Padua Top Class Play the Melbourne Recital Centre

Eleven of the top VCE groups in the state performed on Tuesday evening (6 March) at the Melbourne Recital Centre as part of the VCAA’s Top Class Season of Excellence. Three of our Padua students were invited to perform.

It went something like this:
There was a quiet sense of anticipation in the audience as the concert began. Parents, students and friends from around the state were there to either support their friends or see ‘the best of the best’ show how it’s done.
As each act stepped out into the spotlight to show off their outstanding skills there was certainly a sense of nervousness on their faces until…
“GOOD EVENING MELBOURNE!” Yes, the Padua boys hit the stage. Wearing their 70’s inspired velvet jackets, zebra stripped shirts and anything else that could make them distinctive from the rest, they began with a beatbox solo from Sava Santoreneos that received its own round of enthusiastic applause. This led into the very stylistic ‘Sly Fox’ featuring Ethan Taylor’s terrific melodic and creative keyboard skills. Jack Mannock owned the stage, strutting around like a rock god on a mission laying down a solid funk groove.
These guys are performers, and perform they did. At the end of their set the crowd roared, even the conservative compares said ‘it won’t be long until we see those guys in a real arena’.
Well done, you made us all very proud.


Mark Mannock
Director of Music/Performing Arts LAL