2013 IMP Happenings
Written by Jeff Mallia
IMP Liason Officer
2013 has been a huge year from the HBHS Instrumental Music Program. Starting with our IMP band camp in March this year we combined our talents with Strathfield Girls School’s IMP which is also run by our IMP leader Tracey Burjan. This resulted in a really productive camp and a healthy and ongoing successful collaboration between the two schools music programs.
Apart from the Music camp which ended with an amazing concert performance, the IMP has played ( with SGHS) in performances for the Australian of the Year Tour of Honour held at SGHS, as well as being invited for a second year in a row playing for the TAFE Oten awards ceremony at Burwood RSL.
Last term culminated in an entertaining Creative and Performing Arts concert which featured amazing individual talent as well as orchestral performances supported again by our friends at SGHS.
This also marks the inaugural year for Symphonia Jubilate which is a symphony orchestra made up of students from public primary and secondary schools in the Strathfield education area. This orchestra rehearses twice a term with performances planned for later this year, featuring HBHS students in the up coming Granville Schools Spectacular at the Sydney Opera House in September.
Some of our talented students will also be performing in the Festival of Instrumental Music also to he held at the opera House over 4 nights in late August 2013.
Homebush Boys High School Instrumental Music Program 2013 Update
Both as Homebush Boys Orchestra and together with the combined schools orchestra of Symphonia Jubilate, the boys have had numerous opportunities to perform throughout the year.
Our year started out with a highly successful collaborative Music Camp which included students in the IMP of Strathfield Girls High School. This Camp set the
tone of excellence for performances that followed this year.
Our boys started the year being invited for the 2nd Burwood RSL.The orchestra has performed for School events like the Creative and Performing arts night, Multi Cultural Day and Year 12 farewell assembly. In combination with Strathfield Girls, we performed for the Australian of the year “Tour of Honour” at Strathfield Girls School in front of Australian of the Year Ita Buttrose as well as another performance for the 60th anniversary celebrations of that school.
With Symphonia Jubilate the boys performed for the following events;
• Granville Schools Spectacular at the Sydney Opera House
• The opening of the new Marie Bashir Public School in the presence of our Governor Her Excellency Professor Marie Bashir,
• The DEC Arts Unit “Forever Young” concert at the Sydney Town Hall where we provided orchestra backing for Kamahl
• The DEC “Directors Choice” Awards ceremony at the State Sports Centre at Homebush.
• Symphonia Jubilate's end of year Concert performance which was in attendance by all associated School Principals, as well as the Director of School Education for our region Mrs Veronica Kapsimali.
In all of these events Homebush Boys performed excellently both musically and in the way they represented their school.Still to come are a performance for the Burwood School band competition, Strathfield Carols in the Park and our own Presentation night. Considering the incredible improvement in performance standard this year, I am really looking forward to seeing how far the orchestra can go in the coming year!
As a participating parent along with Noel Alley and Steve Black it’s been fantastic to be involved this year. My thanks to Andrew Smith and Barb Gobel for their hard work and dedication to the orchestra throughout the year.