The thirteen students travelled the 370 kilometres to Glen Innes with College staff members and a large contingent of parents. The Ensemble is directed by staff member Mrs Belinda Tucker.
The Ensemble performed to ‘full houses’ and their Saturday performance received a standing ovation. The students themselves as well as College staff members receiving many compliments about the Esemble’s talent, confident musicality and dedication to Celtic music.
Prior to the festival, the students were nominated for the ‘Best New Talent’ award in Australian Celtic Music. At the awards ceremony on Saturday night, they received the news that they had won this award! Villanova College can now boast the Best New Talent in Australian Celtic Music for 2015.
The College has over thirty performing ensembles including: Symphony Orchestra, String Orchestras, Concert Bands, Vocal Ensembles, Guitar Ensembles, Percussion Ensembles, Jazz Ensembles, Commercial (Contemporary) Ensembles, Liturgy Ensembles, and Chamber String, Woodwind, and Brass Ensembles.
Students are also involved in all aspects of stage performance in the biennial Musical co-produced by Villanova and Loreto Colleges. We have a Music Stage Crew, offering students training and experience in backstage and technical, lighting and sound issues.
A Villanova initiative begun twenty-four years ago has continued to win increasing kudos for Brisbane’s Augustinian college. The initiative is the annual Queensland Catholic Colleges and Schools Music Festival (described simply as QCMF). The Festival takes place on the final weekend of the Royal National Show (“Exhibition”) in Brisbane. It is the single-largest festival of its kind in Australia.