Students in symphony with London Orchestra

Public school students


It has been 30 years since the London Symphony Orchestra visited Australia and more than 100 years since one of the most influential composers of the 20th century, Igor Stravinsky wrote Petrushka

Last week, 26 NSW public school students from across the state performed their compositions inspired by this famous piece of music with members of the London Symphony Orchestra (LSO) at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music.

Under the tutelage of Paul Rissmann, a composer, presenter and music educator from LSO Discovery (a community and music education program) music students in Years 9, 10 and 11 created their own compositions inspired by Stravinsky's Petrushka.

The project entitled ‘MAKE', is a new partnership between the LSO, the Opera House and NSW Department of Education and Communities Arts Unit. MAKE gives up to 30 NSW public school students the opportunity to expand and explore their composition skills and ideas with Mr Rissmann and other LSO performers. Students participating in MAKE have the opportunity to experience the London Symphony Orchestra in concert and rehearsal.

Students worked closely with Mr Rissmann over five workshop days to devise elements of a piece that could then be performed as a whole. The students presented their finished group composition alongside members of the famous Orchestra at a performance at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music to a captivated audience.


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