Thu 23rd May
Townsville Grammar School is proud to be involved in the development of musical talent of the youth of North Queensland.
Last weekend, as a prelude to the Australian Festival of Chamber Music (AFCM) weekend, the School hosted the vocal section of the prestigious Australian Concerto and Vocal Competition.
The competition attracted national and international performers, with the adjudicators being internationally acclaimed Australian musicians Piers Lane AO (pianist), and Cheryl Barker AO (opera singer).
Past Townsville Grammar School student, Bianca Bacchiella, won third prize in Vocal Section 4, an amazing feat for the local talent given the winner was from Hong Kong and the runner-up from Poland.
Year 12 student, Michael Carroll was awarded the Youth Development Award for his performance in the school-age instrumental section, also winning third prize.
This weekend, Townsville Grammar School will host the Australian Festival of Chamber Music Junior Winterschool. On Saturday, international musician, composer and teacher, Pavel Fischer, will run a workshop that is open to any high school student who plays an orchestral instrument.
Grammar will also host a two-day intensive workshop open to high school ensemble groups such as string quartets, piano trios, flute quartets and wind quartets. The students will receive tuition from Pavel Fischer and perform at a concert at the conclusion of the workshop on Sunday. This is an incredible opportunity, especially in a regional centre.
“We are very proud of our continued association with the Australian Festival of Chamber Music and the Australian Concerto and Vocal Competition,” Mr Timothy Kelly, Principal, said. “We are excited to be involved in events such as these that encourage musical endeavours for talented North Queensland students. They also provide an important bridge to further musical careers after school, as our Past Grammarians have proven with their incredible results.”