CLAS­SIC AP­PROACH

Cockburn Gazette - - STREET WATCH - Sara Fitz­patrick

AS a mem­ber of Perth Sym­phony Orches­tra, vi­o­lin­ist Pas­cale Whit­ing has come to ex­pect the un­ex­pected.

Last year she bashed out the sounds of Seat­tle grunge gods, Nir­vana with End of Fash­ion’s Justin Bur­ford on vo­cals, and plucked the works of Mozart with a Steam­punk edge in the Mid­land Rail­way Work­shops.

So when the job of per­form­ing Min­istry of Sound dance floor clas­sics by Fat­boy Slim, Mas­sive At­tack and Un­der­world re­cently arose, she was hardly sur­prised.

“That’s their tag: ‘the orches­tra that makes the rules’ and that’s what’s in­cred­i­ble about them,” Whit­ing said. “They are con­stantly push­ing the bound­aries and think­ing out­side the clas­si­cal mu­sic box.

“We’re so used to do­ing all sorts of mu­sic now that we just switch into it – we do ev­ery pos­si­ble genre that you can imagine.”

The orches­tra per­forms with home­grown tal­ents DJ Groove Ter­mi­na­tor and vo­cal­ists Daniel Mer­ri­weather and Ilan Kidron (The Pot­belleez), and UK singer Ali­son Lim­er­ick at Kings Park & Botanic Gar­den.

The mu­sic comes easy for

Whit­ing and the en­sem­ble; their big­gest hur­dle con­cerns the venue.

“Out­door gigs can be a chal­lenge,” Whit­ing said. “If we were to per­form in the same space each time we’d get used to the acous­tics and learn to work with that space, whereas with ev­ery con­cert we do we have to re­ally adapt.

“We love that chal­lenge and dis­cover places with the most in­cred­i­ble acous­tics that we could never pos­si­bly have imag­ined, like the E Shed mar­kets in Fre­man­tle.”

Whit­ing joined the orches­tra at its in­cep­tion in 2011 and has come to ap­pre­ci­ate her role on a new level since be­com­ing a mum.

“I can be with my two-year-old son the whole time dur­ing the day and be com­pletely de­voted to him and then re­hearse and do con­certs all night – it is an amaz­ing bal­ance,” she said.

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Perth Sym­phony Orches­tra vi­o­lin­ist Pas­cale Whit­ing.

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