Regional Youth Orchestra

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Young musicians from across the state meet in Tamworth for inspiring orchestral project at Regional Arts NSW’s Artstate.

Six students from the Orange Regional Conservatorium will take part in intensive orchestral rehearsals culminating in a full length symphony concert as the finale of Artstate Tamworth.

Forty young musicians from regional towns across NSW travel to Tamworth on 30 October for four days of rehearsals, tutorials and a full length concert performance, as members of Regional Youth Orchestra NSW.

Hosted by Tamworth Regional Conservatorium, the students will prepare major symphonic works by Beethoven, Tchaikowsky, Sibelius and the popular Australian composer Elena Kats-Chernin for their concert on Sunday 3 November at 11am in the Tamworth War Memorial Town Hall.

Ivy Hawker, Benjamin Hoskins-Murphy, Thomas Karbowiak, Simeon Kelly, Max Ringbauer and Dylan Roberts will represent the Orange Regional Conservatorium at this exciting event.

The regional music students selected for this opportunity range in age from 11 to 20 years. They are all members of Regional Youth Orchestra NSW (RYO), an auditioned orchestra of talented young musicians established in 2016 by the Association of NSW Regional Conservatoriums.

RYO draws its players from the Association’s 17 regional conservatoriums, all funded by the NSW Government to provide high quality music education for regional schools and communities.

“This is the third time we have held our RYO orchestral camp to coincide with the Artstate conference and festival presented by Regional Arts NSW,” says Anita Bellman, President of the Association of NSW Regional Conservatoriums and Director of Northern Rivers Conservatorium.

“RYO has performed the finale concert for Artstate 2017 in Lismore and Artstate 2018 in Bathurst. And before that, the inaugural RYO concert was at the national event Artlands, held in Dubbo in 2016 and also coordinated by Regional Arts NSW. So our partnership with Regional Arts NSW has been a key part of RYO’s development.”

Bringing the students together for this inspiring event in Tamworth has required months of planning on the part of the Association.

“We have young musicians travelling all the way from Lismore, Coffs Harbour, Grafton, Gosford, Armidale, Bathurst, Dubbo, Orange and Wollongong, as well as a strong contingent of local Tamworth students,” says RYO conductor Patrick Brennan, Director of Central Coast Conservatorium.

“Our four-day program is packed with rehearsals and tutorials to prepare the challenging program of music for our Sunday concert.”

“Performing together in a regional town like Tamworth is a tremendous opportunity for these young regional musicians,” says Adam Wills, RYO conductor, Director of Clarence Valley Conservatorium and Vice President of the Association of NSW Regional Conservatoriums.

“RYO’s concert will showcase the high standard of playing these talented students have achieved with the help of their regional conservatoriums, and hopefully it will inspire younger students to excel as orchestral musicians.”

Image: the 2018 regional youth orchestra at Artstate Bathurst. Photo Katelyn-Jane Dunn/ RANSW.

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