Alive with the sound of mu­sic

Stu­dents to play with Queens­land Sym­phony Orches­tra in spe­cial con­cert

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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.”

PHOTO: JU­LIA BAKER

YOUNG TAL­ENT: Bud­ding mu­si­cian Libby Pren­tice is set to per­form with the Queens­land Sym­phony Orches­tra.

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