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Catholic College Sale Musical Soiree

28 May, 2015

A treat was in store for the more than 100 people who attended the inaugural Catholic College Sale Musical Soiree held at Our Lady of Sion Chapel at Catholic College Sale recently. The event marked the launch of a year of celebrations commemorating the College’s 125th anniversary.

“It was a wonderful afternoon of Classical and Contemporary music which began with a tremendous Trumpet fanfare from Brad Cruickshank” said Mrs Bek Warner, co-Head of Music at the College. Ms Warner said that the afternoon took guests on a musical adventure through the centuries in the company of great artists such as Bach, Mozart, Pachelbel, Mendelssohn and Granados.

Many guests, including three Sisters of Sion, travelled from as far as Melbourne to enjoy the musical afternoon presented by the College and featuring artists who included current and past students and staff. The program also featured a variety of performances by students who have honed their skills through the accomplished music program offered at the College. With more than 100 students enrolled in music lessons covering 17 different instruments, the soiree was as diverse and delightful as our young performers who shared their passion for music.

Guests were entertained by a cross section of musical and vocal performances which included well-known local, past student and member of the Australian Opera Scholars, Shakira Dugan. Shakira is a gifted operatic artist who wowed audiences with her emotive rendition of ’Lied der mignon’ and ’La maja dolorosa’ by Granados - which resonated around the walls of the fabulous old building.

As well as an afternoon to enjoy the sights and sounds in the grandeur of this historic building, the Soiree was a fundraising event. The College is working to restore the Sion Chapel to its former glory. A substantial financial investment has already been made by the College and generous donors in late 2013, when Catholic College Sale worked with the Melbourne University Arts Department to restore Our Lady’s Niche in the Chapel.

Deputy Principal for Catholic Identity and Community at Catholic College Sale, Mr Peter Centra is co-ordinating the restoration project. “We take the responsibility of care of our historic buildings very seriously,” he said. “We are the custodians of these beautiful buildings and it is important for us to respect and protect our heritage for generations to come.”

Works will continue this week with the beginning of the painting of the chapel which will be a major and time consuming undertaking. The College hopes to have the chapel restored to its full glory by the weekend of the 7th & 8th November when they will be continuing their 125 years celebrations with an Open House at Sion.


 CCS Strings                  

CCS Strings: L-R: Hannah Robbins, Ms Ann Roffe, Alli Orr and Serena Lees

Musical afternoon in the Sion Chapel         

Musical afternoon at Sion Chapel

Sion Sisters  

Sion Sisters Sr. Angela Bayliss, Sr. Patricia Watson and Sr. Lauraine Bryce