Thirty young musicians from across regional New South Wales will have the once in a lifetime opportunity to work with members of the legendary Staatskapelle Berlin over three days, culminating in a performance on the Sydney Opera House’s Concert Hall stage. Members of the Regional Youth Orchestra NSW, the lucky players range from 12 to 18 years of age. They’ll take part in tutorials beginning on Sunday with 10 players from the orchestra, in town with its renowned chief Daniel Barenboim for three concerts covering the Brahms symphonies. The three-day education project has been facilitated by the Opera House in an ongoing commitment to increase arts accessibility.
Regional Youth Orchestra NSW at the Concert Hall, Sydney Opera House in 2017. Photo supplied
“We have young musicians coming all the way from Coffs Harbour in the north and Albury down south, as well as from Armidale, Tamworth, Central Coast, Bathurst, Orange, Dubbo, Wollongong and the Upper Hunter,” said RYO conductor Patrick Brennan. “At previous orchestral projects at the Sydney Opera House, the students gained real insight into the life of a professional musician and several decided to pursue music as a career as a result. I’m sure this experience will bring similar inspiration to our young musicians.”
The young musicians will spend Saturday working on selected movements from Brahms symphonies, led by the Staatskapelle’s Music Director Victorien Vanoosten. They will then sit in on a Staatskapelle rehearsal conducted by Barenboim, as well as attend its opening concert on Sunday. Their final day sees them join 30 Staatskapelle musicians and tertiary students from the Sydney Conservatorium of Music in a concert of movements from Brahms symphonies, performing in the Concert Hall to an invited audience of project partners, family and friends. They’ll again be conducted by Vanoosten.
“The Opera House’s Children, Families & Creative Learning team is proud to continue our ongoing partnership with RYO with the support of our classical music donors,” said Bridgette Van Leuven, Head of Children, Families & Creative Learning at Sydney Opera House. “Through this education project with Staatskapelle Berlin, we hope to inspire young classical musicians across regional NSW by providing accessible opportunities and professional pathways for them to pursue creative endeavours and lifelong engagement with the arts.”
The Regional Youth Orchestra NSW draws its musicians from the NSW Regional Conservatoriums, a network of 17 regional music schools funded by the state government to provide high quality music education for regional communities.