The Thistle - An E-Newsletter of Scotch College, Perth, Western Australia

Performing Arts

Performing Arts students have enjoyed a busy and successful month of performances, both here at the College and in the broader community.

Congratulations to all boys who performed in the Junior and Middle School Concert in Week 7. It is wonderful to see the progression of ensembles offered at Scotch College. Boys who begin their journey with the Junior Strings for example, are able to watch and listen to the Youth Chamber Ensemble to see where they should be striving to belong as they gain in experience. A special mention to Liam Newport (Year 10, Shearer) for his composition "Briser du Froid" which was performed by the Youth Chamber Ensemble. Liam composed this programmatic work for string orchestra as part of his IB Personal Project, which was an enormous task, but must have been extremely gratifying for him to hear upon its completion. What an amazing experience for a young musician to hear an orchestra perform your own work! Thank you to all staff who assisted on this evening as conductors, accompanists or mentors.

Scotch Vox members ventured to PLC to perform at an assembly as part of the Scotch/PLC Combined voices. This event capped a busy period for the ensemble after a string of recent performances.

Congratulations to Matthia Au (Year 11, Alexander) and Lachlan Hyndes (Year 9, Ross) who both completed their Suzuki Graduation recitals on cello. This concert was held on Sunday 11 June at Penrhos College.

The Senior Music Students' annual Quiz Night was held in MacKellar Hall on Friday 9 June. All students from Scotch and PLC had a fantastic time. The eventual winners were a group of Year 12 students who have gradually made their way up the leaders' board since they first attended in Year 9.

Ethan Lamb (Year 9, Ross) recently completed his 6th Grade Drumming exam through AMEB Rockschool, scoring 80%.

Under the direction of Ms Phebe Samson, our Junior School boys performed at this year's Independent Primary School Heads of Australia (IPSHA) Festival. Weeks of rehearsal culminated in two performances at the Perth Convention Centre on Tuesday 22 June.

Our senior Drama production of Dunsinane was a wonderful success. The cast and crew, led by Ms Sarah Combes performed to large and captivated audiences in four evening shows and one matinee in Week 8. Productions of this size require an enormous commitment from the students, staff and parents involved, so congratulations to all for a magnificent show.

The Combined Scotch/PLC Orchestra performed at the WA Schools' Orchestra Festival on Sunday 25 June. The orchestra have been working towards this event all term, and under the baton of Dr Alan Lourens, they delivered a very impressive performance. Results will be published in the next edition of the Thistle.

Thanks to all parents who continue to show their support of our Performing Arts programmes through their active involvement in our Friends' groups. If you would like to join either the Friends of Scotch Music (FOSM) or Pipe Band Parent Support Group, please let us know, or feel free to attend their next meeting.

Important dates for the Autumn Term calendar are:






Saturday 29 July

9.00am - 4.00pm

Scholarship Auditions

SS Room 61

Friday 4 August


Music Jazz Night

Dickinson Centre

Saturday 5 August


NAIDOC Concert

Dickinson Centre

Sunday 6 August


WA School's Jazz Festival


Wednesday 9 August


Con Brio Concert

Dickinson Centre

Saturday 12 August


Pipe Band 70th Anniversary Sundowner

Monday 14 August


FOSM Meeting

Senior School Music Department

Friday 25 August

9.00am - 12.00pm

Music Photo Day

MacKellar Hall

Saturday 26 August

All day

Aths Day

Monday 4 - Friday 8 September

Arts Week

Monday 4 September - Tuesday 5 September

All day

JS MS Music Festival & Music Camp

MacKellar Hall

Monday 4 September

7.00 - 9.00 pm

Combined Symphony Orchestra Rehearsal and Supper

Dickinson Centre

Friday 8 September


Senior Spring Concert

Dickinson Centre

Thursday 14 September


JS Music Strings Soiree

MacKellar Hall

Contact Details

The Instrumental Programme is administered by the Senior School Music Department and all queries should be directed to the Music Administrators, Julia Robinson (Monday to Wednesdays) and Donna Ranauro (Thursday and Fridays) via phone 9383 6841 or email

Alternately, please contact Mr Chris McMillan, Head of Performing Arts, via email or phone 9383 6842.

If you wish to become more involved in supporting the Music Department, please contact

Mr Chris McMillan
Head of Performing Arts