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String Workshops

Posted on 26 Feb 2016 by Cristina Maldonado

Every year ACO and ACO Collective musicians run string workshops with students across the country.  These free, three hour long workshops give talented young players the opportunity to develop their rehearsal skills and techniques.

The sessions focus on breathing, leading, listening, blending sound and performance style - incorporating the excitement and energy that the Orchestra has live on stage. A typical workshop combines full orchestra rehearsals, sectionals and end up with a performance for family and friends.


Satu Vänskä, ACO Principal Violin during a string workshop. Photo: Fiora Sacco.

Brisbane Teacher Suzanne Taylor explains the impact of the workshop in one of her students. ‘A student of mine, who took part in your String Workshop, last year, absolutely loved the experience. His love of music, which was already apparent, took on a new dimension. His attitude matured, he became more committed and interested in the bigger picture and he was keen to explore the inner depths of the music. A big thank you to all concerned,’ she says.


Peter Clarck, ACO Collective violin player, during a workshop in Canberra.

The ACO will conduct a workshop with students from Mount Scopus Memorial College, The King David School and Leibler Yavneh College as part of ACO at Melbourne Hebrew Congregation. These talented young string players will then perform alongside members of the ACO on Wed 9 March at 7pm. Tickets are available via Melbourne Synagogue.


ACO at Melbourne Hebrew Congregation

9 March
Melbourne Synagogue

HANDEL Concerto Grosso in A major, Op.6, No.11
MOZART (arr. Tognetti) Violin Concerto No.5 in A major
FRÖST Klezmer Dances
BEETHOVEN Cavatina from String Quartet in B-flat major, Op.130

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