Young orchestra gets final polish

RAISING THE BAR: Bogota Philharmonic Orchestra conductor Luis Fernando Madrid Ospino prepares the Northern Rivers Youth Orchestra and 11 of their Sydney counterparts at the Northern Rivers Conservatorium for Thursday’s concert.
RAISING THE BAR: Bogota Philharmonic Orchestra conductor Luis Fernando Madrid Ospino prepares the Northern Rivers Youth Orchestra and 11 of their Sydney counterparts at the Northern Rivers Conservatorium for Thursday’s concert. Luke Mortimer

MORE than six dozen budding musicians packed into the Northern Rivers Conservatorium yesterday to rehearse under the guidance of Bogota Philharmonic Orchestra conductor Luis Fernando Madrid Ospino.

Members of the 63-strong Northern Rivers Youth Orchestra are aged between seven and 21, and they were joined by 11 counterparts from the Sydney Conservatorium to prepare for a concert.

The full orchestra will be playing two original pieces written and arranged by Wendy Turner, at Southern Cross University's Whitebrook Theatre tomorrow at 6pm.

Northern Rivers Conservatorium head of community music, Zoe Abbott said, she had been preparing for the performance for months.

"It's all pretty exciting. It's really great when the kids arrive on the first day and it all becomes very real," she said.

"There are all these kids who've been practising their parts and just to see them working with their buddies from the Sydney Con is really great.

"Some of the kids don't have a school band. Some of them might be the only kid in school who plays an instrument."

Ms Abbott said the kids' first full orchestra rehearsal was music to her ears.

"We've had an hour and a half this morning with everyone practising in their sections and it's a relief to hear they've got it together to play for the conductor and not make him crinkle his brow too much," she said.

The concert will feature the full orchestra, a string ensemble, a concert band, a presentation by senior students and feature items by Sydney Conservatorium students.

 

It's Showtime

NRYO Public Concert: Tomorrow (Thursday), 6pm

Southern Cross University's Whitebrook Theatre

Tickets: $10 ($5 pension card holders) with kids under 8 free.

Phone 6621 2266 for more information



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