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Twenty young violinists from regional towns across NSW will have the experience of a lifetime this Thursday 30 July, when they perform on the stage of the Sydney Opera House alongside professional musicians from the Australian World Orchestra & elite players from the Australian Youth Orchestra.
Six year old Charlotte Johnstone of Orange will be representing the Orange Regional Conservatorium at this exciting event.
The regional students will be conducted by one of the most famous and highly regarded musicians in the world, Sir Simon Rattle, chief conductor of the Berlin Philharmonic, who is in Sydney for concerts with the Australian World Orchestra, a unique ensemble made up of exceptional Australian musicians drawn from top orchestras around the world.
The regional music students taking part in this two-day project of rehearsals, tutorials and concerts at the Sydney Opera House range in age from 6 to 17, and in skill level from beginner to advanced.
They are all students of NSW Regional Conservatoriums, a network of 17 regional music schools funded by the NSW Government through the Department of Education to provide high quality music education to regional school students.
“Over the past 3 years, the NSW Regional Conservatoriums have forged wonderful partnerships with the Sydney Opera House and a number of leading Australian and international orchestras,” says President of the Association of NSW Regional Conservatoriums, Stephen O’Connell.
“Our students have had similar opportunities with the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra from the Netherlands, the London Symphony Orchestra, as well as our own Australian Opera and Ballet Orchestra and the Sydney Symphony Orchestra.”
For some of the students, this experience with the Australian World Orchestra will be the first time they have played with a full string orchestra.
“In smaller regional centres, there are not always enough musicians in town to form youth or community orchestras for our young violinists to play with,” says the director of Dubbo’s Macquarie Conservatorium, Vivienne Winther.
“So the thrill of playing right in the middle of a large orchestra will be quite new for some of them, on top of being tutored by brilliant professional players and led by an amazing conductor.”
The students have learnt specially arranged parts of the Bach Double Violin Concerto, participating in video-conference link-ups to work on their music together. The NSW Regional Conservatoriums use state-of-the-art video-conferencing to link students with high quality music teachers, in another initiative that provides regional youth with the best possible music opportunities.
“While in Sydney, our students will watch the Australian World Orchestra in rehearsal and in concert, have intensive tutorials on their parts, and join with the other players to rehearse as an orchestra, before performing their music on Thursday evening before a VIP audience,” says Patrick Brennan, director of the Central Coast Conservatorium.
“At our previous orchestral projects, several students gained real insight into the life of a professional musician and decided to pursue music as a career as a result. I’m sure this experience with Sir Simon Rattle and the Australian World Orchestra will bring similar inspiration to our young musicians.”
ORC Music Director, Donna Riles, presents two of our students, Will Harper and Luka Mihalich on ABC radio. This audio clip is a snippet of what to expect at the Toddlers Proms Concert on Saturday 20th June at 10am.
Bring your kids to the Orange Regional Conservatorium this Saturday the 20th of June for an hour and a half of music and fun with the Orange Youth Orchestra.
OYO players will be engaging with pre-school and early school aged children, introducing them to the world of music with interactive activities, costumes, sing-alongs and even their own instruments to play.
The youngsters will be entertained with some familiar songs, including orchestral pieces from Looney Tunes. Kids can come dressed up as one of their favourite characters from a cartoon show, book or story.
Parents and grandparents are also encouraged to come along and enjoy the fun.
The Toddlers Proms kicks off at 10am and finishes at 11:30am. Tickets are available at the door, $10 for adults and free entry for kids. We hope to see you there!
Renowned Australian song writer Mike Carr, will be hosting a song-writing workshop at the Orange Regional Conservatorium’s annual Winter Workshops these upcoming school holidays.
Winner of two Golden Guitar awards, Mike has written well-known country songs for Adam Brand and Melissa Schneider, to name a few.
The song-writing workshop with Mike Carr and well-known local musician Kyle Manning, will run over two days on Monday 29th and Tuesday 30th June – cost $40.
The Winter Workshop program will also include many other exciting music workshops including Glee Workshops; Guitar Start Up; Test Drive the Violin and a Piano Masterclass with ORC piano teacher Meriel Owen. These workshops are $10/session and will be held over two weeks from Monday 29th June to Friday 10th July.
All workshops will be held at the Orange Regional Conservatorium, 73a Hill Street, and are open to everyone – not just the kids. There is a workshop for all ages and abilities.
ORC Music Director, Donna Riles is thoroughly excited to be offering these workshops to the Orange community, “It is important for the ORC and the Orange community to be able to offer these workshops that increase music accessibility and music education delivery to more than just our regular students. Make your holiday’s fun and come and sign up for a workshop of two.”
Further details of the workshops can be found here or by calling the ORC Admin on 6361 7974.