More than 460 students from all 14 ASC Schools were the stars of the show at the Perth Concert Hall for the ASC Biennial Combined Schools Concert.
2018 was the first time all 14 schools had performers taking part in the Concert, which featured a Combined Choir, Stage Band, Rock Band, Concert Band, String Orchestra and Concert Orchestra. The tradition of student leaders from each school acting as MCs enabled the audience to hear about music in each school as well as learn of the piece they were about to hear.
Other features included a performance of Tarantella in A Minor by Chantelle Tran, the winner of this year’s ASC Piano Competition and a performance from the Combined Schools Percussion Ensemble during the Interval.
The standard of music was exceptional, with students only coming together for rehearsals in the week leading up to the Concert.
The ASC was privileged to have two Guest Conductors who engaged with our students in workshops and rehearsals in the week leading up to the Concert to ensure musicians from each school joined together as cohesive groups to produce wonderful music.
It was the fifth appearance from conductor Stephen Williams, who has taken part in each ASC Concert, and the first appearance from conductor Trevor Jones. Both conductors were an asset to the program, teaching and inspiring our young musicians.
With a diverse selection of music ranging from John Fogerty’s Proud Mary to Fauré’s Requiem, the concert played to an appreciative crowd of parents, as well as representatives from the ASC, the Diocese of Perth and from education, including the WA Minister for Education, The Honourable Sue Ellery MLC.
This was the fourth biennial concert for the ASC which began after the success of the ASC’s 25th Anniversary Concert and we now look to what 2020 might bring!