Sydney Symphony Orchestra performs gala concert and conducts workshops with students in Guangzhou

This week, in the South China city of Guangzhou, an ensemble of 20 SSO musicians held a day of musical workshops and rehearsals with the talented students at the Xinghai Conservatory of Music as part of a program with the City of Sydney.

Sydney Symphony Orchestra performs gala concert and conducts workshops with students in Guangzhou

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The workshop was part of the City of Sydney’s week-long schedule of activities in Guangzhou to celebrate the 30th anniversary of the sister-city relationship between Sydney and Guangzhou. On Monday night the SSO opened the City of Sydney’s program with a special gala concert attended by City of Sydney Lord Mayor Clover Moore and Mr Chen Jianhua, Chairman of Guangzhou's People's Congress.

Sydney Symphony Orchestra Managing Director Rory Jeffes said the SSO has been “immensely proud” to be involved in celebrating this important anniversary.

"We see music as a vehicle to bring people from different nations closer and our activities in Guangzhou were a testament to this with our gala concert featuring our concertmaster Andrew Haveron joined by violin professor Li Xu from the Xinghai Conservatory of Music in Bach's Double Violin Concerto,” Mr Jeffes said. “Our workshops with students from the Xinghai Conservatory saw a day of cross-cultural communication through music - an extremely inspiring experience for all involved."

Tchaikovsky’s Serenade in C for Strings and encores by Australian composer Peter Sculthorpe and a traditional Chinese pieceGalloping Horsesalso featured as part of the concert program on Monday night.

The SSO and Xinghai Conservatory have shared a Memorandum of Understanding since 2012.The SSO has toured China four times and was in 2014 named the winner of the Australian Government’s inaugural Australia-China Achievement Award in the arts category.

Andrew Haveron and SSO Principal Violist Tobias Breider are today in Shanghai to audition students at the Shanghai Orchestra Academy for the opportunity to travel to Sydney later this year to be part of performances with the SSO at the Sydney Opera House.

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