Northern Rivers Youth Orchestra

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Northern Rivers Youth Orchestra is a three-day school holiday event held at the Northern Rivers Conservatorium in Lismore, culminating in a public concert at SCU’s Whitebrook Theatre on July 10 at 6:00 pm.

60 students aged 7-21 from Yamba to the Tweed will converge in Lismore along with 10 buddies from the Sydney Conservatorium tertiary program and a guest international conductor, Mr Luis Fernando Madrid, from Colombia.

The full Orchestra will be playing two original pieces written and arranged by Wendy Turner. These are: Moods of Ireland and Symphony Funtastick (a play on words on the famous Symphonie Fantastique by Berlioz ).  They will also play a prize -winning American orchestral piece especially written for Junior Orchestra, called Millennium.

The String Ensemble will play two pieces- one from the traditional string repertoire- Romanian Dances by Bartok and a modern piece called Legend.

The Concert Band will play a piece called Synergies which will show their talents.

The Senior Orchestra, comprising students from Year 6 and above will play John Williams’ challenging film score, Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull.

The repertoire chosen for the workshop will capture the musical imagination of the students and all pieces include technical and performance challenges. Adaptations to scores have been made to make the experience inclusive for all students.

Tickets are $10 and $5 and are available from the Conservatorium on 6621 2266 or at the door