Music Notes

Rob Cooke | Director of Music

‘Viva la Musica’

‘Viva la musica’ roughly translated means ‘live music’ and there has been plenty of that going on in the last few of weeks of Term 3.

Senior Music Camp

Forty-seven boys worked very hard over the three day camp. It is interesting to note that each group rehearsed for over 11 hours and many of the boys who were in more than one ensemble were literally saturated with music making -and that is no bad thing I guess. However, there was some time to relax and socialise and once again the traditional touch football knockout competition was a big hit. Although a social game, the competition was fierce and Mr Cooke’s team finally won the comp despite him playing in the side!

Christmas in July High Tea featuring the Wieniawski Strings – Friday, July 28

The inaugural String High tea celebrating ‘Christmas in July’ was a complete sell out and an extremely successfully event. The concert was based around our Senior string ensemble the ‘Wieniawski Strings and was complemented by quartets, trios, and duets. The staff also got involved with their own quartet, heard here:

Thank you very much to AJ Kanamura and her team on the Friends of Music for organising the event. We look forward to seeing it return in 2018.

Term Three Showcase concert

Last week all our core ensembles performed our term 3 concert and what a lovely night of music making it was. Over 100 boys were involved and demonstrated that TSS music is going from strength to strength. I would like to thank the parents for their patronage on the night. Please feel free to bring friends and relatives along to the next one!

Gold Coast Eisteddfod

Next week marks the start of the Eisteddfod season and I know the boys in all the ensembles are looking forward to their performances. Please make an effort to come and hear them if possible, as I know they will really appreciate your support. Details of the performances are found below:

Eisteddfod Schedule for TSS Senior School – 2017

All sections at GCAC





 Day and Date  Transport and Time
Wieniawski Strings


Tuesday, August 15

(session starts at 4pm)

1st of 6


Bus departs TSS at  Parents to collect boys by 6pm from GCAC.


Senior Choir


Thursday, August 17

(session starts at 11am)

9th  of 9

Bus departs TSS at 10.35am and leaves GCAC at 1.15pm




Friday, August 18

(session starts at 2.30pm 4th  of 6

Bus departs TSS at 2 pm. Parents collect boys by 4pm
Acafellas Friday, August 18

(session starts at 7.30pm) 2nd of 5

Parents to have boys at GCAC by 7pm and to collect boys by 9.30pm
Grainger Band Wednesday, August 23

(session starts at 9am)

4th of 10

Bus departs TSS at 8.30am and leaves GCAC at 11am
Drumline Wednesday, August 23

(session starts at 11am)

3rd of 7

Bus departs TSS at 10.30am. Leaves GCAC at 12.30pm
Percussion Ensemble Wednesday, August 23

(session starts at 12.30pm – 8th of14

Bus departs TSS at 12pm. Parents to collect boys by 3.20pm
Concert Band Wednesday, August 23

(session starts at 3pm)

6th of7

Bus departs TSS at 2.30pm. Parents to collect boys by 5.20pm
Big Band Friday, August 25

(session starts at 11am) 7th of 7

Bus departs TSS at 10.45am and leaves GCAC at 1.20pm
Big Band 2 Friday, August 25

(session starts at 5.30pm) 11th of 12

Parents to have boys at GCAC by 5.30pm and collect from GCAC by 8pm
Please Note:  Boarders will be transported to and from venues  




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