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Published May 2nd 2015
An exceptional orchestral experience, that is pleasing to the ears and the soul
I picked up my first violin at 8 years of age. Admittedly the first few months were painful, mostly for my parents I imagine. As the weeks went by the scratching of the bow against the strings sounded something similar to a feral cat dying in an alley. After a few months though, the painful sound became smoother and it started to sound quite gentle and gracious. Then I got bored with the violin and moved on to the next instrument. So in this case, you could say that enduring through the learning stages did not pay off.
The Willoughby Symphony are a professional symphony based in Sydney's North Shore council of Willoughby and have performed at a variety of locations including a Europe Tour in 2008.
As I walked in I realised I definitely didn't fit the demographic, which was really disappointing because it was a really enjoyable experience. I was lucky enough to attend The Willoughby Symphony performance of West Side Story, with beautiful renditions of the 20th century classics. Conducted by Nicholas Milton, this powerful symphony kept myself in awe and the audience captive. The real star of this show was Doretta Balkizas an amazing young Australian violinist who recently won the 'Fritz Kreisler' award, has performed with a variety of ensembles around the world and has led both Chamber and Symphony Orchestras from the principal chair.
The Willoughby Symphony brought emotion to each piece, moving between soft delicate sounds, to bold upbeat melodies. This is definitely an experience I would recommend, particularly for younger people. The symphony are set to provide a range of different performances throughout the year: details can be found here