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ACO2 on Tour: Around the World

Posted on 4 Jun 2015 by Leo Messias

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ACO2 has just completed their inaugural 2015 regional tour to NSW and QLD, performing a total of 8 concerts in Armidale, Bellingen and Mullumbimby, Gold Coast, Nambour, Bundaberg, Gladstone and Cleveland.

The tour was directed by former ACO guest director, Austrian violinist Benjamin Schmid. Benjamin led a dynamic program of Bach, Tchaikovsky and Barber. The Orchestra also performed a jazz piece by Herbert Berger that took the audience on a journey through America, Russia and Germany – culminating in a voyage through Salzburg, Barcelona, Paris and Maputo with Berger’s Metropoles Suite for Violin and Strings.

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All 3 of our NSW performances were sold out and we received some wonderful feedback from our Mullumbimby audience:


ACO2 is a group of terrific musicians and their performance is unmatched.

Excellent!  Program was superb, performance was inspirational and uplifting.

ACO2 were absolutely amazing – we loved it – all four adults and five students. The children really enjoyed it. They loved watching the players as it is such a dynamic ensemble and very animated – we were all buzzing after.

I ended up taking Karen and Bella to the workshop in Broken Head the next day. It was an amazing experience to be up close and see how ensembles work. It gave the children a better understanding of program music and how the composers wrote the parts based on sonnets – really getting a feeling for the music and creating a contrast in their playing. 


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Whilst on tour we also had a large number of education events happening – string workshops in Armidale, Bellingen, Broken Head, Gold Coast and Noosa – as well as a schools’ concert at the Redland Performing Arts Centre to local music students in Cleveland.

After the final performance, a quartet from the orchestra then travelled to Mount Isa for an outdoor performance and also for a concert and string workshops at Mount Isa Central State School.

Probably the most special part of the Mount Isa trip, though, was performing over the radio to students in remote communities in Queensland and Northern Territory, in a concert facilitated by the Mount Isa School of the Air. Students listened to the performance from their own homes, and the ACOmusicians noted that it was one of the most memorable experiences they had ever had.

Phillippa Martin, ACO2 & ACO VIRTUAL Manager