Students enjoyed learning at TSO concert

ABOUT 400 schoolchildren learned about words and music in a special performance by the Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra at New Norfolk this week.

“It is one of the aspirations of the Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra that by 2030 every Tasmania child under 12 years of age will have had a least one experience of the TSO musicians,” TSO spokesperson Kim Waldock said. “To that end, the TSO is holding many of its schools concerts away from its home in central Hobart, and on Tuesday, June 18, Derwent Valley Arts hosted their latest concert in 9B Studios in New Norfolk.”

The concert was performed by nine members of the orchestra and conductor/presenter Jack Machin. “The theme of the program was ‘Words and Music’ and each piece showed a different way words and music work together to create music and musical interpretation. Some of the music was by young Tasmanian composers alongside excerpts from The Music for the Royal Fireworks, Swan Lake and Bluey,” Ms Waldock said.

The audience consisted of about 400 children attended from Fairview Primary School, Westerway Primary School and Rosetta Primary School. “Thanks to the generous support and hospitality of Nathan and Lucinda Males, and financial support covering the price of the tickets from the Hobart Business Collective, all students attended free of charge,” Ms Waldock said.

“Accessing a learning opportunity of this calibre is important in shaping the opinions and interests of the audiences of tomorrow, while giving them a fun morning out learning about the instruments of the orchestra and the music they play. We take our responsibility to the children of Tasmania very seriously,” she said. “We hope to be back in the Derwent Valley very soon.”

The public is invited to attend a performance by the Somerville Singers, from Queensland’s Somerville House, as part of the Festival of Voices. Three local schools have been invited to this 45-minute concert at 9B Studios, in Burnett St, New Norfolk, at 10am on July 2 and the general public is also welcome to attend.

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