Music at the Gala

IMG_20160403_130913955Another successful Gladstone Gala and another demonstration that music is happening at Gladstone!

IMG_20160403_125658339The Glad Tones sang, the violin group fiddled, the piano was tinkled, and we even had a special guest, Chris O’Connor (Gladstone father) wowing the crowds with the drum kit….and surrounding railings and floor!

Thank you to all those who performed this year. I’m looking forward to even more next year!

Miss Wells


A Gladstone Musician gets National recognition!

hook line sing along 2015Each year MENZA (Music Education New Zealand/Aotearoa) and the Music Commission run a competition called Hook, Line, & Sing-a-long for school students to write a song.

We sometimes sing a song, ‘Paradise’, at assembly. This was the winning song in 2013 by Waimarie Smith.

This year the winners were Hannah Milo and Ella Dale from Ellerslie School, for their song “We Are Aotearoa”.

Also this year are 8 songs chosen to receive a distinction and among them…..our very own Sylvia Douglas with “Birds”!

We are very proud of this talented young musician and look forward to seeing and hearing more compositions!


Kids of Note – international level choir course

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I’m very excited to share this with you! I will be going to the Young Direction course and will see you there if you join this choir course.  -Miss Wells

Kids of Note is an intensive (and fun!) four-day course for young singers, aged 9 to 14, who enjoy singing and can match pitch (sing in tune). Organised by the NZCF Association of Choral Directors, Kids of Notewill be directed by children’s choral specialist, Elise Bradley, and the singers will develop a wide range of skills in a safe and secure environment. Moira Clarke is the Kids of Note coordinator and is responsible for the choir management and care of the singers. As a member of Kids of Note, singers will:

    • enhance their musical skills
    • attain a high level of artistic excellence in choral performance
    • perform music from other languages and cultures
    • develop leadership and social skills
    • gain confidence
    • learn to be part of a team
    • enjoy new experiences
    • make new friends

Each day begins at 9.30am with a full day of coaching in singing, musical activities, full rehearsals and sectionals until 4.30pm. Staff will be on site from 8.30am for any parents who need to drop off their child early, and Vanessa Kay will lead an hour of musical games until 5.30pm to enable late pick-up from the venue. Kids of Note will conclude with a free public concert on Thursday 14 July from 3.30 to 4.00pm.

Fees and accommodation
The fee for the four-day course is $130 and there are a limited number of bursaries for those in financial need. As numbers are limited, not all applications may be accepted if the course is fully subscribed. Homestays can be arranged by the Kids of Note Coordinator for some of the out-of-town participants for the duration of the course. Auckland hosts will be paid $60 per child that they host, which will be collected in addition to the registration fee.


Opera in Schools presents….

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I am very excited to offer your Year 3 or 4 child the opportunity to come to the school hall on Tuesday 22nd March to see a 45 minute performance of Donizetti’s “The Elixir of Love’ performed by young opera singers from New Zealand Opera. They bring with them a set designed to pack down or up in 45 minutes and fit in the back of a van! (it looks awesome, I’ve already seen it!)

If you would like your child to attend, please complete the form below and give, with $5, to your classroom teacher. This performance is for Years 3 and 4 only.

WHERE: School Hall              WHEN: 2 pm, Tuesday 22nd March    COST: $5


Please complete and sign THIS FORM and hand in WITH payment in to your classroom teacher.

Watch the time-lapse video created by last year’s Opera in Schools team….


KIWI KAPERS 2016….it’s coming!

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The Kiwi Kapers concert is happening again this year and, again, it’s get in quick if you want to come along.

November 22nd is a long way away, but the tickets sell out very fast. Get your form and money in before Friday 11th March to make sure you have a seat to this fabulously beautiful and entertaining performance by the Auckland Philharmonia Orchestra!

CLICK HERE to find out more. Permission forms will be sent out this Thursday by your class teacher.

APO’s Little Singer opportunity

If you are between 8 and 12 years old and love to sing, this might just be the perfect thing for you!

Applications due by 5pm on Monday 29th February

The Auckland Philharmonia Orchestra has joined forces with the New Zealand Opera to offer an unforgettable singing experience for up to ten young students.

Ten ‘Little Singers’ will be selected to take part in a singing workshop with Joanne Cole (Head of Education at the NZ Opera) and Stuart Maunder (General Director of NZ Opera).

One winner and one runner up will have the chance to sing the beautiful Pokarekare Ana with the Auckland Philharmonia Orchestra at our APO 4 Kids concerts on 2nd and 3rd April at the Auckland Town Hall and the Bruce Mason Centre respectively

To find out more about these concerts, please go to our website.

To apply, please fill out the application form (you can get one from Miss Wells too) and prepare a short recording of yourself singing Pokarekare Ana. This can be a DVD, an mp3 recording or a Youtube link.

Lyrics: Pokarekare ana


Glad Tones Begins Week 4

Glad Tones rehearsals will begin on Monday 22nd February.

Year 5 and 6 students who are interested, come to the music room after school with a 2nd brain snack, have a drink, go to the loo, and be ready at 3:15.

If you are not sure, come along and have a go. You can come along for the first couple of weeks before deciding to stay or not.

There will be NO REHEARSAL next Monday, 15th February


IMG_3838A huge congratulations to all the Year 5 and 6 students who performed today in our short version of Mozart’s ‘The Magic Flute’.

I hope you all enjoyed it as much as I did. I am very proud of the energy and effort everyone put into the programme and performance. I also hope that you find fun and enjoyment in this new world of opera and music that you have discovered!

All the best,

Miss Wells 🙂