It has been a big week of performances with 14 performances in 10 days at Royal South Street Competition. Royal South Street is Australia’s oldest and longest running eisteddfod, it has seen over one million aspiring singers, dancers, orators, writers, musicians and composers pass through its doors – including the likes of Dame Nellie Melba, Dame Kiri Te Kanawa, Joan Kirner, Andrew Olle, Alfred Deakin, Anthony Calleas and many more.

Blackburn has a tradition of excellent results at Royal South Street and this year was no exception:

Junior String Orchestra – 1st place

Intermediate Big Band – 1st place

Senior Jazz Orchestra – 1st place

Senior Flute Ensemble – 1st place

Senior Flute Ensemble – 1st place

Jazz Combo 1 – 1st place

Symphony Orchestra – North East Symphony Orchestra (Blackburn and Eltham Combined) – 1st place


Junior Band – 2nd place

Symphonic Band – 2nd place


Junior Big Band – 3rd place

Jazz Combo 2 – 3rd place

Senior String Orchestra – 3rd place


Guitar Ensemble – Highly Commended

Concert Band – Honourable Mention

Flute Quintet – Honourable Mention

Peter Martin Award – Sam Ondaatje


Blackburn is  proud of continuing the tradition of excellence of music ensemble performance as noted by others through the awards given,  however more importantly we appreciate the process of learning and musical awareness that  occurs in ongoing rehearsals throughout the year, with Royal South Street being a point of summation of the progress so far.

The written and spoken feedback given to the staff and students  enables both to reflect upon their work and offers  them the opportunity to hear in different ways.  Our teachers have the opportunity to do this, so do the students as we replay performances and get their perspectives and thoughts about the experience.

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