a splendid instrumental performance of ‘Breakaway’ by Daniel O’Brien.

A Visual Arts Presentation showcased an exciting range of works that included Year 7 Assemblage Sculptures and Street Art Canvases; Year 8 Abstract Shoe drawings, Pop Art portraits and Self-Inspired Photoshop images; and Year 9 Identity Studies and ‘Lost Thing’ Sculptures.

Performers, accompanists and the students of the Sound and Lighting crew are all to be applauded for contributing to the success of a great night of entertainment, showcasing once again the broad-ranging Arts abilities of the Middle School students.