Musical ensembles in concert

Richard Gill

The skills of young musicians from around the state will be on display next month when more than 500 students, led by guest conductor Richard Gill, perform at the Sydney Town Hall.

The concert will feature NSW public schools' premier music ensembles and a mass choir of 400 students.

Mr Gill said he found the idea of working with a group of secondary students absolutely irresistible.

"I have never lost interest in working with students, especially those that sing," Mr Gill said.

"When secondary students sing, it's very special."

The department's Arts Unit manager, Louise Barkl, said Mr Gill will deliver a talk to the audience before the concert begins, using the combined choir to unpack the music for the audience.

"The Arts Unit is delighted to be working with a conductor and music educator of such renown as Richard Gill".

"He has inspired a generation of musicians and music teachers and will no doubt continue this legacy with our students at In Concert."

One of the 67 schools taking part will be Merewether High School.

Creative and performing arts head teacher Kim Sutherland said the concert was valuable because it exposed students to a repertoire they could not possibly attempt in most schools.

"The opportunity to perform in a quality venue such as the Sydney Town Hall with an orchestra is not something we can replicate, especially in a regional area."

"Works [by composers] such as Bartok and Vivaldi provide important challenges for students, and they sound best in a large ensemble.

"I think it is vital that programs such as these are provided to support choral music in schools."


In Concert

Monday 7 May 2012, Sydney Town Hall

6.15pm pre-concert talk with Richard Gill

7pm concert commences

Adults $35, concession $28

School groups $12 per student

To book visit City Recital Hall

or Call 8256 2222 or 1300 797 118

For more information call 8512 1100 or go to the Arts Unit website.

Photo: Richard Gill. Photo by Brendan Read.


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