Artstate Finale Concert

28 Nov 2017 /

Talented young musicians from Regional Conservatoriums across the state travel to Lismore this week to perform a very special concert as the closing event of Artstate, the new conference and arts event of Regional Arts NSW.
“Northern Rivers Conservatorium is thrilled to be hosting Regional Youth Orchestra NSW in Lismore for a four-day music camp, ending with a wonderful free concert for all of Lismore to enjoy,” says Anita Bellman, Director of Northern Rivers Conservatorium.
“We have young musicians coming all the way from Dubbo in the Central West, Wagga and Albury down south, and more from Armidale, Tamworth, Coffs Harbour, Central Coast,Goulburn, Bathurst, Orange, Wollongong and the Upper Hunter, as well as our own Conservatorium students from Lismore.”
The regional music students range in age from 11 to 18 years, and are all members of Regional Youth Orchestra NSW (RYO), an auditioned orchestra of talented young musicians from the NSW Regional Conservatoriums, a network of 17 regional music schools funded by the NSW Government through the Department of Education to provide high quality music education in
regional areas.
Eleven tertiary students from Sydney Conservatorium will play alongside and mentor the younger regional musicians, as part of Sydney Conservatorium’s Richard Pulley Outreach and Regional Engagement Program, affectionately known as the “Buddy” program.
It’s been a busy year for Regional Youth Orchestra NSW (RYO NSW), which was established by the Association of NSW Regional Conservatoriums in 2016, as an outcome of several years of inspiring orchestral projects with some of the greatest orchestras in the world, including the London Symphony Orchestra and the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra.
“Our special projects with leading orchestras at the Sydney Opera House have been happening since 2012,’ says Vivienne Winther, Director of Macquarie Conservatorium in Dubbo, and one
of RYO’s organisers.
“But it was the invitation to give the closing concert for the 2016 Artlands Festival in Dubbo that was the catalyst to form an ongoing auditioned youth orchestra of students from NSW
Regional Conservatoriums.”
This year in July, RYO NSW students were thrilled to be mentored by world class musicians from the Australian World Orchestra and the Sydney Symphony Orchestra, and were hosted by Sydney Conservatorium for several days of intense rehearsals and masterclasses.
Now these young musicians meet up again in Lismore to rehearse and play a full-length concert program packed with classical favourites, hits from the movies and iconic Australian works.
“We are performing some beautiful music that everyone will enjoy,’ says Patrick Brennan, RYO conductor and Director of Central Coast Conservatorium.
“Rimsky-Korsakov’s Scheherazade and Verdi’s Overture to The Force of Destiny are popular and thrilling classics. We’ll also play entertaining music from Pirates of the Caribbean, Bernstein’s West Side Story and Copland’s Rodeo.”
Clarinettist Drew Gilchrist, a student from Coffs Harbour Conservatorium, will be soloist in the beautiful slow movement from Mozart’s famous Clarinet Concerto.
“This concert will definitely showcase and celebrate the amazing talent of youth in regional NSW,” says Adam Wills, RYO conductor and Director of Clarence Valley Conservatorium.
“A great way to finish the Artstate Festival, and free for everyone in Lismore to enjoy.”
Bring a picnic and enjoy the music with RYO NSW at the Artstate Finale Concert. This free concert starts at 11am on Sunday 3 December in the Lismore Quadrangle.

Image by Alex Wisser.