Australian Honours Ensemble Program accepts high performing BDC student

Every year for the past 3 years, Bishop Druitt College music students have entered the Australian Honours Ensemble Program (AHEP). A program that runs annually at Griffith University during the October school holidays. Students complete a video audition as part of the application process before being selected. BDC has had successful students selected to be a part of this program. 

Felix Hughes-Chivers has successfully gained a position in the 2020 AHEP program.

Imogen Daymond, Tilly Howard, Safia Hughes-Chivers, Marisol Taylor, and Ben Wall have all been placed on a waiting list for the second round of offers. The AHEP is a program where successful students participate in tutorials and masterclasses from university music tutors as well as participate in ensemble rehearsals and a mass concert at the end of the program.

Felix Hughes-Chivers said, ‘I'm excited to be selected in AHEP in Brisbane in October. I’ve done the program for the last two years and it’s been really fun. There are lots of other kids who love music from all around Australia. I’m in the strings orchestra and I look forward to finding out what music we will be playing. We'll practice as a whole group and in sectionals and also do master classes. The conductors are great. On the last day we’ll be performing a concert at the QLD Conservatorium, which will be really fun!’. 

Felix is a valuable member of Highly Strung the Senior Chamber String Consort here at Bishop Druitt College. He is also in other ensembles at BDC as well as the Coffs Harbour Conservatorium. It is wonderful to see Felix receive recognition in the greater Australian Music Community, for the passion and hard work that he puts into his music. Congratulations from all of us for getting accepted for the Australian Honours Ensemble Program.’ Sandra Smith, Acting Head of Performing Arts.