Prac­tice makes per­fect

Alpine Observer - - Regional Extra - By ANITA McPHER­SON

PRAC­TISE and ded­i­ca­tion to her craft will see Thoona res­i­dent Emma Amery take to the stage at the Mel­bourne Recital Cen­tre this month to play vi­o­lin in a per­for­mance of Ho­mages with the Mel­bourne Youth Orches­tra.

The 18 year old who lives on the fam­ily farm and makes a 500 kilo­me­tre round trip each week to re­hearse with the orches­tra, holds the po­si­tion of “as­so­ciate con­cert­mas­ter,” which could best be de­scribed as “sec­ond fid­dle” to the lead vi­o­lin sit­ting clos­est to the con­duc­tor.

“If the con­cert­mas­ter is away or sick I have to step up (to that role) and I also help with or­gan­is­ing and as­sist­ing the sec­tion,” she said.

Emma has come a long way since she be­gan play­ing 12 years ago, start­ing when she was only six, al­though she can’t re­mem­ber ex­actly why vi­o­lin was her in­stru­ment of choice.

“My Mum plays vi­o­lin as well so I think I was kind of drawn to it,” she said.

“I’ve al­ways loved it and al­ways been the weird one who liked to prac­tise - and I love play­ing with other peo­ple.”

Cur­rently com­plet­ing year 12 through dis­tance ed­u­ca­tion, Emma com­mu­ni­cates with her teach­ers on­line, hav­ing been home schooled from an early age.

Af­ter a suc­cess­ful au­di­tion in 2014 she joined with the Percy Grainger Youth Orches­tra pro­gram, re­hears­ing each Satur­day and grad­u­ally hon­ing her tech­nique and per­for­mance skills.

Pre­par­ing for the per­for­mance of Ho­mages - which pays tribute to great Ger­man com­posers in­clud­ing Richard Strauss and Jo­hannes Brahms - re­quired or­ches­tral re­hearsals along with prepa­ra­tion of her own part at home.

De­scrib­ing her­self as a clas­si­cal mu­sic “geek”, Emma is look­ing for­ward to play­ing with vir­tu­oso mu­si­cians as part of the con­cert on Septem­ber 17.

PHOTO: Carolyne Amery

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