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GALLERY: Hunter ensembles showcase talented students


More than 150 students from throughout the region demonstrated a multitude of talents at the recent Hunter Ensembles Showcase.

The inaugural event, which coincided with the Hunter Schools Art Collection, took place at the Newcastle Conservatorium, featuring pupils from the Newcastle, Hunter, Lake Macquarie, Central Coast and Port Stephens areas.

The gifted youngsters, representing NSW Department of Education primary and secondary schools, came together to form the Hunter Wind Ensemble, Hunter Singers, Hunter Trebles and Primary Wind Ensembles.

Each performed for a packed audience of 350 in the Newcastle Conservatorium’s Harold Lobb Concert Hall, while the artworks – created by students from Kindergarten to Year 11 – were exhibited in the foyer.

The Hunter Wind Ensemble, open to public school pupils in Years 5 to 12 in the Regional North Directorate, took to the stage to present Traffic, Cry of the Last Unicorn, Abracadabra and Folk Song Suite.

It provides an engaging and supportive environment for musicians to develop their skills while performing some exciting repertoire.

Membership is open to all talented woodwind, brass and percussion players, with those from Years 6 to 11 invited to apply for an audition.

Hunter Trebles entertained the crowd with Naughty and Some Days, while Hunter Singers did likewise with Sanctus, The Three Snake Leaves, Reverie and The Six Swans.

The two groups then joined forces for an outstanding version of Glorious.

Hunter Singers and Hunter Trebles is a vibrant regional choir organisation based in Newcastle.

It’s dedicated to nurturing and developing young voices and promoting Australian choral music.

Hunter Singers features students from public high schools (Years 7 to 12) in the Hunter, while members of the Hunter Trebles (Years 4 to 6) are drawn from local public primary schools.

The Primary Wind Ensemble, which performed Happy, Bunyip Blues, Counting Stars, Celtic Air and Dance, and Roar, is for youngsters who currently do not have access, or its limited, to a band at their own schools.

It targets talent development for pupils from Years 3 to 6 who have had a minimum of 12 months of lessons… and are familiar with the workings of their instruments.

Meanwhile, the Hunter Schools Art Collection is an assemblage of student artworks from Newcastle, Lake Macquarie, Maitland and Port Stephens for exhibition at selected NSW Department of Education events – such as the Hunter Dance Festival, Hunter Drama Festival, Choralfest, Bandfest, Star Struck and the Hunter Ensembles Showcase – in the region.

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