ENSEMBLES 2014

Bel Canto, Firbank Grammar School

Bel Canto, Firbank Grammar School

 

Firbank Grammar School was founded in 1909 and is located in the bayside suburb of Brighton, Melbourne, Australia. Its mission is to provide all students with an outstanding education, one that prepares them for the journey beyond school.

Firbank has a long tradition of excellence in music and provides a dynamic and varied music program which includes regular church and concert performances. An appreciation of music in all its forms is encouraged at all levels of the School.

Bel Canto is the senior auditioned choir within the school and over the past two years has performed in concert at the Melbourne Recital Centre, featured in the Anglican Schools’ Conference Service, and performed at the Kodaly Conference as a Guest Choir. Bel Canto has toured successfully overseas winning international competitions in Verona and Vienna. This is the first international tour for the group in its current formation under the direction of Philippa Jones. The touring choir has been formed from within the group for this festival.

 

 

Philippa Jones

Philippa Jones

Conductor

Philippa Jones is Co-Director of Music (Curriculum and Choral) at Firbank Grammar School. Philippa joined the staff at Firbank Grammar at the beginning of 2012, and is building on Firbank’s strong choral tradition. During this time her choirs have performed in concert at the Melbourne Recital Centre, featured at the Anglican Schools Conference Service, and competed in the Vocal Jazz competition of the Generations in Jazz Festival in South Australia. Prior to her time at Firbank, Philippa was Head of Music at Whangaparaoa College, Auckland, New Zealand. Whangaparaoa College’s auditioned choir, Bellissimo, was successful in New Zealand’s Big Sing competition, achieving Bronze and Silver Awards.

Since moving to Australia Philippa has quickly become involved in the Australian music scene, joining Australian Choral Conductors Education and Training Group Committee and attended the annual conducting Summer School with Gondwana Choirs. Philippa has an arts degree from Otago University, majoring in Music.

 

 

Competition Program

 

Johannes Brahms (1833 - 1897)   Schwesterlein, Schwesterlein
Francis Poulenc (1899 - 1963)   Ave verum corpus
Jens Rohwer (*1914)   Musikanten-Kanon
Nigel Hess (1953)   Benedictus
Todd McNeal (*1971)   Gifts

 

 

Additional Concerts Program

 

Andrew Miller (*1983)   Alleluia Incantation
Gabriel Faure (1845 - 1924)   Sanctus from Messe Basse
Liturgical Music   Kyrie/Gloria from A Chant Mass for the Assembly
John Rutter (*1945)   The Lord Bless You and Keep You
John Rutter(* 1945)   For the Beauty of the Earth
David Hamilton (*1955)   In a Glorious Garden Green
Trad. Maori Waiata   Wairua o te Puna Aroha
Milton DeLugg and William Stein
arr. Mark Puddy (*1960)
  Orange Coloured Sky
Lyn Williams (*1963)   Festive Alleluia
Ola Gjeilo (*1978)   Tundra
Trad. Spiritual
arr. Harry T Burleigh (1866 - 1949)
  Were You There?
Johannes Brahms (1833 - 1897)   Schwesterlein, Schwesterlein
Francis Poulenc (1899 - 1963)   Ave verum corpus
Jens Rohwer (*1914)   Musikanten-Kanon
Nigel Hess (1953)   Benedictus
Todd McNeal (*1971)   Gifts