Olive O'Reilly, 9, got to play with the Australian World Orchestra at the Sydney Opera House. Photo Marc Stapelberg / The Northern Star
Olive O'Reilly, 9, got to play with the Australian World Orchestra at the Sydney Opera House. Photo Marc Stapelberg / The Northern Star Marc Stapelberg

Playing a Part on a Big Stage

She has been playing the violin for four years and practices for half an hour a day. While Olive enjoyed the Sydney Opera House it was the sight of a rare violin owned by one of the orchestra players that tickled her fancy.

"I heard about them a lot and I know only really special people have gotten to see them," Olive said.

"The sound in the Opera House was so big.

"It just sounded so large and it made me feel what the musicians were feeling while they played their instruments.

"I like playing challenging pieces because it makes you feel like you have achieved something, but my favourite piece to play is a folk song."

Olive and other students spent two days workshopping with players in the AWO and then were treated to a full performance where they watched the orchestra play.

Northern Rivers Conservatorium executive director Anita Bellman said the importance of such programs could not be underestimated.

"It gives students a chance to play in these amazing venues," she said.

"They also get to meet other students who have the same passion and drive. It allows them to envision where there future might take them."



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