TASTE OF CULTURE: Community members perform with Queensland Symphony Orchestra musicians.
TASTE OF CULTURE: Community members perform with Queensland Symphony Orchestra musicians. Brooke Duncan

Musicians strike the right note

CHINCHILLA students and community members have raised the roof at the cultural centre as they performed with musicians from the Queensland Symphony Orchestra.

The concert, held last Thursday night, was part of the QSO's CMR initiative, run in partnership with Australia Pacific LNG operated by Origin.

Now in it's third year, as part of CMR, QSO musicians travel to Chinchilla, Miles, and Roma to work on selected music with school and community groups, culminating in a community concert.

QSO artistic planning director Timothy Matthies said this year the musicians worked with students from 14 schools, as well as community orchestras and bands.

"This year we've reached about 250 kids and we've had about 1500 people at the community concerts, which is just a fantastic achievement in the second last week of term when the kids are getting pretty tired,” Mr Matthies said.

He said the QSO brought 14 musicians - one for each instrument that makes up an orchestra - and conductor Peter Morris out for the trip, to do individual and group tutorials before final rehearsals on the day of the concert.

A crucial goal behind the initiative is to give QSO musicians the chance to pass on their skills and tips to students and community members in regional areas.

"This state's very lucky, in the schools there's a commitment to instrumental music from the Department of Education and the other education providers,” Mr Matthies said.

"That's fantastic because the kids are learning from around Grade 3 or 4 a particular instrument, and what we then do with bringing the QSO here is really help to increase their capacity to play that instrument even better, so we're really giving them skills that then they can use.

"What's also great is that often students who have a particular love of an instrument or who our musicians identify as somebody maybe with that something extra are then really supported.”

For Chinchilla State High School captain Anna Dallmann, the experience is incredibly useful.

"It is very cool, especially because they (the QSO musicians) all know what they're doing so much, and they all really give us tips on how to have better technique and it's really valuable I think,” Miss Dallmann said.

She said her favourite piece in the concert was 'In the Hall of the Mountain King'.

"I remember learning about that piece in primary school and it's really cool to actually get to play it.”


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