String players wanted for big bash at city hall
FOR two nights this year, the stage of the Lismore City Hall will be overflowing with an orchestra of string, brass, woodwind and percussion instruments as 80 musicians play a combination of contemporary and classic music for the Lismore Symphony Orchestra's 10th anniversary.
The orchestra is looking for string players to join the rehearsals, which will begin in the second week of February.
The 10th anniversary concert will take place on June 14 and 15 and will include ballet performances and about 40 junior string musicians to accompany the 40-member Lismore Symphony Orchestra.
Rehearsal conductor Karen Traise said the concert was a great opportunity for junior string players to get experience with an orchestra.
"It's a great experience for them because they can come along and play something that's at their level but they've got this orchestra all around them," she said.
"We pick a particular rep-ertoire that we know that they can play and we actually have extra rehearsals for them and encourage their teachers to go through it with them as well."
The concert program will include Jacques Offenbach's Barcarolle from Tales of Hoffman, Andrew Lloyd Webber's Phantom of the Opera Selection and Beethoven's Symphony No 5, just to name a few.
Lismore Symphony Orchestra violinist Paul Copeland said teamwork was one of the most important parts of playing in an orchestra.
"It's like playing football," he said. "You've got partners and teams and everyone has to work together." Fellow violinist Mark Lee said it was a privilege to be playing as part of the orchestra.