More than 75 talented musicians received their Associate in Music, Australia (AMusA) and Licentiate in Music, Australia (LMusA) diplomas at the AMEB Diploma Concert before a capacity audience at Griffith University Queensland Conservatorium earlier this year.
The concert opened with a heart-warming performance from the children from the Gold Coast-based Yugambeh Youth Choir, which has partnered with AMEB to help preserve Indigenous language through song.
The first Diploma performer was the talented Grace Kruger, AMEB’s first-ever Percussion AMusA who wowed the capacity audience with her beautiful rendition of Schmitt’s Ghanaia Solo for Marimba. Grace was on home ground, as a first-year student at the Queensland Conservatorium.
Daniel Sun You, a Grade 12 St Peters Lutheran College student, stunned the crowd with his performance of Walton’s Concerto for Viola and Orchestra. Recent Queensland Conservatorium graduate Mark Connors, who is making a name as a fine local accompanist, impressed the audience with his performance of Brahms’s Rhapsody in E flat. Violinist Julius Lynch, who earlier this year placed second in the Queensland Symphony Orchestra’s English Family Prize, received a standing ovation for his resounding performance of the Saint-Saens’s Concerto No. 3 in B minor.
For the first time in its history, AMEB was proud to feature a performance by a Rockschool diplomate. Harry Cross, AMEB Queensland’s first Rockschool diploma recipient, closed the concert performing his own original music with his band A Short Term Effect.
Pre-concert entertainment featured the Citisym Quartet — four talented current and former Brisbane Girls Grammar School students who received their AMusA Quartet diploma on the night.
Nearly 19,000 people sit AMEB exams across Queensland each year. Associate and Licentiate level candidates must perform at concert standard and are assessed by a panel of esteemed examiners. The qualification is recognised and respected worldwide.
AMEB thanks the Queensland Conservatorium Griffith University for its generous support for the evening.