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Cyril Tyler Opening Concert and Celebrations


The Cyril Tyler Auditorium opened to much excitement and fanfare on Saturday, 11 September. The Opening was attended by the project's donors and their guests, representatives of the builder and architect, members of the School Board and P&C Executive Committee, Perth Modern staff, Education Department special guests and Modernians.

The concert featured the Symphony Orchestra, Wind Orchestra and Combined Choirs and a special dance performance inspired by Alice in Wonderland. Speeches were made by Principal Lois Joll, Board Chair Dr Ken Michael and Patron Malcolm McCusker. It was especially spectacular when all the orchestra students and members of the choirs performed onstage together for the finale.

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Here are some of the comments on the concert and/or auditorium received by concert attendees


‘The new auditorium is exquisite and the students were beyond outstanding.’ - Danielle West

‘I just wanted to let you know how much I enjoyed the opening ceremony on Saturday. Would you please pass on my thanks and congratulations to Lois Joll and all the staff members involved in the event? The students were exemplary in their organisation and music making. I particularly loved the final items with all the choirs on stage. A truly memorable day.’ - Annette Mercer

‘The concert was dazzling. Lois, you are a hero. Your people performed brilliantly, under pressure. It was an outstanding success, all round.’ - Julian Grill

‘Thankful for all your organisation. From our point of view the concert and opening were a massive success. Hope from yours as well.’ - Lawrence and Annemarie Dembo

‘I was blown away by the quality of your students (not surprising given your pedigree… but honestly, they were exceptional), as I was by the acoustics. I recall looking at a student with a triangle, and hearing every note they were playing over the whole orchestra on stage. That was a special moment for me, and very relieving!’ - Will Thomson, Site Architectural Studio

‘The acoustics are absolutely fantastic, wow! Everything sounds incredibly clear and beautiful. I think it is now Perth's best venue, especially for the size.' - Neil Coy, Musical Director

Thank you to everyone who has donated to the auditorium or supported the project in any way – we couldn’t have done it without you!

‘Take a Seat’ and be remembered forever…. Limited Seat Plaque Opportunities are still available


Parents and other members of the school community are invited to contribute to the final finishing touches of the auditorium including a props store, more lighting, art work and landscaping and be acknowledged by the school with a Seat Plaque. Please contact the Finance Office if you would like to take part on (08) 9392 6843.

All donations to the Perth Modern School Foundation Building Fund are tax deductible.

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