More than 200 students participate in the Burwood Ensemble Program (BEP). It is a prominent and popular co-curricular activity available at Burwood Girls High School.
The BEP enables students to:
learn musical instruments from top professional musicians
learn ensemble musicianship
participate in a vast array of small and large ensembles
perform at school, departmental and local community events. The Senior Band and Concert Band tour regional NSW each year on overnight excursions, performing for regional primary schools and aged care homes.
Junior Concert Band
Senior Concert Band
Junior and Senior String Ensembles
the Musettes - our contemporary acapella choir (originally formed by Patricia Amphlett)
Fluteloops flute choir
Percussion/Drum Line Ensemble
smaller groups as required
Core ensembles have regular weekly rehearsals. Rehearsal days and times vary each year but are generally held before school, at lunchtime or after school. Smaller groups rehearse when needed. Being part of the program means being responsible and attending all rehearsals.
The BEP is motivated by the school motto “Not for ourselves alone”. The community band and lesson program for primary students allows us to share our facilities and expertise for those in our local area.
Every year we host the Inner West Ensembles Festival, which brings together primary and secondary ensembles of all kinds from our surrounding area to play for each other and to be advised by an expert adjudicator.
Our concert bands and chamber ensembles play for local RSL clubs, including Anzac Day and memorial services, marching in the Sydney City, Ashfield and Burwood Anzac marches. The students also play for Department of Education events, Burwood Council citizenship ceremonies, memorials and festivals, and local events such as Seniors Week and charity fundraisers.
Joining the BEP
The program is open to all students in Years 7-12. There is a yearly membership fee. Other costs may include: instrument hire, band uniform and individual performance costs, for example bus hire for external venues.