The Term I Concert and Scholars’ Concert relaunched the live Sydney Grammar School Concert Programme in 2021, albeit it with socially distanced performers and audience members. The winner of the instrumental section of the 2020 Form V Music Competition, Jun McPhee (VI) performed the Concerto for Clarinet by Artie Shaw accompanied by a jazz orchestra in the Term I Concert. Grammarpalooza saw one of the largest audiences it has attracted in recent years and once again raised a considerable amount of money for the Prefects’ charity. James Morrison returned to Grammar for another memorable concert in the John Vallance Hal.
Unfortunately, the sudden lockdown at the very end of the Term II ceased all rehearsals and concerts for the remainder of the school year.Many of our annual events were cancelled, leaving our Form VI boys without their traditional culminating musical activities such as their final concert, the HSC Recital and the Music Dinner. Nonetheless, we are very appreciative of the time and talent that they have demonstrated over their years at College Street.
Music classes, instrumental lessons and some rehearsals did continue, however, with online learning and rehearsing via Zoom (being the norm for most of the year). Boys participated in a series of Lockdown Lunchtime Concerts with video submissions and some ensembles managed some virtual performances. With singing and instrumental playing being regarded as some of the most dangerous activities a boy could do, our normally thriving Music Department was forced into somewhat of a hibernation for the remainder of 2021.