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National & State Honours for TGS Music Students

In an impressive feat for Toowoomba Grammar School’s Performing Arts Program, eleven of our students have been recognised at national or state level for their respective disciplines.

We are delighted to announce that Year 10 student, Ruben Fitton and Year 12 students Angus Mohr and Hamish Wells have been successful with their audition for the Australian Honours Ensemble Program. The highest level of achievement for the Honours program.

Ruben and Hamish have been selected for their outstanding vocal ability, while Angus has been recognised as a talented cellist.

The boys were amongst thousands of hopefuls from across Australia who auditioned for the program, with only just over 100 performers selected. To be eligible for selection vocalists must have an AMEB grade 4 or equivalent and instrumentalists must have reached AMEB grade 6 or above.

AHEP provides an intensive environment of musical excellence, with their peers, under the leadership of a team of internationally eminent Australian conductors.

This program will be held at the Queensland Conservatorium, Griffith University, from Wednesday, 29 September to Saturday, 2 October 2021.

AHEP is an extension of the extremely successful State Honours Ensemble Program (SHEP) which has been delivered in Queensland since 2001 and now includes nine regional, two South-East Queensland-based and one state-wide program.

TGS was proud to be represented in this State program by Year 12 students, Sean Bain (Viola) and James Crothers (Alto Saxophone) and Year 7 students, Nethul Manamperi (Clarinet) and Finlay Waring (Clarinet). Five boys were also elected for the SHEP Middle School SE Queensland program; Year 9 student, Isaac Constable (Double Bass), Year 7 students, Joshua Green (Cello), Finlay Waring (Clarinet) and Banjo Seaniger (Vocal) and Year 6 student, Praj Gupte (Vocal).

SHEP was held during the weekend of Friday, May 21 to Sunday, May 23 with these talented young musicians thrilled to have the opportunity to further develop their skills with 127 like-minded students from 20 schools across the Darling Downs and Western Queensland regions under the guidance of eminent conductors associated with Queensland Conservatorium: Jeanette Douglas – Wind Ensemble, Lisa Stevenson – String Ensemble and Joanne Wright – Vocal Ensemble, accompanied by Melissa Buchholz.

To have eleven students recognised at such a high level is testament to the dedication and expertise of music staff and tutors at Toowoomba Grammar School and the hard work and commitment displayed by our music students.