Bentley Park College Band Win Silver Award at Melbourne Festival
The festival, produced and sponsored by the Billy Hyde Music Foundation, is one of Australia’s most prestigious events for school musicians with over 8 000 students participating each year.
It has an educational focus, with all ensembles receiving tutorials from industry professionals and a participation award.
The Bentley Park College Concert Band received a Silver Award, with their Jazz Ensemble receiving a Merit Award.
The student performers were very fortunate to have the opportunity to experience the outstanding acoustics of the Robert Blackwood Concert Hall at Monash University and to receive tutorials by industry professionals including Monte Mumford and Tim Davies.
Instrumental music teacher and band conductor, Ms Ruth Pols-Molford, said “I was very impressed with the professional conduct of the students at the Melbourne Schools Band Festival, as both performers and audience members. Band Tours are very important for the continued growth of a schools’ instrumental music program. They help to open the minds of students to what is culturally available to them outside of Cairns and inspire them to want to achieve this level of performance”.
While in Melbourne, the tour members made the most of the cultural offerings of the city, attending the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra’s performance of Beethoven’s Symphony No. 9 in D minor (which includes the famous ‘Ode to Joy’) and Andrew Lloyd Webber’s follow-up to ‘The Phantom of the Opera’, ‘Love Never Dies’.