WASO's 2018 Education Week+ was the WASO’s biggest yet, and featured yet more new ways to share music with students, educators, families and communities. The stats are impressive:
- 8694 attendees / participants
- 317 pieces of equipment
- 71 WASO musicians
- 45 performances / workshops / masterclasses / classes
- 28 schools
- 6 venues
- 5 partnerships with arts organisations, schools and professional bodies
- 5 world premieres
- 2anniversaries — 5 years of Rusty Orchestra; 10 years of Composition Project
- xcand 2 guest education artists in residence: Paul Rissmann and Benjamin Northey
International educationalist and composer Paul Rissmann presented a week of specialEChO (Education Chamber Orchestra) performances, exploring children's books across a variety of interactive programs, and Benjamin Northey conducted Saint-Saëns delightfulCarnival of Animals, with extra magic added by the celebrated puppetry of Spare Parts Puppet Theatre and poetry by Nick Enright.
Participants in the WASO’s flagship training program, the Composition Project, spent four months of developing a new work for a 14-piece chamber ensemble working with renowned composer James Ledger and special guest Gerard Brophy. The emerging composers’ finished pieces were presented as part of the week’s program.
The Rusty Orchestra, a highlight of Education Week+, brought amateur musicians aged 25 and older from all over Western Australia to sit side by side with WASO musicians to form a larger than life symphony orchestra.
WASO's nationally recognised Education and Community Engagement programs offer individuals of all backgrounds an opportunity to develop their relationship with the company’s orchestra, and build their ownership of and engagement with orchestral music through high quality, relevant and interactive experiences. The programs offer an extensive range of opportunities to participants across the board, from babies through to Rusty Musicians.