Pulling strings pays off
IT’S thought to be decades since a classical orchestra performed in the shire, but that is about to change in early May when the esteemed 14-piece Camerata Chamber Orchestra arrives.
The Camerata, based in Brisbane, will perform in Cairns on May 3, and then in Mossman at the shire hall on the evening of Thursday, May 3. On the same day it will hold a workshop at Miallo State School in the morning, with three other district schools invited to attend also.
It will also involve music students from Mossman State High School in the evening performance.
The excitement about the visit is building.
“I’ve been here since 1976 and I can’t remember an orchestra of that level visiting Mossman,” said Mossman High music teacher Jenny Guyatt.
Ms Guyatt said she responded quickly when the or“It’s chestra first put out feelers to the schools as to who in the regions would be interested in a visit. Basically, she got in first.
She said the visit to the schools was really exciting.
“They’ve sent a heap of music. There are two songs, Palladio and Titanium, which the kids are going to be playing. They’ve been playing along with them on YouTube.
“Their composer in residence has sent me five cello parts of all varying grade of difficulty so that all my students, from beginners to high school Grade 12 can play with them.
very well arranged. I’m very impressed.”
In the evening concert Camerata will perform a new work by Brisbane composer Michael Patterson, who spent a few weeks at Paronella Park in Mena Creek gathering inspiration.
Camerata’s visit is a rare opportunity both for students and the public at large to experience a high standard orchestra in the shire.
“One thing we like to demonstrate is that music is a real career,” said Camerata second principal violinist and the organisation’s education officer Jonny Ng. “We have players from everywhere. In fact, half a dozen of them come from regional areas. One, Allana Wales, a violinist, is from Cairns.”
Mr Ng said playing in places like nursing homes and doing workshops was an important part of the orchestra’s work.
I’ve been here since 1976 and I can’t remember an orchestra of that level visiting Mossman Mossman music teacher Jenny Guyatt
Brisbane-based Camerata Chamber Orchestra will give a concert in Mossman and a workshop