A night to remember

The largest and most ambitious GPS music extravaganza ever - the GPS Centenary Music Showcase - delighted students and audience members alike last night, with a truly magnificent performance at the Queensland Performing Arts Centre.

Record-breaking crowds of well over one thousand guests enjoyed the four hundred and fifty exceptional student musicians in Concert Band, Symphony Orchestra and Choir ensembles. 

His Excellency the Honourable Paul de Jersey AC, Governor of Queensland joined parents, friends and VIP guests at the magnificent Centenary celebration. The Governor shared his delight at the incredible standard of music and the wonderful spirit of fellowship shown by the talented students and staff.

The Churchie Chamber Strings Ensemble opened the event in style, followed by the GPS Concert Band, conducted by Dr Peter Morris of the Queensland Conservatorium of Music. The Band gave the audience a high-energy treat for the senses with their performances of Chaos Theory by Jim Bonney.

The event also featured Carl Orff’s hugely popular work, Carmina Burana, conducted by Maestro Andrew Mogrelia, performed by a massed choir of almost 300 voices and an orchestra of 100 players. 

The whole spectacular event was the culmination of a day of music-making and inspiration from more than one hundred talented teachers and professional musicians. The tireless preparation of students, teachers, ensemble managers, concert producers, audio visual staff and so many others made it a truly memorable team effort and an example of the magic that happens when the GPS spirit of fellowship is embraced. 

The Association is enormously fortunate to have the talents of so many inspirational and dedicated staff, tutors and professional musicians who have contributed enormously to the Centenary Music Showcase and the musical development of students.

The Showcase was a truly special opportunity to celebrate one hundred years of the extraordinary spirit of fellowship of Great Public Schools’ Association of Queensland and the spirit that makes it 100 years strong.  

Unsurprisingly, the GPS Music Program has helped nurture some of Australia’s best musicians including our very own Julius Lynch (2017) and Alexander Voltz (2016), and, through its ongoing music program, looks forward to continuing to nurture the passion and talent of Australia’s future musicians – but just as importantly, encouraging a love for the gift of music in each one of the 4,800 students who participates in music at GPS schools, every year.