MU­SIC’S LINK RE­MAINS FOR­EVER YOUNG

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MU­SIC spans gen­er­a­tion gaps — trum­peter Hil­lel Benedykt and vi­o­lin­ist Ella Whit­taker are proof of that.

Nine-year-old Ella is one of the younger mem­bers of Mel­bourne Youth Orches­tras, a Vic­to­rian arts or­gan­i­sa­tion ded­i­cated to “en­rich­ing young lives through the power of mu­sic’’. Hil­lel, 62, played trum­pet with the com­pany way back in the early ’70s.

When brought to­gether, ahead of a 50th an­niver­sary MYO con­cert on Sun­day, the pair did what came nat­u­rally — they played beau­ti­ful mu­sic.

MYO chief ex­ec­u­tive of­fi­cer Do­rian Jones said: “We have hun­dreds of stu­dents in nine en­sem­bles — the youngest aged eight, the old­est 25 — and ev­ery one of them is there be­cause they love it.’’

New Worlds, at Mel­bourne Recital Cen­tre, will fea­ture the MYO flag­ship en­sem­ble un­der Steven Hillinger’s ba­ton.

Stu­dents will also put on sur­prise per­for­mances at the State Li­brary in Septem­ber and a gala con­cert in Novem­ber.

Pic­ture: JAKE NOWAKOWSKI

Hil­lel Benedykt and Ella Whit­taker cel­e­brate 50 years of Mel­bourne Youth Orches­tras.

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