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“Telling Beautiful Things to the Heart”Our annual Concert is almost on us and as our students and teachers prepare for the night of Friday August 24th at The Concourse, here is my introduction to the Program as a taste of why we do it…
Music is the divine way to tell beautiful, poetic things to the heart.
The legendary cellist Pablo Casals was on to something. Our lives need beauty, and poetry, to fulfil and enrich us, and to make meaning out of the myriad of what life brings us.
How do we build meaningful lives, how do we make meaning from all that comes to us in life? How do prepare our students to live and to love, in the deepest and broadest sense?
Music is one of the greatest of ways. We may not play at the highest standard nor appreciate the greatest of musical complexities. But we all need the flow, the harmony, the rhythm, the ineffable inner place where some melodies can take us. Just to be part of a choir, an ensemble or an orchestra should be a fundamental part of every child’s education, establishing a connection with the world of music that can then take root and flourish throughout the rest of life as a living form within us.
So it’s a great pleasure to be introducing the 2018 Glenaeon School Concert to you. As always, our program is a balanced blend of style, genre and scale and showcases the musical talents of our students and the quality of the music program in the school.
I congratulate our Music Department and particularly our Faculty Coordinator Christian Lillicrap making a welcome return after some years away, and Dimiti Allchin, new to our school this year, for the work involved in bringing this concert together, including the many extra hours of rehearsal and organisation.
All the instrumental tutors have worked solidly to prepare their students, and the teachers of Class 5 and 6 and Years 7 to 11 have made sacrifices and put in extra time in helping organise the massed ranks of Glenaeon’s choral and instrumental forces.
Thank you also to those providing behind the scenes support: Evan Sanders as tonight’s Stage Manager, and Liz Nevieve, Director of Studies, have handled the detailed logistics admirably, and Liza Lillicrap has provided much needed musical and organisational support.
To all our students in the concert, your teachers and parents say thank you for the work, dedication and extra effort you have put into preparing for tonight’s event. May the music live for you tonight, and as Pablo Casals put it so nicely, may the music say beautiful, poetic things to your hearts.