Ju­nior jazz

Melville Times - - News - Tanya MacNaughton

The WA Youth Jazz Or­ches­tra will put on con­certs dur­ing the school hol­i­days.

CHIL­DREN have more ex­po­sure to celebrity singers than proper mu­si­cians but WA Youth Jazz Or­ches­tra is on a mis­sion to rec­tify this with free Jazz for Ju­niors con­certs dur­ing the school hol­i­days.

Part of the Awe­some In­ter­na­tional Arts Fes­ti­val for Bright Young Things, the per­for­mances will be on the Wet­lands Stage in Perth Cul­tural Cen­tre at 12.45pm on Oc­to­ber 1, 3 and 5.

“It’s very rare for a child to be able to go to a con­cert and see and hear a real mu­si­cal in­stru­ment be played, so that is al­ways the best part,” WAYJO ed­u­ca­tion co-or­di­na­tor Gemma Far­rell, of Wil­lagee, said.

“My own kids love Jazz for Ju­niors and al­ways ask me about the up­com­ing shows. I brought my daugh­ter and her friend along to some con­certs last year and he came out say­ing he wanted to be a trom­bon­ist. I don’t think there would be many kids who even knew what a trom­bon­ist was.”

WAYJO was in­vited to be part of this year’s Awe­some fes­ti­val pro­gram af­ter or­gan­is­ers at­tended one of the or­ches­tra’s Jazz for Ju­niors con­certs at His Majesty’s Theatre.

Far­rell, whose mu­si­cal ed­u­ca­tion in sax­o­phone took her from Perth Mod­ern to WAAPA, Queens­land Con­ser­va­to­rium and Am­s­ter­dam for her Masters, said this set of con­certs would fea­ture a range of Dis­ney film mu­sic.

“I’ve dis­cov­ered a whole new ap­pre­ci­a­tion for Dis­ney movies while I’ve been work­ing on the mu­sic for this one,” she said.

“It has beau­ti­ful har­mony. My six-year-old is par­tic­u­larly ex­cited about this new Dis­ney ad­di­tion.

“Kids will be able to in­ter­act with the mu­si­cians by ask­ing them ques­tions through­out the show and they will be able to dance.

“You don’t usu­ally see so many peo­ple jump­ing around with as much en­ergy to this kind of mu­sic.

“It’s quite ful­fill­ing.”

Pic­ture: Martin Ken­nealey www.com­mu­ni­typix.com.au d486856

WA Youth Jazz Or­ches­tra mem­bers James Chap­man, Lucy If­fla, Jemima Mills, Gavin Proude and Bob Tweedie.

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