The 2021 Garland Music Festival attracted more than 300 individual Hale School musicians, including 190 Junior School students performing in the Junior School festival on Friday 6 August and over 130 Year 7 to 12 students performing in the Middle and Senior School Festival on Sunday 9 August.
Inaugurated in 1978 by Lady Lyn Garland and Sir Victor Garland, the intent of the Garland Music Festival was to offer all boys the opportunity to perform. The festival has since developed into a prestigious event in the annual music calendar, giving all Hale students the opportunity to perform in friendly competition with their peers. It is also a great opportunity for our musicians to watch each other perform and be provided with feedback from external adjudicators who are professional musicians and highly respected educators.
It was fantastic to see so many parents and friends around the John Inverarity Music and Drama Centre supporting their sons and enjoying the variety of music. With over 320 items performed throughout the festival, the event is an excellent reflection on our dynamic and enthusiastic music community.
Following the festival performances, the Finals Concert was held on the evening of Wednesday 11 August. This concert featured winners from each Senior School section and finalists from Junior and Middle Schools. Lady Lyn Garland had the task of selecting the overall Garland Prize winners.
Junior School finalists
Jinnry Zhuang (Year 5) piano
Seth Cheah (Year 5) violin and xylophone
Nathaniel Gregory (Year 5) violin
Junior School String Quartet – Seth Cheah, Nathaniel Gregory, Zachary Madan and Jinnry Zhuang
Middle School finalists
Aidan Ross (Year 8) voice
Cayden Yong (Year 8) piano
Oliver Porzig (Year 8) double bass
Senior School finalists
Hale Woodwind Cup – Daniel Setiawan (Year 9) alto saxophone
Sutherland-Roberts Guitar Cup – Jay Lagana (Year 12) electric guitar
Gladstones Piano Cup – Isaac Leong (Year 11) piano
Harvey Brass Cup – Michael Dowden (Year 10) euphonium
Hale String Shield – Ryan Wu (Year 9) cello
Hale Percussion Shield – Jeremy Thavaseelan (Year 10) marimba
Clarke Choral Cup – Apurva Muwanwella (Year 9) voice
Barlow Ensemble Shield – Isaac Leong (Year 11) piano and Kaining Wang (Year 11) piano
Jazz Ensemble Shield – Edward Drake (Year 12) guitar, Mahir Zakharia (Year 11) guitar and Liam Scott (Year 10) guitar
Contemporary Ensemble Shield – Ben Thomson (Year 11), Matthew Leverington (Year 11), Matthew Beattie (Year 11) and Liam Scott (Year 10)
Junior School Garland Music Prize 2021
Winner: Jinnry Zhuang (Year 5) piano
Middle School Garland Music Prize 2021
Winner: Aidan Ross (Year 8) voice
Senior School Garland Music Prize for 2021
Winner: Apurva Muwanwella (Year 9) Voice
Friends of Hale Music Encouragement Award for 2021
Winner: Junior School String Quartet