Ensembles from all over the Adelaide Hills!
Scroll over the photos below for more information and contact details for each of these talented groups.

The Carols Big Band

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The Carols Big Band is made up of players from the Mt Barker Big Band together with selected guest musicians. Rehearsals for this event start in around late August with the band coming together with the singers and other performers during November leading upto the performance. For further information please check out the Mt Barker Big Band Facebook page and the Mt Barker District Concert Band website.

Heathfield Renegades

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The Heathfield Renegades formed in November 2009. They have since taken their unique, dynamic style of drumming to hundreds of thousands of people. Most notably, they have led the Port Adelaide FC 'March from the Mall' in the 2014-2016 AFL seasons, featured in a Jimmy Barnes film clip, performed in the WOMADelaide Parades and Credit Union Christmas Pageant, and have been broadcast live on TV as half-time entertainment at the Dome. In the words of FOX Sports NBL commentator Steve Carfino, "that's the reason my kids never played the drums."

St Francis de Sales - JazZone & Musaic

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Led by choir captain Nathan, JazZone is the St Francis de Sales College Senior Jazz Vocal Ensemble. Directed by the College R-12 Music Teacher, Bec Page, and made up of students from Years 7-12, JazZone rehearses multiple times per week in the lead-up to the Generations in Jazz Festival in Mount Gambier in May, and throughout the year, performing for audiences both within and outside of the College.

Musaic is St Francis de Sales open senior choir. Led in 2021 by Tilly, this three-part ensemble is made up of students from Years 7-12 and sings contemporary pieces and worship songs. Also led by Bec Page, this enthusiastic and committed ensemble meets weekly. Many members of this choir also feature in St Francis de Sales College’s JazZone Vocal Ensemble.

St Francis de Sales - VoCo

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VoCo is our advanced small vocal ensemble, made up of students from Years 10-12. Led by Captain Max Maher, and directed by R-12 Music teacher Bec Page, this ensemble has sung in up to five vocal parts, and often acappella. A number of these multi-talented musicians also sing and play in our other ensembles.


Adelaide Hills Vocational College

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Drawing upon the combined talents of music students from across the Adelaide Hills, these talented musicians have had a tremendous year of performances during 2021. Including the official opening of the Summit Recreation complex to the Belvidere 100-year anniversary, Adelaide Hills Council Represent 2.0 Youth festival and the Voc @ the Gov Hotel 2021 Showcase. Each concert has seen a professional level of performance achieved including corporate repertoire and superb entertainment song lists presented by three bands. This year we combine the talents of the students into one ensemble for the Mt. Barker Carols. Students from the Certificate III and IV Music Industry courses and Year 11 & 12 SACE Music from the Vocational College have combined to recreate three classic child focussed contemporary children’s carol songs.


“Run Run Rudolph” features a classic early rock style with that unmistaken Chuck Berry 50’s style signature chord progression. “Go Santa Go” and” Here Come the Reindeer” are two of the Wiggles most recognisable Christmas songs for children. Featuring carefully crafted melodic lines interspersed with rock motifs the Wiggles experience is enhanced with the exuberant Wiggles choreography accompanying the songs.

Mt Barker High School Vocal Ensemble

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Mount Barker High School is proud of our students of the arts. Those with a passionate interest in singing are given the opportunity to perform in the school vocal ensemble for a range of events throughout the year. 2021 was another year of challenges and our students rose to these with kindness, respect and joy for music. With a halt for singing practice for two terms, our vocal ensemble is bouncing to perform at the Mt Barker Carols event for 2021. The group is a proud and inclusive team of students from a range of year levels and bring a balance of diverse timbres to the ears. We invite the community to enjoy as we celebrate the year that was and look forward to the positive energy that 2022 will bring. The ensemble is directed by teacher and singer/songwriter, Adele Liebelt together with our music teacher, Brendan Fitzgerald as coordinator and accompanist.

Somethin' Else

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Somethin' Else is a Jazz vocal group from Cornerstone. They are an audition based senior ensemble with students from Year 10-12 and they rehearse once a week. The name Somethin’ Else, a Cannonball Adderley classic album, reflects the group’s Jazz influence as well as their aspiration to present enjoyable repertoire, a passion for music and a little …Somethin’ Else. 

 

This is their debut performance in this format, and they are excited about sharing their voices with you. Somethin' Else will be conducted by Ms Sophie Zerner and accompanied by Anthony Janus, Simona Sumerling and Andrew Landon. Tonight they are performing the traditional hymn “Oh Holy Night” and “This Christmas” with words and music by Donny Hathaway and Nadine McKinnor and arranged by Mark Brymer.