Southern Gazette (South Perth) - - LIFESTYLE -

WA Youth Or­ches­tra makes the dream of join­ing a big en­sem­ble avail­able to young mu­si­cians who might not oth­er­wise have the op­por­tu­nity.

“In a place like Perth, you get some pri­vate schools that have good mu­sic pro­grams but you of­ten get other schools with very sparse mu­sic pro­grams,” WAYO mu­si­cal di­rec­tor Peter Moore said.

“WAYO has open au­di­tions ev­ery year, which means any gifted or good young­ster can join this big en­sem­ble; even stu­dents at UWA and WAAPA still join WAYO to get the big­ger reper­toire be­cause nei­ther in­sti­tu­tion has an or­ches­tra as big.

“The mu­sic is the ve­hi­cle but the so­cial in­ter­ac­tion is equally im­por­tant, just like on any sport­ing team.”

Moore, who teaches at UWA, takes or­ches­tra at WAAPA and has as­so­ci­a­tions with WASO and in­ter­na­tional con­cert ex­pe­ri­ence. He has been WAYO artis­tic di­rec­tor since 1988.

He will con­duct more than 80 young mu­si­cians rang­ing from 14 to 26 years old in WAYO’s first con­cert of 2017, Vive la France!, at Perth Con­cert Hall on Satur­day, May 27.

The pro­gram will fea­ture La Mar­seil­laise, Dukas’s L’Ap­prenti Sorcier (Sorcerer’s Ap­pren­tice), Les Biches by Poulenc and Franck’s Sym­phony in D mi­nor.

“We usu­ally try have a theme and we de­cided it would be nice to have a French theme be­cause you don’t get that too of­ten,” Moore said.

“At the end of last year we toured to Sin­ga­pore and Ja­pan and what tends to hap­pen when you do tours like that is that peo­ple hang on to do the tour and at the end there will be a large turnover.

“When we re­turned in Jan­uary, there were quite a few new mem­bers. I see my job is to help train the or­ches­tra through this first half of the year, to start push­ing up the stan­dard be­cause in the mid­dle of the year we have Vladimir Ver­bit­sky (con­duct­ing).”

Moore said he al­ways en­joyed the com­ments from au­di­ence mem­bers about how much they loved watch­ing WAYO mu­si­cians play.

“There is a strange qual­ity when you do a piece with a youth or­ches­tra, be­cause they’re young and some are play­ing a full sym­phony for the first time. There’s an en­thu­si­asm with this first brush; the kids get a buzz and the au­di­ence does as well,” he said.

Tanya MacNaughton

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