As the HSC music students of Snowy Mountains Grammar School (SMGS) prepare for their final assessments, they gathered on Thursday night to run through their material.
James Richards, Madi Davis, Karlo Levak and Nick Tugwell have been working hard to get their pieces ready for when the HSC markers come in three weeks time. Each student performed their complete program, each displaying their diverse talent, covering many genres and musical styles.
The students have been preparing their pieces during the course of their HSC year, and music is one of the first subjects to have final HSC marks completed, far before any last exams are thought about.
James Richards wowed the audience with four pieces, including the Ozzy Osborne classic 'Crazy Train' and Australian metal band Parkway Drive's 'Five Months' .
A sublime voice was showcased by Madi Davis performing an acapella cover of the Kimbra song 'Settle Down' and the Duke Ellington stable 'Ain't Got Nothing But the Blues', accompanied by only double bass.
Karlo Levak impressed with the Gordon Goodwin big band piece 'Sing Sang Sung' and also the complex Red Hot Chilli Peppers number 'Ethiopia'. Resident saxophonist Nick Tugwell blew the audience (pun intended) with a mellow and soothing program but also one of his own compositions 'World Wind' that takes the audience through music of other countries.
The Year 12s were well supported by their junior peers, with many of the 9, 10 and 11 musicians helping out with accompaniments on voice and instruments, providing them with some fantastic performance experience.
Congratulations to everybody who performed and good luck to Year 12 as you finish your preparations.
- Tom Collett