Musicians blossom

By Ashleigh Fielding | posted on September 28, 2019

PROUD-as-punch music teacher Neville Talbot could not be more excited to share the recent successes of a large group of Albany, Denmark and Mount Barker music students on both the local and national stage.

Last month, North Albany and Albany Senior High School students combined their talents to compete in the 2019 Australian Band and Orchestra Directors Association Annual Senior Bands Festival in Perth.

Thousands of students from across regional and metropolitan WA competed and Albany shone like a bright night sky.

“The group achieved an ‘outstanding’ rating, the highest-possible rating from the festival,” Mr Talbot said.

“This is the first ‘outstanding’ received by an Albany band for some time and a marker of all the hard work the students have done across the year.

“I am so proud of what they’ve achieved, and as such a young group, the future looks very bright indeed.”

Further from that, 20 students from Denmark, Mt Barker and Albany were handpicked to perform in a chorus for Opera Australia’s production Madama Butterfly when it came to Albany recently.

Mr Talbot prepared the chorus and said the number of students auditioning was larger than previous years.

“These young people were chosen for their singing ability, their focus and their willingness to work hard,” he said.

“They demonstrated this yet again, and Albany and the Great Southern can continue to be hugely proud of our local young musicians.”