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Top Class

What is Top Class?

Top Class presents 11 concerts by outstanding VCE performing arts students who have completed VCE Music Performance, Music Investigation, Music Style and Composition, VCE VET Music Industry, VCE Dance, VCE VET Dance, VCE Drama and Theatre Studies. These include:

  • Top Class Sound (original compositions)
  • Top Class Music
  • Top Class Dance
  • Top Class Drama and Theatre Studies

Top Class 2022 dates

Top Class Dance  Friday 18 March 2022 at Melbourne Recital Centre

Top Class Sound  Friday 25 February 2022 Venue to be confirmed

Top Class Music  Tuesday 22 March 2022 at Melbourne Recital Centre

Top Class Drama and Theatre Studies  Monday 28 March and Tuesday 29 March 2022 at Playhouse, Arts Centre Melbourne

Selection process

Selection for all Top Class concerts is by invitation to audition, with the exception of Top Class Sound which is by application.

Top Class Sound

Top Class Sound features performances of original music works by students enrolled in Units 3 and 4 VCE Music Style and Composition, Music Performance, Music Investigation and VCE VET Music Industry (Performance). Only original compositions created or performed for a graded assessment task in 2020 will be considered.

Students of VCE Music Performance, Music Investigation and VCE VET Music Industry (Performance) must apply to be selected Top Class Sound, while VCE Music Style and Composition works will be selected from A or A+ Externally-assessed Tasks. The VCAA will then contact students to confirm that a high quality live performance of the work can be organised.

Top Class Music 

VCE Music Performance, Music Investigation, Music Style and Composition, and VCE VET Music Industry (Performance) students, for the first time, will be invited to audition for Top Class Music based on their performance examination score. Invitations to audition will be sent out in late-December. Auditions will be held in February 2021.

Top Class Dance, Drama and Theatre Studies

VCE Drama, Theatre Studies, Dance and VCE VET Dance students will be invited to audition for Top Class based on their performance examination score. Invitations to audition will be sent out in late-December. Auditions will be held in January 2021.



Top Class 2020

Drama and Theatre Studies Online

Demonstrating great commitment and generosity, 32 performers participated in Top Class Drama and Top Class Theatre Studies Online – a series of self-taped videos of outstanding solos, along with discussion forums exploring the process with these high-achieving performers.

The VCAA thanks the performers involved for presenting their work during challenging times. We would also love to acknowledge those performers who were selected for Top Class Drama or Theatre Studies, but were unable to participate in the online program.

Top Class Drama Online has been divided into three virtual concerts, each comprising videos of four or five diverse solos along with an audio-recorded discussion forum with performers, presented by Chief Assessor for Drama Bronwyn Egan.

Top Class Theatre Studies Online has been divided into four virtual concerts, including videos of four or five diverse monologue interpretations along with an audio-recorded discussion forum with performers, presented by Chief Assessor for Theatre Studies Richard Sallis.

 


Ticketing and venue information

Arts Centre Melbourne – Top Class Drama and Theatre Studies

Purchase tickets

Tickets for Top Class Drama and Theatre Studies 2021 are available on the Arts Centre Melbourne website.

Public transport near Arts Centre Melbourne

Flinders St Railway Station

Get off at Flinders Street Railway Station in Melbourne CBD and walk for five minutes down St Kilda Rd, across Princes Bridge towards Southbank.

Swanston St/St Kilda Rd trams

The following trams stop directly in front of Arts Centre Melbourne at stop number 14:1, 3, 3a, 5, 6, 8, 16, 64, 67 and 72.

Bus

The Melbourne City Tourist Shuttle runs in a loop through Melbourne CBD every 30 minutes, and stops at Arts Centre Melbourne on St Kilda Road at Stop 1.

Accessibility

Mobility impairments

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Accessible seating is available for wheelchair users and their companions, in all Arts Centre Melbourne venues. You can book accessibility seating in person at Arts Centre Melbourne box office or via the telephone booking line 1300 182 183. Wheelchairs can be booked through the concierge. Please call 9281 8298 if you require assistance. Accessible car parking is available in the Arts Centre Melbourne carpark.

