Always one of the year’s most popular social events, the 2018 St Hilda’s Music Night was a night of good times and quality on stage performances.
Organised by four student conveners – Jaryd Rumler, Dom Nguyen, Isabella Mahoney O’Donnell and Brianna Ekberg – Music Night comprises a formal dinner interspersed with a number of musical acts.
Click on the link below to watch highlights from the night.
This year’s performances exemplified the level of quality musical and singing talent among the current student cohort, each act receiving rapturous applause from their peers.
Ekberg, who is undertaking a Bachelor of Music at the University of Melbourne and sang a duet on the night with Alex Gorbatov, said after her experience of Music Night last year, it was something she wanted to get involved in.
“Music is something I’m really passionate about and being a convener is a really good way to get experience in getting acts organised, doing sound check and compiling all of the gear needed for the night,” said Ekberg.
“As part of our responsibility as conveners, we choose acts out of the people who have signalled an interest to perform on the night and then there’s always a final band at the end which involves more people and is a chance for everyone to get up and dance.
Ekberg was pleasantly impressed and surprised by the level of musical talent at College who put their hand up to be involved.
"This year there were a lot more people with musical abilities so they were really fun to work with," said Ekberg.
"Sometimes when you talk to an amateur musician, they can really downplay their musical ability, so being able to hear them play live is such a rewarding experience!"
Performance is a way for someone to express themselves and by being up in front of an audience, is also possibly a sizeable step out of their comfort zone. For Ekberg, she loves the emotion and buzz that comes from being on stage and believes there is a genuine appreciation from students watching their fellow students give something a go.
"Last year I sang a song by myself and I knew I’d get some kind of reaction, but it was phenomenal and people genuinely seemed to appreciate it," said Ekberg.
"There’s just something about being on stage that gives you an adrenalin boost, especially when the crowd is responsive and liking what you’re doing."
"I think a big part of the night for all of the students is just having the chance to listen to people perform. They know they can sing or play a certain instrument to actually see them do it is totally different.
"Overall we were really happy with how the night went and I think everyone enjoyed themselves."
Morgan Fawcett and Joshua Zhang were the Masters of Ceremonies for the evening.
Click here to check out a photo gallery from the night.
St Hilda’s Music Night 2018
Fur Elise piano duet – Thomas Keiller and Andrew Neilson
Anything you can do I can do (Annie get your gun) – Brianna Ekberg and Alex Gorbatov
Hallelujah (Leonard Cohen) – Isabella Mahoney O’Donnell and Kira Lanciana
Cello solo – Eamonn Shorter
Original piece (Mitch Anderson) – Mitch Anderson and Mel Molko
I dreamed a dream (Les Misérables) – Lucy Burbury, Lily Collins and Amy Liu
Isn’t she lovely (Stevie Wonder) – Mitch Priestly
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