Pulling strings pays off

Port Douglas & Mossman Gazette - - REAL ESTATE - Shane Ni­chols

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

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