VCA Flute Ensemble Wins Competition
The newly reformed Victorian College of the Arts Flute Ensemble won the "Large Ensembles" section of the 16th Annual Victorian Flute Guild Competition. With a short program of Jindrich Feld's "Cassation" (for two piccs, 6 C Flutes and Alto), and a 'hot flashy' version of Tico, Tico (arr. by Trevor Wye) the VCA Flutes performed to their top abilities. With a wide and sensitive range of dynamics in the Feld, the ensemble used a refine awareness of intonation and timbral blend throughout the simple yet changing simple melody. The highpoint was the unison melody that Feld so cleverly uses towards the end of his composition to bring a heightened tension and unique flute colour to the piece. The Ensemble then turned their attention to light hearted speed, as they 'blazed' their way through the famous South American tune Tico, with great msuicianship and a high level of pure FUN! As their director for the last year, I felt honoured to stand in front of these most impressive young musicians, and thoughly enjoyed the look on their faces when the audience roared with enjoyment and encouragment at the end of their performance. I sincerely thank my colleague, Derek Jones, Head of Winds of the VCA College, Melbourne for the fine opportunity and motivation to work with such gifted and dedicated students. Look for the VCA Flutes at the Australian Flute Festival in Adelaide in October 2009, where they will premiere two new Australian compositions for Flute Ensemble. Of course, these works will feature the Low Flutes for sure. Works by: Dunleavy, Gilmour, Neville and Selleck.