Arts Showcase is an opportunity to see all our performance groups on stage in one night on Tuesday, 26 May. This is a dress rehearsal for many groups as they approach regional and national competitions and festivals over the following weeks.
Our three choirs: Chapel Choir, UpClose a Capella and the Junior Choir, sixty four girls in total, will present their repertoire for the Hawke’s Bay Regional Big Sing. This will include the premiere of ‘The Tree of Love’ composed by David Hamilton and commissioned by the Old Girls’ Association for the Chapel Choir.
Our winning group in the Regional Shakespeare Festival five minute student directed scene will present their scene from The Merchant of Venice.
A highlight will be an extract from our Stage Challenge group who are preparing for the regional competition at the Napier Municipal Theatre on 5 June. This is a moving interpretation of the reality of war and a tribute to the ANZACs.
Performances from curriculum Drama groups and Chamber music, as well as our winners from the Sea Week Poetry competition, will also feature.
It will be a feast of music and theatre and the public are most welcome.
Artist in Residence programme
Our music students and the wider Hawke’s Bay music community were entertained and educated by David Hamilton, nationally respected composer and choral director and our 2015 Artist in Residence.
As well as working with our three choirs David ran composition workshops for Woodford students and forty senior music students and their teachers from around Hawke’s Bay.
Local adult singers joined the Chapel Choir in a master class on choral techniques where they sang David’s composition, ‘In Flanders Fields’. This was a fabulous opportunity for the girls to sing with tenor and bass voices.
Everyone enjoyed David’s relaxed and supportive style of teaching and he was fulsome in his praise of the standard of singing and the Music department here.
Gillian Davies QSM, well known director of The Phantom of the Opera, Les Miserables and the Church Road Winery Shakespeare season came to Woodford to tutor our group going to the National Festival at Queen’s Birthday Weekend.
Gillian talked about where to find the passion behind the words and helped deconstruct the text giving each character individual insights.
She showed an interest in our group as the adjudicator at the Regional Festival where she picked the Woodford scene to go to the next level.
It was a privilege to host Gillian and the girls benefitted from listening to a Shakespeare expert.
The cheerful and efficient presence organising arts events this term is our new Arts Co-ordinator, Fiona Mackenzie.
Fiona is a Woodford old girl (nee Sutherland 1985-88) and a primary school teacher. She has stepped into a very busy term of arts activities to oversee and is already a lively addition to the SPART office. Welcome to the Woodford family Fiona!
Mrs Josephine Carpenter, Director of Performing Arts