Class Act on 2MBS Fine Music Sydney – showcasing young local musicians.

2MBS FineMusic Sydney is committed to promoting Australian musicians, with a focus on the young. This Saturday afternoon special exemplifies that commitment.

In schools across NSW, there is an abundance of new musical talent on the rise. In orchestral ensembles, solo acts, string quartets and more, these young musicians are honing and perfecting musical skills that will be a cherished companion in their life’s journey.

Whether you’re a classical aficionado or just like to unwind, check out these young musicians in their approach to excellence.

Sunday 31st December. The December 2023 edition of ‘Class Act’ includes contributions from Barker College, Hunter’s Hill High, and Kambala. We’ll hear new works by student composers, and a commemorative piece commissioned by PLC Sydney from Australian composer Ella Macens and given its world premiere at the Concert Hall of the Sydney Opera House. We’ll hear choral, solo and chamber works, we’ll hear young musicians making music, and young musicians in the making.

‘Class Act’ – now concluding another successful year of broadcasting on 2MBS, Fine Music, Sydney.

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Saturday 30th September. The September 2023 edition of ‘Class Act’ includes works by several student composers. We hear contributions from Hornsby Girls High School, Kambala, SCEGGS Darlinghurst, and the MLC School, Sydney. There are also performances of works by Liszt, Poulenc, Prokofiev, Ravel, and Sigmund Romberg.

These recordings are of students who are moving towards mastery. There can be no doubt of their enthusiasm, nor their striving in quest of making fine music, with the devoted guidance of their mentors.

Saturday 29th July. The July 2023 edition of Class Act includes music for solo piano, saxophone, symphonic orchestra, wind band, and choral singers. We hear performances from our regular contributors: St Joseph’s College, The Presbyterian Ladies College, Fort Street High School, MLC School Sydney, and we welcome to our program young music-makers from Sydney Technical High School. 
We’ll hear works by Schubert, Bach, Billy Strayhorn, Eric Whitacre, and more.

Saturday 29th April, Something Old and Something New. We’ve selected some of the outstanding pieces previously broadcast, some not heard before, and some new compositions by student composers.
Schools taking part are The Presbyterian Ladies College Sydney, St. Joseph’s College, Fort Street High School, and we welcome our newcomer, MLC School, Sydney. We’ll hear music by Beethoven, Bach, Chopin and Kodaly. Contemporary works by Luke Byrne, and Nathan Daughtrey. Some jazz, and some popular song. We’ll also hear two works by student composers Ruby Scott-Wishart and Emma Mahant.
Young musicians, making music. Young musicians, in the making.

Saturday 31st December, Class Act featured a broad selection of previously unaired performances from the students at Fort Street High School; Presbyterian Ladies’ College, Sydney; St Joseph’s College; and Winmalee High School. We’ll hear vocal music, choral music, symphonic music, music for big band and for wind band.

We’ll hear contemporary classical works, something from the concert hall repertoire, something from the world of musical theatre, and some jazz standards. Listen to the fine playing of young musicians moving towards that mastery that is vital for the making of the fine music we admire.

Saturday 29th October, Class Act showcased another group of emerging musicians, this episode from Presbyterian Ladies’ College, Sydney; Winmalee High School; Fort Street High School; and St Joseph’s College. Listen up for the delightful mix of soloists, vocalists and vocal ensembles, jazz bands and orchestras, orchestras, and concert and symphony orchestras.
Curated and presented by Stephen Gard.

Saturday 30th April, Class Act showcased some of the finest young musicians. This was the first of the series of one-hour programs, with performances from Sydney Conservatorium High School, Symphonia Jubilate, Knox Grammar, and Northern Beaches Secondary College (Manly Campus). Curated and presented by Jeannie McInnes and Christina McGuiness.