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Canberra Grammar School welcomes you to the opening ceremony of the Snow Concert Hall. The evening’s proceedings include a range of performances from talented CGS students to CGS Alumni who are now respected and acclaimed musical artists. These performances have been carefully curated to create a truly memorable experience for all our invited guests. We hope you enjoy the programme.


 

PROGRAMME

ENTRANCE

Jason Rice (Yuin),
Kye Moggridge (
Kamilaroi – (CGS 2021) & Steve Allen

 


ACKNOWLEDGMENT OF COUNTRY

Sophie Green & Matthew Crafter

Music: T Gray (Gumbaynggirr, Wiradjuri, Bidjigal)
Poem: E Bell (Wallabalooa man from the Ngunawal Nation) 
Accomp: S Allen

 


Red Hill Wedgetail Country

At the brink of dawn
I rise to magpie song
before the old man has risen
over the horizon

I grasp for my country
the place where my ancestors are from

Red Hill, wedgetail country
magpie, crow, currawong
Red Hill wedgetail country
a flutter of wing from the travelling bogong

Birdsong highlights the silence 
a chorus of wind sings in sympathy with the leaves
an ode to the old hills as they sleep
And the sparkling plains below are dotted with sheep

Red Hill, wedgetail country
galah, kookaburra, lorikeet
Red Hill wedgetail country
on full moon nights the pale moon light
dances silver with a hundred creeks

a trickle of snowmelt water
travels toward home
galloping down the mountain
crashing through sand and stone

Red Hill, wedgetail country
murray cod, yellowbelly, kangaroo
Red Hill wedgetail country
where the hills become awash
with a flood of sulphur crested cockatoo

suspended in the clouds
our river valley home

Red Hill, wedgetail country
magpie, crow, currawong
Red Hill wedgetail country
a flutter of wing from the travelling bogong

Ngunnawal Song*

 Yuma Dhawura nguna, dhawura Ngunnawal.
Yanggu ngalawiri, dhunimanyin Ngunnawalwari dhawurawari.
Nginggada Dindi dhawura Ngunnawalbun yindjumaralidjinyin.
Gunna yerrabi yanggu murra bidgee mullangari

 

*Special thanks to Aunty Violet for her consultation and contribution.


CGS CHORALE, CGS CHOIR & CGS CHAMBER CHOIR

Cello: James Monro (CGS 2011) | Conductor: Craig Woodland | Piano: Dr Anthony Smith
Resonance – D Walker

Resonance


Amid the flowering dogwood trees,
And light-strewn tessellations
Concealed by bird and insect tones
A whispered groundswell rises

From deep within the rough-hewn stone
A fundamental, deep and clear
Nurtured by so many hearts
Drawing closer, drawing near.

Echoed by those who walked these halls,
Whose tread we feel under our own,
In this space we now are one,
We call, and the walls call in return

With fierce and focused energy
This passacaglia now rages,
Composed by many unseen hands,
On many unseen pages,

Forged into one great song,
And heard from within the earth.
Rising just like a well spring.

From deep within the rough-hewn stone
A fundamental, deep, and clear
Nurtured by so many hearts
Drawing closer, drawing near.

And when all is silent
Moments of truth are heard,
Sensed in quiet solitude,
This timeless resonance.


PERFORMANCES BY

CHRISTOPHER PIDCOCK

Acclaimed Canberra-born cellist and CP PRODUCTIONS director, Christopher Pidcock, enjoys a diverse career playing as a soloist, chamber musician and orchestral musician. Stalwart in contributing to the evolution of contemporary classical music, Christopher has worked with composers such as Georges Lentz, Alan Holley, Jon Rose, Hollis Taylor, Alex Pozniak, Celeste Oram, Kim Cunio, Mary Finsterer, Ross Edwards, Peter Sculthorpe and Steve Mackey, as well as several young and emerging composers.

