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Trinity News : July 2008
THE FESTIVAL OF THE ARTS 2008 A PARFAIT OF DELIGHT One of my favourite desserts when I was a lad, and one which Mum reserved for special occasions— was the Parfait—that delicious combination of jelly, fruit, custard and cream served in a tall glass. At Trinity, the performing and visual arts are rather like such a dish. We have layer upon layer of performances in drama, art and music, offering week by week a constant abundance of wonderful experiences to those who partake thereof. But then there are the special occasions, when the best of such performances are presented. This year, there was a degree of layering in the presentation of the artistic achievement in the School. The performances Godspell and Our Country’s Good, displaying the talents of the drama students and the Choir and reviewed in full elsewhere in this News took place a few weeks before the Music Department set forth its wares in a series of Gala Concerts, smaller ensemble groups, and the Soloists Competition Finals. The Visual Arts will enjoy their time in the sun next term in a series of exhibitions at the Delmar Gallery and there will be a specific Primary Festival in August. More layers in this term’s parfait of delights included the fireside readings by the winners of the Gary Catalano Writing Competition, the showing of the final entries in the International Film Festival and lunchtime band performances by both visiting groups and our own boys, while a visiting magician attracted much interest. Tricks of the Trade, a workshop in Physical theatre, and Rock in Schools, a music workshop, were further offerings during the Festival. With regard to the concerts—the Symphonic Bands Gala on June 4 and the Orchestral and Choral Gala on June11, the standard of performance was breathtaking, and many, many a moment of real musical pleasure was experienced by the audiences. Nor was this any less noticeable in the Chamber groups and Organist concerts on June 10. The standard of the soloists in the final of their competition was also very highly praised by the adjudicators. The Kindy Proms on June 6 were a delight, as the MC, Mr Philip Pratt led the kiddies on an entertaining musical adventure with the Orchestra, with much hands-on activity by the excited youngsters who entered whole- heartedly into the experience! Giving to our Festival Parfait a final tasty layer of crushed nuts and marshmallow was the Battle of the Bands where hard rock music and the lyricism of the Blues combined to form a magnificent finale to the Festival, the battle being won by the group Flavour. Our pleased thanks, admiration and congratulations go to those whose efforts in bringing together the different layers of the Festival, under the watchful eye of Director of the Arts Mr Kell Daniels, gave us so many moments of delight. | Ron Ogier TRINITY NEWS 5