Continuing the SSO’s commitment to making music accessible and inspiring the next generation of musicians, this three-day program provided promising musicians from Years 5-12 the opportunity to work alongside 13 Sydney Symphony Orchestra musicians. During Playerlink! the students undertook orchestra and instrument section rehearsals with the SSO musicians, receiving valuable one-on-one guidance, before coming together to form a combined orchestra of student and SSO musicians that performed a free ’work in progress’ community concert at 2pm on Sunday 15 April.
Sydney Symphony Orchestra Director of Learning and Engagement, Linda Lorenza, says that every year it’s exciting to see students travel from all over New South Wales to join the Orchestra for Playerlink! and engage with the musicians. “Many of these students have limited opportunities to play in a full orchestra, while others might be the only young person learning their instrument where they live,” Lorenza says. “The Sydney Symphony Orchestra believes that music is for everyone. Through programs like Playerlink!, young musicians have the opportunity to come together and interact with professional musicians in making music. We’re able to support young musicians, helping to nurture the talents of the next generation and encourage them to pursue their passions.”