High School Music Director Karen Carey, puts on a concert every two years at the Sydney Opera House. She insists upon a demanding repertoire, and the participation of all 1200 girls in the school. Not everyone share her passion.
At a Sydney girls School, Music Director Karen Carey prepares her young students for a concert at he Opera House. Believing in the trans-formative power of great music, Carey insists upon a Classical repertoire, sets a dauntingly high performance standard and requires the participation of every girl in the school. But not everyone shares her passion. Mrs Carey's Concert is about music making and coming of age, about talent and courage, compliance and rebellion. About those prepared to open their minds and hearts to what the world has to offer ... and those yet to discover the potential within. A feature documentary by Bob Connolly and Sophie RaymondWritten by
The focus of the movie is Mrs Carey who seems to spend most of her time focusing on the behaviour of the students and and how that impinges on her forthcoming concert. She resorts to threats, even to the point of almost dismissing a student from the concert at the last minute. The students themselves are supremely talented, but nothing is ever good enough for the teachers. One teacher is a composer and insists the student reproduce the emotion he felt when he composed the piece but without giving the student any clues or guidelines. The director has very cleverly shown how students are harshly treated and how very talented students are given little or no gratitude by teachers who should know better. The great violin performance towards the end of the documentary illustrates how off the mark the teachers were at the start of the documentary.
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