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OC hosts GuitarFest


GuitarFest is the vision of our Guitar specialist Mr Campbell Ross and 2017 saw the second annual festival take place over the weekend. The festival brought together guitarists from the local community, as well as our own students, where they were mentored and inspired by two outstanding professionals.

Performers, educators and composers,  Michael Fix and Anthony Garcia, were commissioned to work alongside aspiring, young musicians over the weekend and in only a matter of hours, they collectively learned, refined and then performed a series of works for Guitar Ensemble and featured vocals. 

One of the works presented was especially commissioned by Mr Ross and composed by Mr Garcia for the festival and featured vocalists including Darya Karavulava and Thomas Whyte. 

Michael Fix presented an absolutely amazing and entertaining solo set in the concert and a quintet of players featuring university students, Mr Garcia and Mr Fix mesmerised the audience with an original work by Mr Garcia. Student Thomas Whyte from Ormiston and a student from Sheldon College presented some solo items as well and the concert finished with a massed performance featuring all the musicians under the direction of Mr Ross. 

Congratulations to all the students involved in this special event and thank you to their families for supporting them with their attendance. A huge thank you to Mr Ross for all his hard work in bringing another successful Festival to fruition this year!

Emma Dron
Dean of Music

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