Vision impairments

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Large Print PDF versions of the Top Class programs will be available once the program is finalised, usually approximately one week before each concert. These can be enlarged to suit your visibility requirements. Please print out a copy before you attend the Concert. Also you can choose the Read Aloud software option to convert the text into spoken word, to hear a description of the concert before you attend. Please email seasonofexcellence@education.vic.gov.au to request the program.

Vision Australia provides Audio Description and Tactile Tours of selected performances at Arts Centre Melbourne. For details, visit Vision Australia  or contact Janene Morrison Sadhu (03) 9864 9384, Tuesdays to Thursdays, for details.

Braille is used in the lifts, as well as other areas of Arts Centre Melbourne. Other services including Captioning, Tactile Tours and AUSLAN interpretation are available for selected performances.

Hearing impairments

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If you experience difficulty hearing, assisted listening devices are available for use in all seats of Arts Centre Melbourne venues, as well as for Guided Tours and meetings. The units are available free of charge from venue staff, and either use standard headphones or connect with your hearing aid via a neck loop.


Companion Card

The Companion Card has been developed by the Victorian Network on Recreation and Disability (VICNORD) and admits carers to shows as complimentary guests. Arts Centre Melbourne welcomes holders of this card to attend the many events on offer.


Melbourne Recital Centre – Top Class Dance and Top Class Music

Purchase tickets

Tickets for Top Class Dance and Top Class Music 2021 are available on the Melbourne Recital Centre website via the Top Class Dance and Top Class Music event pages.

Public transport near the Melbourne Recital Centre

Flinders St Railway Station

Flinders St Railway Station is approximately a 10 minute walk from the Melbourne Recital Centre.

Swanston St/St Kilda Rd trams

The nearest tram stop is Stop 17 on the number 1 tram, located directly in front of the Centre on the corner of Sturt St and Southbank Boulevard.

Alternatively you can alight at Stop 16 on the number 1 tram, in front of the National Gallery of Victoria. This is a platform tram stop providing level access to low floor trams, passenger shelter and protection from traffic. Melbourne Recital Centre is a short walk down Southbank Boulevard (approximately 200 metres). This stop is serviced by routes 1, 3, 5, 6, 8, 16, 64, 67, 72.

Bus

Melbourne Bus Link operates three routes along Southbank Boulevard: Route 216, 219 and 220.
The Melbourne City Tourist Shuttle runs in a loop through Melbourne's CBD every 15 minutes, and stops at the corner of Southbank Blvd and Kavanagh Street (Stop 10). An all-day ticket for the Shuttle costs $5 and children under 10 years can travel free.

Accessibility

Mobility impairments

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The Melbourne Recital Centre has wheelchair access.

Vision impairments

Large print icon 

Large Print PDF versions of the Top Class programs will be available once the program is finalised, usually approximately one week before each concert. These can be enlarged to suit your visibility requirements. Please print out a copy before you attend the concert. Also you can choose the Read Aloud software option to convert the text into spoken word, to hear a description of the concert before you attend. Please email seasonofexcellence@education.vic.gov.au to request the program.

When booking tickets through the Melbourne Recital box office you can request seats for good visibility at the concert hall. Guide dogs and other registered assistance dogs are welcome at the MRC.

Hearing impairments

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The Melbourne Recital Centre theatres are fitted with assistance hearing devices. When booking tickets through the Melbourne Recital box office you can request seats for good visibility at the concert hall if you need to lip read. All performances and talks are amplified.

For further detailed information about venue accessibility at the Melbourne Recital Centre visit the Melbourne Recital Centre Access webpage.


Melbourne Digital Concert Hall – Top Class Sound

Purchase tickets

Tickets for Top Class Sound 2021 (Online) are available on the Melbourne Digital Concert Hall website. This concert will be live-streamed from Athenaeum Theatre at 1.30pm Friday 26 February, and will remain available to watch online 72 hours (3 days) after the concert.


To watch a concert already purchased:
  1. Go to Watch - Melbourne Digital Concert Hall 
  2. Log In to your account in the top right corner
  3. Click on the My Tickets icon next to Login/Logout
  4. All your concert tickets will be there with a countdown. Click 'Watch' when it is concert time.

For further technical information about the live-stream, please read the Frequently Asked Questions.



Educational Resources

The educational resources can be viewed on the Top Acts Educational resources page .