ASO’s innovative music experience inspires regional students

As part of Country Arts SA’s 25th birthday celebrations this month, five local Riverland high school students are receiving intensive musical training from the Adelaide Symphony Orchestra, as well as the opportunity to play alongside the orchestra this month, thanks to support from the RAA.

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ASO’s innovative music experience inspires regional students

The talented student selected by the ASO’s Violist Martin Butler OAM are; Jasper Harding from Loxton High School, Braden Cameron-Daniel and Caiden Dixon from Glossop High School, Levi Whitehead from Waikerie High School and Matt Hartshorne from Renmark High School.

A permanent viola player of the ASO, Butler is also involved in youth music as an educator, conductor and arranger. Martin works tirelessly to advance the cause of music, especially through his work with children at schools and through Adelaide Youth Orchestra. Earlier this year he received an OAM “for service to the performing arts, particularly through music”.

Butler said, "At the ASO we are dedicated to music education and are passionate about inspiring schools and students across the state to enjoy music in their lives. We are proud to offer this innovative experience, thanks to the RAA, where we are giving students across the Riverland a hands-on experience. Their active involvement will boost their self-confidence and their ability to work in a group. In fact, all the things playing in a music ensemble provides.

I've chosen a couple of works that have a strong rhythmic element to them so that they can really enjoy the physical and emotional excitement of playing with my colleagues. I've told them that they can't go wrong and that whatever happens, they'll have a great time performing with us."

These performances will be held in the lead up to a one-off, major spring concert for the whole community by the Orchestra at the Chaffey Theatre on Saturday 20 October at 3pm. Here, the ASO will perform some of the greatest orchestral music ever composed by Beethoven and Mozart, conducted by Ben Northey, Chief Conductor of the Christchurch Symphony Orchestra and Associate Conductor of the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra.

The impact will carry on well beyond October according to  Glossop High School music and media teacher, Brenden Baldock. “The students involved will be able to share their learnings with their peers which will impact many more students from across the Riverland. This will be a wonderful opportunity that they would not be able to access without the generous support of the Adelaide Symphony Orchestra. RAA and Country Arts SA.”

“We back creativity and are keen to remove barriers to young people seeking opportunities. RAA is confident this partnership will achieve just that, with young musicians being mentored by professionals and introducing others to the beauty of orchestral music.” said RAA spokesperson

ASO has a reputation for vitality and versatility, the internationally acclaimed orchestra is South Australia’s largest performing arts organization (employing 75 fill-time musicians), established in 1936. For over 80 years, the ASO has been there to corroborate life and contribute to South Australia’s identity. Today the ASO plays a major role in Adelaide’s cultural and economic vibrancy, and enriches the community through more than 70 world-class performances to more than 90,000 diverse concertgoers each season. Delivering diverse and colourful programming with leading international and Australian musicians, it has also enjoyed hugely successful performances with artists such as The Angels, Ben Folds, Tim Minchin and The Hilltop Hoods. The ASO has embarked on numerous international tours including Korea, Singapore and Carnegie Hall in New York. They have just completed a tour of The Bush Concert in China.

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