Music Blog Week 6 | Preshil
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Music Blog Week 6

By March 13, 2015 Blogs, Music Media Art Drama

The Song Club has begun rehearsing and is developing into another amazing band. The group gets together at lunchtime on Wednesdays and always welcomes any new comers. Catherine Wood works with the musicians and guides them in the music that they choose to learn.

Jemima, in the 8s and 9s at Arlington, has won the opportunity to work with a professional band and perform at the Banyule Twilight Sounds Music Festival on 21 March. She is the youngest performer to be awarded this opportunity and would love your support. Go down to Sills Bend, Warringal Parklands on Beverley Road, Heidelberg on 21 March at 5.30pm and hear Jemima sing! Congratulations Jemima!!

AUSTA (Australian String Teachers Association) has asked our resident violin teacher, Atilla Kuti, to direct the Gypsy Band for their upcoming World Music Fiesta. If you are a string player and interested in the world of gypsy music, celtic music or rock strings, then come along and join in with other musicians from around Victoria.

The day runs from 12.30 – 4.15pm with a concert to finish the experience. All the musicians directing and tutoring are experts in their field. For more information contact Karen Kyriakou at: or on 0417 052 677.


Catherine Wood
Catherine has 20 years teaching experience in a variety of settings, including Victoria University, Wesley College and privately in her own studio. Catherine believes that music is about expression and that every individual has a unique expression. She sees her role as creating a nurturing environment that supports and allows that expression to flourish.

Catherine is a Melbourne-based freelance musician and teacher currently playing keyboards in the hit show Strictly Ballroom at Melbourne’s Regent theatre. She lived in London for seven years and toured extensively and performed on UK television shows such as Top of the Pops, CD UK, The Royal Variety Show and The X-Factor. While in London Catherine performed in the West End in shows such as We Will Rock You, Saturday Night Fever, Mamma Mia and on Jersey Boys, for which she was an original London cast member.

Through her extensive television work as a member of the house bands for New Faces, In Melbourne Tonight and regular appearances with the Hey Hey It’s Saturday band, Catherine has backed many artists including John Farnham, Tom Jones, Hugh Jackman, Shirley Bassey, Thelma Houston and Tommy Emmanuel. Catherine also loves to write her own music and has had her original compositions featured on Good Morning Australia, Sale of the Century and Hey Hey It’s Saturday.

Catherine brings warmth, friendliness and a love of music to her teaching. She encourages her students to explore the world of piano playing and composition. Catherine is very excited to be joining the Preshil music team.

I hope that you all have the opportunity to meet Catherine and hear her wonderful playing.

If you can sing it you can play it! – This week’s practice tip encourages you to sing. If you can sing the section you are trying to play, then you will be able to play it. Go on, give it a try!

Song Pop – If you love to play games and test your knowledge of music then this app is for you; play against others or just try your luck, this addictive free game is fun to play. Give it a go and try it!

Catherine Wood (Piano/Keyboard)
Strictly Ballroom (Music Theatre)
Her Majesties Theatre, Melbourne

Atilla Kuti (Violin)
Friday 13 March 8.00pm
RAAH Project Cd Launch (a fusion of classical, electronica, hip hop and jazz)
Playhouse Theatre, Arts Centre, Melbourne

Ben Carr (Woodwind & Phil Collings on Drums)
Ben Carr Trio (modern jazz)
Sunday 15 March 8.00pm
Open Studio, Northcote

Karoline Kuti (Cello)
Whole Lotta Love, Led Zeppelin Celebration
Friday 20 March 7.30pm
Geelong Performing Arts Centre

Karoline Kuti (Cello)
Whole Lotta Love, Led Zeppelin Celebration
Saturday 21 March 7.30pm
Palais Theatre, St Kilda

Atilla Kuti (Violin)
AUSTA World Music Fiesta
Sunday 22 March 12.30 – 4.00pm
University High, Carlton

Ben Carr (Woodwind & Phil Collings on Drums)
Ben Carr Trio (modern jazz)
Wednesday 25 March 8.00pm
Open Studio, Northcote

Vance Joy (Rock & Pop)
Friday 13 March 7.00pm
Palais Theatre, St Kilda

Hollow Everdaze (Pop)
Friday 13 March 7.00pm
Mynt Lounge, Werribee

Brunswick Street Music Festival
Sunday 1 March – Sunday 15 March
Brunswick Street Music Festival

Cosmo (Rock and Pop)
Saturday 14 March
Little Oliver, Fitzroy

Twilight Sounds (Soul) FREE GIG
Saturday 21 March 5.30pm
Sils Bend, Heidelberg

The Beards
Saturday 21 March 7.00pm
The Hi-Fi Bar, Melbourne

Dan Sultan (Rock and Pop)
Saturday 21 March 7.00pm
The National Theatre, St Kilda

Ben Smith (Folk) FREE GIG
Saturday 21 March 8.30pm
The Drunken Poet, West Melbourne