Captivate Strings Chamber Music Concert – 2013





On Sunday November 10th, 2013, The Captivate String Orchestra presented their 2nd annual Chamber Music Concert along with our inspirational Captivate Staff Chamber Orchestra.

The Captivate String Orchestra was established just 2 1/2 years ago at a holiday orchestra workshop held at St Andrew’s Primary School – Marayong. Along the way, we have had held our annual strings showcase in June and the first Chamber Music Concert at St Finbar’s last year, also in November.

Here is a video clip of Daniel Katafono (Captivate Scholarship Student) performing the 1st Movement of the Haydn Violin Concerto in G Major with our Staff Chamber Orchestra at the Chamber Music Concert last year – November 2012.

staff photo 2The end of year Chamber Music Concert is becoming an annual event  to celebrate our students’ achievements in music learning and performance. We also celebrate the work of our great team of dedicated teachers.

The String Things program is currently implemented across 12 Catholic Primary Schools and 2 Catholic Secondary Schools in the Diocese of Parramatta, Western Sydney. It is an inclusive program, providing an immersion experience in a ‘class orchestra’ within the classroom music program across all 12 primary schools and pathways to extended learning through our own team of specialist teachers using our own String Things method and resources.

The Penrith/Mountains Captivate String Orchestra performing Mama Mia

The Blacktown Captivate String Orchestra performing Winter, 1st Movement from the Four Seasons – Soloist, Daniel Katafono

St Andrew’s Primary School Chamber Orchestra – ‘You Can Count On Me’

And lastly, Our very talented Staff Chamber Orchestra performing the Czardas – Soloist Andras Racz

Music for next year will be distributed in the next few weeks along with the online instructional video. We will be working on Jesu Joy of Man’s Desiring by J.S. Bach – the full version and also Themes From the Moldau by Smetana. This music is a step higher and much more challenging than we have previously played. Students should listen to the MP3 tracks and watch the instructional video for their part and practise, practise practise. Then, we will have much to celebrate at the end of year Chamber Concert at St Finbar’s in 2014.

Here is the video score of Themes from the Moldau by Smetana – arr. Phil Rooke

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Captivate Screen Shot

The Strings Things Teaching Program including original music,
musical arrangements and media are authored, composed,arranged
& produced by Phil Rooke and published by
Catholic Education, Diocese of Parramatta © 2009 All rights reserved


About captivatestrings

Phil Rooke is a Teacher Educator, specializing in Music Education for the Catholic Education Office - Diocese of Parramatta, authoring & implementing teaching programs and leading music learning across a system of 78 schools in Western Sydney. "I am on a learning journey to find and invent better ways to motivate students and teachers in music making."
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