Alive with the sound of music
Students to play with Queensland Symphony Orchestra in special concert
IT’S not every day country kids get the opportunity to hone their musical skills with the best classically trained musicians in the state, but that’s exactly what budding clarinettist Libby Prentice has been doing in the lead-up to performing with the Queensland Symphony Orchestra.
The 14-year-old is set to take to the stage as part of the Chinchilla Christian College Concert Band alongside the QSO for a free community concert at the Chinchilla Cultural Centre.
The concert will be presented in partnership with Australia Pacific LNG on Wednesday, September 6, at 6pm.
It is the second consecutive year the music student is taking part in the Chinchilla Miles Roma Enrichment through Music (CMR) Initiative, an innovative partnership between Australia Pacific LNG and the Queensland Symphony Orchestra.
Libby, who has been playing the clarinet for about five years, said last year’s visit from QSO had helped her develop her musical ability.
“I think it’s made me more confident in trying new techniques and concentrating on areas of embouchure,” she said.
Libby’s performance comes after months spent taking Skype lessons with QSO’S acting associate principal clarinettist, Brian Catchlove.
“Last year, Mr Catchlove wanted to show me techniques but we didn’t get enough time when they were here, so he offered to give me a lesson when we went to Brisbane. He grew up in a rural area and he had to drive to Melbourne to get lessons so he understands being in a small country town and so he was willing to help and go the extra mile for me,” Libby said.
The budding clarinettist said performing on stage with QSO is just a “little bit nerve-racking”.
“It’s such a good feeling and you’re really proud of it afterwards and you remember it for a long time, it’s really exciting,” she said.
QSO will also be joined by the Chinchilla State High School Concert Band, Chinchilla Town Band and Chinchilla Adult String Ensemble.
Australia Pacific LNG chief executive officer Warwick King said the Western Downs region had many talented and enthusiastic musicians.
“Last year’s visit by the Queensland Symphony Orchestra to Chinchilla, Miles and Roma was a great success and we’re looking forward to an even bigger and better event this year,” he said.
“We’re especially pleased to be helping local school students to attend workshops to learn and play music with some of the best musicians in Queensland.
“I never learned to play an instrument and it’s something I’ve regretted so I would encourage the music students to really make the
❝ It’s such a good feeling and you’re really proud of it afterwards and you remember it for a long time, it’s really exciting.
— Libby Prentice
most of this wonderful opportunity to play with the very talented professional musicians from the Queensland Symphony Orchestra.
“The program is very popular with students, teachers and community members, and I’m sure they will be thrilled to be able to perform with and watch the Queensland Symphony Orchestra again at the community concert.”
YOUNG TALENT: Budding musician Libby Prentice is set to perform with the Queensland Symphony Orchestra.