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Top Class

What is Top Class?

Top Class presents 12 concerts by outstanding VCE performing arts students who have completed VCE Drama, Theatre Studies, Music Performance, Music Investigation, Music Style and Composition, Dance and VCE VET Music Industry and Dance. The 2020 Top Class concert series will take place from Monday 24 February to Tuesday 17 March 2020.


Top Class 2020 dates

Top Class Dance Monday 24 February 2020 at Melbourne Recital Centre, Southbank

Top Class Sound Friday 28 February 2020 at Melba Hall, The University of Melbourne

Top Class Music Friday 13 March 2020 at Melbourne Recital Centre, Southbank

Top Class Drama and Theatre Studies Monday 16 March and Tuesday 17 March 2020 at the Playhouse, Arts Centre Melbourne



Selection process

Top Class Sound

 

VCE Music Performance, Music Investigation and VCE VET Music Industry (Performance) must apply to be selected Top Class Sound.

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.

Apply for Top Class Sound 2020

Applications are currently open for VCE Music Performance, Music Investigation and VCE VET Music Industry (Performance) students and will close at 11.59pm, Wednesday 23 October 2019

It is recommended that you complete your application in one session. To make sure you have everything you need prepared in advance, have a look at the Top Class Sound 2020 application guide, which summarises all the bits and pieces you will need to complete your application.

Application form

This is an online application hosted on behalf of the VCAA by a third party. Before you leave the VCAA website to complete the application, please read the VCAA Privacy Statement and Collection Notice for important information about privacy.  By clicking on the link to the online application form, you acknowledge and agree that you have read and understood, and consent to, the terms of the collection notice.

Top Class Sound 2020 application

Top Class Music 

VCE Music Performance, Music Investigation, Music Style and Composition and VCE VET Music Industry (Performance) performers are selected by panels who listen to the examination performance recording of students that received a high A+ in their performance examination. Invitations to perform in Top Class Music will be sent out by post in mid-December.

Top Class Drama, Theatre Studies and Dance

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

 


Ticketing and venue information

Melbourne Recital Centre – Top Class Dance and Music

Purchase tickets

Tickets for Top Class Dance and Music 2020 will be available from Monday 2 December 2019 via the Melbourne Recital Centre website.

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

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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@edumail.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.


Melba Hall – Top Class Sound

Purchase tickets

Tickets for Top Class Sound 2020 will be available via the VCAA website from Monday 2 December 2019.

Live streaming

Melba Hall offers a live streaming service for Top Class Sound. The link to the live stream will be published on our webpage closer to the concert date.

Public transport near Melba Hall

Melba Hall is located within the Melbourne Conservatorium of Music at The University of Melbourne, Parkville Campus, in building 141.

Tram

Melba Hall is located on Royal Parade, within walking distance from Stop 11 on the number 19 tram.

Bus

The route 505 bus stops along Royal Parade, within walking distance from Melba Hall.

 

 

Accessibility

Mobility impairments

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There is ground level access to Melba Hall and the hall has provision for two wheelchair spaces.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Vision impairments

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Guide dogs and other registered assistance dogs are welcome at Melba Hall.

The Top Class Sound program catalogue can be enlarged to suit visibility requirements. Please contact us if you require one.

For more information about venue accessibility at Melba Hall, please contact James Hutchinson on (03) 8344 5395.

 


Arts Centre Melbourne – Top Class Drama and Theatre Studies

Purchase tickets

Tickets for Top Class Drama and Theatre Studies 2020 will be on sale from Monday 2 December 2019 via 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@edumail.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.

For further detailed information about venue accessibility at Arts Centre Melbourne, please contact Arts Centre Melbourne's Access Manager on 03 9281 8503. 


Educational Resources

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