Music has always played a large role in school life at Mt Hawthorn Primary School. We recently received an archive request from a past student who was hoping that we still held an audio recording of a performance of the Mt Hawthorn Infants School Percussion Orchestra. Indeed there was a marvelous LP in our archive from 1961 which you can listen to here.
Here is what past pupils had to say about the recording:
“Memories of that time have faded a little, however I have collaborated on this piece with a school friend in the same year, Jeffrey Nugent, with whom I have maintained a long friendship to this day. Jeff and I actually met in Grade 3 at MHPS almost 53 years ago”.
“In 1961 Grade 3 teacher Mrs Stuart (Stewart?) taught her class to play music as a percussion orchestra. The piece they mastered was Sergei Prokofiev’s “Peter and the Wolf”. When it became obvious that the class could perform it very well another grade 3 teacher, Mr Day busied his class with acting out the story to the music, utilising a complete set that they had constructed. Several students from both classes volunteered to arrive early at school to help with painting the backdrop canvas. Even Miss Harbeck, the school’s Principal, got involved in helping complete the artwork”.
“Apart from various parent concerts at MHPS the school was invited to perform the production at His Majesty’s Theatre, at night, as part of an inter-school concert. It was a new experience for many of the boys in the orchestra to have to wear make-up for the big show. Later that year recording equipment was brought to the school and the performance was pressed on to an LP record”.
Jeff Nugent (Nannup) and John Maddison (Albany)