Every semester St Andrew's College puts on a musical show case evening known as the Gala Concert. The first Gala Concert for 2011 was held on Sunday May 15th, set in the ambient College Chapel. The evening involved a variety of well-received vocal, instrumental and dramatic performances. An appreciative audience consisting of alumni, parents and guests of the college were treated to a packed and diverse program of musical and dramatic talent.
Music is an integral part of College life, and having such a range of talented musicians adds great depth to the College experience. Highlights from the evening involved the Choral Scholars Ensemble singing a unique arrangement titled ‘The Pool’ by R McDonald and D Walker. This was the first introduction of the new Director of Music to the St Andrew's College community. Sarah Penicka-Smith is a huge asset to the college, and has significantly developed the group into a polished ensemble.
The evening featured an engaging variety of classical, contemporary and Indigenous sounds. Alex Purdue and Lachlan Shumack’s creative performance involving a didgeridoo, vocals, harmonica and slide guitar proved another highlight. Classical operettas by various students from the Conservatorium of Music were highly impressive and exceptionally moving.
It was fantastic to welcome some familiar faces back to the College, and share in some cheeky cocktails after the event.
Photos Courtesy of Edward Hawthorne.