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CLASSIC Sounds Orches­tra has grown from a small group of like-minded mu­si­cians to a be­he­moth of mu­si­cal ta­lent in the City of Ar­madale.

It be­gan as a group of res­i­dents who had played mu­sic in school, meet­ing once a fort­night to re­hearse and main­tain their skills.

Pres­i­dent and mu­sic di­rec­tor Rachel John said she hap­pened upon the idea while teach­ing mu­sic in schools.

“I re­alised there was a higher re­ten­tion rate among stu­dents if they were part of a group but there was noth­ing avail­able for peo­ple once they fin­ished school.”

Regis­ter­ing as an or­gan­i­sa­tion in 2012, Classic Sounds is now made up of six groups, in­clud­ing a for­mal orches­tra, brass en­sem­ble, string quar­tet and the Twin­kle Stars, a group for chil­dren aged two to eight.

Re­hearsals for the main or­ches­tras are held in Kelm­scott with nearly all mu­si­cians com­ing from Ar­madale.

Ms John said she runs re­hearsals for be­tween 60 to 100 mu­si­cians a week.

She was not sur­prised by the large pocket of ta­lent in the area.

“I think I knew there were a lot of peo­ple who were mu­si­cians in our re­gion,” she said.

“We’re very cul­tur­ally di­verse and it’s an af­ford­able place to live; artis­tic peo­ple are not high in­come earn­ers.”

The orches­tra re­lies on word-of-mouth to at­tract new mem­bers.

Ms John said the Ar­madale com­mu­nity very much ap­pre­ci­ated what the or­ches­tras had to of­fer.

Ms John cred­ited the orches­tra’s en­ter­tain­ing reper­toire which took, “the or­di­nary and made it ex­tra­or­di­nary.”

“Lis­ten­ing to mu­sic is sup­posed to be fun,” she said.

The mu­si­cians play from pur­chased mu­sic as well as ar­range­ments Ms John tai­lors to their in­stru­ments.

She said with­out the Classic Sounds Orches­tra com­mit­tee she would not have been able to keep ex­pand­ing the group.

“This year we’re go­ing to in­tro­duce a wind en­sem­ble, take part in the Min­nawarra Arts fes­ti­val and play at more beau­ti­ful lo­ca­tions around the city,” she said. Leanne Cre­sant, Rachel John and daugh­ter Heidi (4), Dave, Genevieve Og­den, Alyssa Ru­drum and Melissa Ru­drum. make it eas­ier when ap­ply­ing for fu­ture fund­ing,” Ms John said. The or­gan­i­sa­tion had a wish list in­clud­ing a trailer for trans­port­ing in­stru­ments and fund­ing for visits to coun­try re­gions.

Picture: Jon Hew­son­mu­ni­ d464739

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