AN EXTRAORDINARY ADVENTURE FOR YOUNG SYMPHONISTS
During January this year, at the Melbourne Youth Orchestras’ prestigious annual Summer School, young musicians enjoyed an exciting new partnership with the Australian Romantic & Classical Orchestra.
At the Summer School, Australian Romantic & Classical Orchestra presented an intensive week of historically informed performance practice workshops and rehearsals, which culminated in a public concert at the Melbourne Recital Centre. The performance featured movements from MOZART’s Symphony No.40 in G minor, HAYDN’s Symphony No. 80 in D minor, REICHA’s Parthia in F major for winds and the STAMITZ Sinfonia a Quattro in A major for strings.
Directed by Australian Romantic & Classical Orchestra’s concertmaster, internationally renowned Australian violinist, director and concertmaster, Rachael Beesley, and principal clarinettist Nicole van Bruggen, the Melbourne Youth Orchestra (MYO) Summer School “Young Mannheim Symphonists” program enabled the participants to work with and learn from Australia’s most respected musicians in historically informed performance practice.
Students were gifted the unique opportunity to delve into the Mannheim, Classical and Romantic performance styles, while exploring both the theoretical and practical aspects of performing the work of iconic composers. The intensive program enabled participants to work side by side with world-class specialist musicians, perform – possibly for the first time – on period instruments, develop dynamic and creative ensemble skills, and explore works from the Mannheim, Classical and Romantic periods.
Melbourne-based Beesley said, “The dedicated and engaged approach of the participants and the enthusiastic response from the audience highlighted how knowledge-based learning and commitment to historical integrity creates a confident and compelling musical expression in performance.”
“And,” added Van Bruggen, “a hugely exciting and rewarding experience for some of Australia’s most promising young musicians!”
The Australian Romantic and Classical Orchestra performs Pastoral, Classical & Poetical Melodies in March, May and August of this year – as part of its national 2018 concert program. There is more information for you on their website: www.arco.org.au
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