Northern Rivers Youth Orchestra, held in the July School holidays, was a great success. Over 75 students aged 7-21 packed the stage at SCU’s Whitebrook Theatre to present ten pieces practised over just three days. This was the third year for this project, and it just keeps getting better. Luis Fernando Madrid returned as guest conductor, and our 12 buddies from Sydney Con were impressed with the standard and enthusiasm of regional music students.
Each individual musician learns their part and practises at home, and it is only when the entire orchestra plays together that the whole piece of music really takes shape. An orchestra flourishes when everybody does their best to play their part as well as they possibly can, and listens to each other carefully whilst keeping an eye on the conductor, following dynamic and tempo markings to create a definite mood.
Looked at in this way, being part of an orchestra is a wonderful experience that has benefits for communities, as individuals work together to create something beautiful for others. So let’s have more of this!
Our Spring Gala on Sunday 14 September, at Lismore Workers Club, is an opportunity for all students of an orchestral instrument to join together to create Northern Rivers Community Orchestra for one great show! Students who joined NRYO, their parents, music teachers, and community members are invited to join the fun. Contact the office to express your interest and receive your parts. Rehearsals will be held Sunday 24 August & Sunday 7 September from 1:00-4:00 for Strings and 2:00-4:00 for all others.