Christopher has performed as part of the Euro Arts Festival in Wuppertal, the International Music Institute in Darmstadt, as well as recitals in New York, Leipzig, Chicago, Tel Aviv and Moscow. Christopher’s awards include 2007 Gisborne International Music Competition (New Zealand) 1st prize, a Churchill Fellowship in 2008, the 2009 Nelson Meers Foundation Scholarship at the Sydney Eisteddfod, and Semi-finalist in the 2010 ABC YPA.

Christopher received his BM in Tasmania under Christian Wojtowicz, his MM under Uzi Wiesel in Sydney, and his Concert Exam with Hans Jørgen Jensen at Northwestern University, where he was also a member of the Civic Orchestra of Chicago, working with Yo-Yo Ma and Riccardo Muti. Christopher became a full member of the Sydney Symphony Orchestra in 2013, which has fostered his love for contemporary music, especially under the artistic leadership of their chief conductor, David Robertson.

Christopher is a co-founding member of Sydney Piano Trio, with pianist/composer Jocelyn Ho, and is also the co-founder of a series in Sydney called Opus Now, which currently explores relationships between the Beethoven string quartets and contemporary music.

Christopher is a doctoral candidate at the University of Sydney, focusing on 19th century German romantic performance techniques and applying these to the late Beethoven cello sonatas.

Christopher is passionate about bringing together musicians and composers in Australia, to further strengthen (and reflect upon) our collective Austral musical language.


AARON CHEW

Aaron is currently a fourth-year PhD candidate at the Australian National University School of Music and a Visiting Music Teacher (VMT) at Canberra Grammar School. He studied under Emeritus Professor Larry Sitsky AO, Kotaro Nagano and Wendy Lorenz. His dissertation focuses on the pianism of Italian-German pianist, Ferruccio Busoni, and how his idiosyncratic interpretations of a selection of piano recordings propagate insightful and meaningful ways of piano playing. He submitted his PhD thesis in late February 2022.

Aaron was the recipient of many awards and scholarships during his secondary education at Canberra Grammar School (e.g. John Barrett and Tim Murray Music Scholarships, Summa Cum Laude Medal) and his tertiary years at the Australian National University (ANU). These include: First Prize Winner and joint-People’s Choice Prize of the Whitworth Roach Classical Music Competition (2017) and the Margaret Smiles Accompaniment Prize (2013, 2015), a University Medal for his Master of Music (Advanced) studies, and the Dennis Griffin National Piano Masters Scholarship. He was also a recipient of the Australian Grant Research Training Program Stipend Scholarship for his PhD.

In 2016 and 2018, Aaron was invited to perform in the Canberra International Music Festival as a Young Artist. He recorded a CD of Larry Sitsky’s Piano Sonata No.4 ‘Sufi Path’, received a grant from the ANU Friends of the School of Music and was offered a work-study scholarship from the Golandsky Institute to participate and perform in the 2016 Summer Symposium in Princeton University, USA. In October 2019, Aaron embarked on a 3-week PhD research trip to Stanford University, to access the Larry Sitsky Piano Roll Catalogue Collection.

In 2021, Aaron returned to Canberra Grammar School to teach as a VMT, sharing his passion and philosophy of music teaching with others. He also runs a busy private studio in Pearce.

 

 

 

 

 

 


LIAM BUDGE

Since releasing his debut jazz album to critical acclaim and a four star review in The Australian, Liam has continued to establish himself as one of Australia’s leading vocalists and song-writers. In 2014 Liam relocated to New York City to begin working on new musical ventures and projects. During this year Liam recorded and played with New York City’s finest musicians including Chad Lefkowitz-Brown, Kris Bowers & Brad Williams. Liam also studied under Grammy-Winning Jazz Vocalist Kurt Elling.

Most recently Liam launched his jazz project “Creswick” and released a self-titled Debut EP in 2018. This EP featured guitarist Nir Felder (John Mayer, Chaka Khan) and saxophonist Troy Roberts (Van Morrison, Jeff Tain Watts). Written about the Syrian refugee crisis, this work combined a modern jazz approach with lyrical story-telling. Liam has performed on many of New York’s finest and storied stages, including Blue Note Jazz Club, Jazz at the Lincoln Center, The Bitter End and Rockwood Music Hall.

