With the ACO Inspire Quartet, I have travelled across Australia, educating and performing music for young people. Our aim is to inspire young students through our love of music. But every time I visit The Royal Children's Hospital (RCH) Education Institute in Melbourne, it’s my turn to walk away inspired.
The young people we meet are so brave, and face each new challenge with an incredible strength. It’s an absolute privilege for me to be able to collaborate with them, to help them express themselves so beautifully through music.
We have recorded string quartet music in the hospital classroom, to accompany songs written and sung by patients. We engage the students in the creative process, asking for their input on how they would like us to play their piece. The final product will be released as a CD, representing the collective efforts of many young patients. We’ve also facilitated large-scale public concerts in the main hospital foyer for patients, their families, and friends. Finally, we have visited wards where patients are too unwell to leave their rooms. We bring the live performance of music to the bedside of these young people, to an environment largely dominated by the relentless beeping of machines.
The ACO Inspire Quartet has now visited The Royal Children’s Hospital on five occasions, and we look forward to our next visit in December. We’re proud to be able to support the RCH and its young patients, and it’s wonderful to witness how music can contribute to learning and healing.
Peter Clark, ACO Inspire Quartet
Our National Education Program provides students and young musicians with the skills and inspiration for their lifelong musical journey.