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QSO Strikes a Chord with Community Musicians


Aussies aren't very good at blowing our own horns, but Queensland Symphony Orchestra (QSO) really deserves to be harping on about adding another string to its bow with A Day in the Orchestra.

QSO's PR says musicians from all over the state, "From Blackall to Bundaberg, Brighton to Bardon and Beenleigh," are being tuned up to participate in a weekend of workshops, after which we'll see the creation of the QSO Community Orchestra.

If you're thinking, "That's music to my ears! Count me in!" interested instrumentalists can sign up for the inaugural A Day in the Orchestra until Tuesday the 11th of August, at qso.com.au. QSO is particularly keen to hear from string players, so don't fiddle about, pull whatever strings you have to in order to complete an application.



Participants will get to make sweet music with the QSO over the weekend of October 2nd and 3rd under the beat of the baton of internationally acclaimed conductor, Jessica Cottis.

"It's the chance for Queenslanders to rehearse and play with the state orchestra, something very few people ever get to experience; truly a unique opportunity," said QSO Chief Executive Officer, Ms Sophie Galaise, while drumming up support from musicians.

"QSO plays a pivotal role in Queensland's arts landscape – educating; mentoring aspiring performers; touring regional centres; broadcasting and performing with state, national and international ballet and opera companies. This program is part of our commitment to take the sound of QSO to all Queenslanders," she said. "Last year the QSO reached 1.1 million people with its music; this year, we want even more involvement."

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Community musicians who are current residents of Queensland, aged 18 and over, who've mastered an orchestral instrument at AMEB grade seven or equivalent level are invited to come out and play. The QSO website says, "It is most suited to participants who play regularly in a symphonic band or orchestra…"

Successful applicants will be sent electronic copies of their orchestral part in early September, so when they attend the event in October, they'll already know the score. If you don't learn your part, and you can't play catch up, I'm sure you'll have to pay the piper! After all, the QSO will want the orchestra to sound as tight as a drum. You'll need to bring your own instrument (so don't go expecting any organ donors) and be prepared to finish the weekend performing a classical repertoire in a concert at the QSO Studio, South Bank.

If you need to know more, pipe up and contact QSO's Community Engagement Officer, John Nolan via email john.nolan@qso.com.au or phone (07) 3833 5055.

Application Timeline

Tuesday 11 August: Applications Close
Friday 14 August: Participants notified of acceptance and repertoire confirmed
Early September: Electronic copies of orchestral parts distributed

Draft Schedule

Friday 2 October:

5.45pm - Arrival & Registration
6.15-9pm - Rehearsal with Jessica Cottis

Saturday 3 October:
10.30am-1.30pm - Rotating sectionals led by QSO players
2.30-4pm - Rehearsal with Jessica Cottis
6-7pm - Final rehearsal with Jessica Cottis
7.30-8.45pm - Public concert

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Why? Make Sweet Music with Your Peers
When: Fri 2 Oct 5.45PM and Sat 3 Oct 10.30AM
Phone: (07) 3833 5055
Where: QSO Studio, South Bank, in the ABC Building on the corner of Grey and Russell Streets, South Brisbane, 4101
Cost: Participant $150, Concert Adult $25 Concert Concession $20
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