Aldridge musos prepare for annual showcase

ALDRIDGE State High School will host the first of a series of music workshops this weekend as students begin to prepare for the annual Celebration of Music concert.

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The workshops will see more than 40 musicians mentoring students as they rehearse for the popular music showcase at the Brolga Theatre and Convention Centre on Sunday, 10 October.

The event features student bands, solo performers, choirs and a symphonic orchestra.

Aldridge Head of Music Adam Hodgkinson said the celebration would not disappoint.

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Mr Hodgkinson, a former Aldridge student himself, said the music celebration was one of the events he remembered fondly when looking back at his days at school.

With the number of students taking part and audience interest increasing, the event outgrew the Aldridge State High School premises several years ago and moved to the Brolga.

The 2021 installment is again expected to see hundreds of people pack into the theatre to enjoy the live music and performances.

“The event has been sold out for the past four years and it has really become something the school and community look forward to,” Mr Hodgkinson said.

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While the showcase in October is the main focus, the workshops leading up to the big day are equally as important.

“It’s great that the students get to meet and interact with professionals from the music industry,” said Mr Hodgkinson.

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Children who take part in the event include curriculum students as well as those who are just playing for recreational purposes

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Mr Hodgkinson said many of the students who get involved in the school’s music program eventually enter the industry as professionals.

“Having one-on-one sessions and workshops with professionals and also getting to perform at a theatre is a great learning experience for them,” he said.

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Mr Hodgkinson said the showcase’s reputation is well-respected within music circles.

The majority of the mentors who get involved are former Aldridge students and some travel significant distances to give back.

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“They see the value in the program and know how beneficial it is for the students taking part.”

Mr Hodgkinson said the school’s music program offered students a chance to explore their creative side.

“We have a really strong Creative Arts Department at the school and it shows in the quality of the productions that the children put on.”

For more information on the Celebration of Music concert, click here.

You can also learn more about Aldridge State High School and its music program by clicking through to the school website.

Celebration of Music Details:

  • Date: Sunday, 10 October 2021
  • Venue: Brolga Theatre and Convention Centre (Maryborough)
  • Tickets: $10

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