Liam has won several awards and recognitions including the Australia Arts Council’s ArtStart Scholarship, James Morrison Generations in Jazz Award and two ARTSACT scholarships.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 



MARKO SEVER

The Australian organist, Marko Sever, has emerged as a powerful presence in the organ world. Equally at home in the concert hall and in the liturgy, his virtuosic performances have taken him to some of the most prestigious venues across Europe and Australasia.

Marko has recently returned to his home country of Australia, having spent six years working and studying in London, gaining experience at the highest level of the English Cathedral tradition. His time in the UK concluded with two years at Westminster Cathedral, where he regularly accompanied and directed the famed Cathedral Choir. While at the Cathedral, he recorded his debut CD, Symphonie-Passion, on the Cathedral’s world-famous Grand Organ, considered the crowning achievement of Henry Willis III.

A graduate of the Royal Academy of Music in London, Marko gained his master’s degree in Organ Performance studying the organ with David Titterington and Gerard Brooks, as well as choral conducting with Patrick Russill. He has received further tuition from Colin Walsh, Martin Baker, and David Cassan.

A prizewinning Fellow of the Royal College of Organists, Marko’s repertoire spans five centuries of the finest music written for the organ.

 

 

 

 

 


CHELSEA BONANNO

Chelsea has always had a flair for music and is considered a virtuoso for performing in many forms. With eclectic ability, Chelsea has performed in a range of musical genres such as opera, musical theatre, 80’s rock and contemporary ballads whilst accompanying herself on the piano. Chelsea has played the piano since aged 6, the guitar since aged 13 and has used her voice as an instrument (her favourite instrument) for as long as she has been able to talk!

In her student years at CGS, Chelsea has played numerous lead roles in Grammar’s performing arts and music department. Securing the role of Jenny Lind, “The Swedish Nightingale” , in Grammar’s 2015 production of Barnum (2015) led to Chelsea being selected to play the lead role of Mabel from Pirates Of Penzance, performed at the Playhouse in 2018. Additionally, Chelsea was a proud participant in house music events including lead singer of her Rock band and several public performances at various events.

Now residing in Sydney, Chelsea is currently studying Musical Theatre at the Australian Institute of Music in Sydney. She continues to frequently perform at various gigs and is currently collaborating with an array of talented artists to pursue the release of her original material. Chelsea is assuring to pursue her dreams of music making the stage her forever home.

 

 

 

 



COMISSIONED ARTISTS

 

DAN WALKER

Dan has written music for the Sydney Symphony Orchestra, Queensland Symphony Orchestra, Australian Chamber Orchestra, Gondwana Choirs, Leichardt Espresso Chorus and Halcyon. As a performer, Dan is a member of the professional vocal ensemble ‘The Consort of Melbourne’, Sydney-based Cantillation, and Pinchgut Opera. He is a guest performer with The Song Company and was a founding member of early music ensemble ‘The Parson’s Affayre’.  He is a keenly sought-after conductor, appearing as chorus-master for the Sydney and Melbourne Symphony Choruses, and is Artistic Director of Choristry and Habeas Chorus, the choir for the Melbourne legal community. In Canberra, he is  Music Director of the Canberra Choral Society, Oriana Chamber Choir, Luminescence Chamber Singers as well as the Canberra Community Chorale.

ETHAN BELL

Ethan is a Wallabalooa man from the Ngunawal Nation. He is an emerging artist and student based in Campbelltown, Sydney. Ethan’s practice is storytelling, drawing from his love of hip-hop. Ethan writes poetry in hopes to give insight into his life.

 

TIM GRAY

Timothy Gray is a Gumbayngirr/ Wiradjuri/ Bidjigal man born in Macksville on the Mid North Coast of NSW. Timothy is an accomplished singer/songwriter and has released 2 CDs with his 7 piece Reggae fusion band called Green Hand Band and Timothy is also a composer of classical music and is on the Board of Tribal Warrior Corporation. Timothy first joined Tribal Warrior in 2006 and became a qualified deckhand. Tim also has his own show on Koori Radio called Social Change. Timothy is on The Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Advisory Panel of City of Sydney.