Back to Corio - SAVE Concert

A highlight of Back to Corio on Sunday 30 March will be a special reunion SAVE (Students Against the Violation of the Environment) Concert.

The first SAVE Concert was held in the old Jennings Hall in 1991 to raise money for the environment. It was a wonderful, impromptu celebration of music at GGS. Since then, SAVE Concerts have become an integral part of school life at Corio, inspiring so many students to perform and express themsleves in a creative and supportive environment.

We have invited some of our OGG musicians to return Back to Corio and perform for the reunion concert. The concert will have all of the hallmarks of our regular SAVE Concerts, capturing that fantastic spontaneous feel that we all loved.


Rebecca Barnard (Cl’78)
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In 2006 Rebecca released her first solo album Fortified to critical acclaim. In 2009 she received a grant from Vic Rocks, part of Vic Arts and headed to New York to record her album Everlasting with jazz musician Barney McAll. Rebecca is a regular TV guest on SBS’s Rockwiz and the ABC’s Spicks and Specks. She also appeared regularly on ABC radio 774 co-hosting with Derek Guille and up until last year was a regular on 3RRR’s The Word with Tracee Huchinson. Rebecca is currently writing her next album.

Fin Bradley (P'08)
Homes is the latest offering from old mates and musical collaborators Fin Bradley and friends. Having spent the bulk of their musical careers playing together, Fin and Henry have embarked on a new project to create something that combines their mutual appreciation of disco and soul with the vintage sounds of 1960’s rock n’ roll. After writing an extensive repertoire together, the pair approached friends Jack Davies, Billy Van Duuren and Max Dowling to complete the band on bass, drums and saxophone.
The band recently released their debut single, ‘Best Disguise’, which combines a ‘midera Beatles sense of fun with a harddriving piano based riff, and attitude which demands your attention. Punchy brass lines and vintage drum machines create an innovative blend of old and new to produce a very strong debut single.

Tiffany Eckhardt (Fr'85)
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Tiffany has established a solid reputation as one of Australia’s finest singers and songwriters, her acoustic style is the essence of her art, which remains verbal. Her debut album was 'Looking For Signs' and following this, her song "Think About You" from her second album also received a lot of attention and radio airplay across the country. Tiffany has received numerous awards for her song writing and has established herself as a favorite performer on the East Coasts Folk Music and Grass Roots Festivals & Events, touring widely and gaining a large following. Tiffany will play a couple of pieces with partner Dave Steele at the Back to Corio SAVE Concert.

Pru Illingworth (Yr12 A)
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Pru Illingworth is a Year 12, Allen House student and is a passionate musician and songwriter. At the recent Geelong Grammar School House Music Competion, Pru won the category Best Original Composition.She began songwriting at the age of 8 and enjoys studying all varieties of music including, classical, contemporary and musical theatre. In 2012 Pru went to Los Angeles on an intensive musical immersion programme and in 2013 she sang the national anthem for the Melbourne Marathon. Pru plays in the VCE jazz band and hopes to continue studying music in the future.

Jeremy Koren (FB'02)
Starting his music career under the moniker Jeremedy in much-loved Melbourne beat experimentalists The Melodics, Jeremy’s style has snowballed over the past five years, evolving into what is now Grey Ghost.  Starting with a Hip-Hop base but bringing in elements of Indie Pop, Post-Punk and Bowie, Grey Ghost was first unveiled with the 2011 EP, Space Ambassador. Making an impact on the festival circuit, with a pivotal performance at the Byron Bay Bluesfest where he was singled out by festival director Peter Noble, Grey Ghost found his fan-base on the road, and his band continued to find their strengths as a result. Still hitting the studio with his favourite producers, but by this time able to road-test new material with his band, Grey Ghost accumulated a bank of new songs throughout the year, which would take shape as his next EP, The Elixir

Rolf Koren (FB'79) with son Leif Koren (FB'11)
During the 15 years (1998 - 2012) of teaching percussion and Music performance at Timbertop Campus Rolf has composed many songs relating to the unique aspects of life at that extraordinary place. There is the Timbertop Blues, The Timbertop Rap, The Timbertop Reggae and so on, all with a comedic bent and all designed to give his drum students something different to perform in that great Timbertop institution, Morning Chapel.  Rolf will perform two songs, 'The Slushies Song' and 'I Don't Wanna Wake Up' referring to particular aspects of the hectic daily schedule students enjoy during that unforgettable year. Joining Rolf on stage will be his son Leif (FB'11) and his well known and highly respected songwriter & arranger and close colleague for all those years at Timbertop, Mr Liam Bradley, his son, Fin Bradley (P'08) is also playing at the SAVE concert.

Carmen King (Fraser, Cl’03)
In 2009 Carmen released her own, self-written album Silhouette, had a top 20 Country Charts single and a top 10 single and her video also charted in the top 20. Triple J Unearthed profile described Carmen by saying she “..has the ability to hold an audience captive with her distinctively unique voice and the way she conveys emotion through her songs…. Audiences and industry professionals alike agree Fraser is an undeniable force to be reckoned with.”

Taylor Rettke (A'10)
Taylor's musical accomplishments began in 2006 when he won the 'Trinity Silver Medal' for the best piano examination result in Victoria (grades 6-8). Taylor began studying contemporary piano in 2007 and began songwriting in 2009, signing a recording contract with Medici Studios. In 2009 Taylor travelled to New York on Geelong Grammar's Peter Anderton Award, electing to volunteer teaching music in underprivileged schools in Harlem. Taylor is currently the pianist and lead singer of band 'The Club' and is continuing to write and produce solo music.

Evan Xia (FB'13)
Evan Xia (FB’13) was the GGS Music Captain in 2013. Evan is a saxophonist who is part of the Melbourne Youth Wind Symphony and plays Alto 1 and Soprano Saxophone. He currently studies under the guidance of the renowned composer and saxophone player Mr. Barry Cockcroft. He has won many awards in numerous Eisteddfods, the winner of the Powercor Star Search competition in 2012 and also won the regional section of the Australian Youth Classical Music Competition in 2013. Evan also loves playing the piano.

Ed Yang (Cu'12)
Edward entered Geelong Grammar in 2007 as classically trained pianist and violinist. Through the unique experiences and guidance given to him by Geelong Grammar, Ed came to see music beyond the pages. Given the music Captaincy in 2012, social and charity acts involving music led him to appreciate music in its simplest form. In September 2013 Ed was accepted into Berklee College of Music, Boston to study film composition. Ed's mentors Jodie Townsend and Yesim Atila are amongst many others that have supported his musical endeavours.  

Bookings: Bookings are now closed. Ground passes can be bought from the registration tent on the day. $35 per person (children under 12 free). There are no more meals available to be purchased for the day so please BYO picnic.