Just the start for local musos
Jacob Bell shines during SHEP program
PERFORMING in front of hundreds is difficult at the best of times – performing in front of hundreds while keeping tempo with 94 fellow musicians is even harder.
But it was a challenge accepted by local muso Jacob Bell, 11, who represented Cannonvale State School at the State Honours Ensemble Program in Mackay last Saturday.
Held annually, the SHEP program gives young musicians the opportunity to work with a team of eminent conductors from Queensland Conservatorium, Griffith University during intensive weekend workshops.
Jacob’s dedication to practice and musical excellence in playing the clarinet earned him a nomination and selection for the SHEP program alongside Tegan Hanks and Ethan Smith from Proserpine State High School.
At the end of the workshop students held a concert playing four pieces of music for parents, families and friends to enjoy and showcase their skills.
Jacob’s mother Giselle Burton said seeing the students perform during the final performance was an incredibly proud moment.
“The students were there for six hours a day participating in workshops and practising their instruments,” Ms Burton said.
“He was very excited he didn’t make any mistakes. Jacob’s quite a high achiever. These events really encourage him and, as a result, he strives to do better.”
The program attracted 95 students overall, excelling in musical performance from 17 different schools around the region, who participated in the workshop and final concert at the Mackay North State High School.
But this is just the start for Jacob.
He’ll be sitting his grade 2 clarinet in Mackay next week through the Australian Music Examinations Board and is already looking to land a spot in the school band next year.
Ms Burton said these opportunities were invaluable for local children.
“Little bits of different challenges take them out of their normal comfort zone,” she said.
“But then they succeed in what they’re doing and develop confidence and that’s what’s important.”
❝quite Jacob’s a high achiever. These events really encourage him and, as a result, he strives to do better. — Giselle Burton
MUSICAL GENIUS: Tegan Hanks, Jacob Bell and Ethan Smith were selected to participate in the State Honours Ensemble Program hosted by Griffith University.