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Pelican : November 2009
9 A Tribute to Michael Jackson. Jung Bläserphilharmonie Ulm (JBU) performing with our own Wind Ensemble and the ACT Instrumental Music Program's (IMPACT) Senior Concert Band. St Edmund's cleans up at Rock Eisteddfod On 22 July, 44 students from St Edmund's College participated in the Canberra Rock Eisteddfod Challenge. This is the largest and longest running youth performing arts and health promotion event in Australia, this year celebrating its 30th year. The challenge is a national iconic event, promoting positive messages for the youth of Australia and empowering some astonishingly creative performances from around 25,000 students across the country. St Edmund's College entered the RAW division which strips away the sets and focuses purely on the performance elements of dance and drama. Planning for this event began at the start of the year when the theme for the performance piece was chosen: 'A tribute to Michael Jackson'. The performance was mainly focused around the incredible impact Michael Jackson has had on the entertainment industry and acknowledged his amazing contribution to this industry. The performance piece gained more meaning once the news of Michael Jackson's death was announced weeks out from the performance date. The production was a passionate and polished performance that received rave reviews from the judges and the admiration of all present. St Edmund's received the following awards: • Award of Excellence for Choreography • Award of Excellence for Concept • Award of Excellence for Visual Enhancement • Award of Excellence for Lighting Design • Award of Excellence for Costuming Character. Mrs Brown, Mr Palfreman and Mr Moreau are also to be commended for their support and contribution to this production piece. The camaraderie and enthusiasm of the students was very much apparent in the performance on the night. Witnessing the obvious enjoyment and sense of satisfaction in the students after the performance reinforced the importance and place of extra-curricular activities like Rock Eisteddfod to the St Edmund's community. We can all be very proud of the efforts of the students and the contribution they make to the life of the school. Lisa Dempsey Rock Eisteddfod Co-ordinator Music transcends cultural boundaries On Friday 7 August, Junge Bläserphilharmonie Ulm (JBU) performed with our own wind ensemble and the ACT Instrumental Music Program's (IMPACT) Senior Concert Band. In the presence of His Excellency the German Ambassador to Australia, Dr Michael Witter, and Mrs Witter, the concert was a stunning success as the standard of music was exceptionally high. Staff from St Clare's College who attended said it was a privilege to be there. Our own wind ensemble played first, with players as young as 10. They performed with control, zest and zeal, producing the finely balanced sound which earned them a gold award at the National Eisteddfod in May this year. The band from IMPACT performed a really lively program to great acclaim. JBU performed in the second half and were sensational, with their live performance matching the high quality of their CD releases. They are truly a world-class group. The triumph of the concert was the finale, when a combined band of almost 200 players performed each other's traditional national tunes and gave rousing performances of the national anthems of Australia and the Federal Republic of Germany. Music has a unique ability to transcend cultural boundaries. Sport is also a great way to improve relations with other people but in sport there is always a winner and a loser. With music, everybody is a winner, so it is always a positive interaction. The purpose of the visit was to widen the horizons of our students and that was definitely achieved. The visit was a tremendous success as it brought our students into contact with young people from Germany and other schools in the ACT. The things they learned and memories of the people they met will stay with them for a very long time. Thank you to the host families, the parent group who served dinner and, of course, to Dr Widmer for his organisation. Greg Stenning Music Co-ordinator