Share the joy of orchestral music
Devoted musicians took the chance to develop their skills at a special music masterclass.
The sound of music filled the Wesley Centre in Blenheim as about 45 players of all ages, alongside an appreciative audience, packed the building to capacity.
Taking centre stage were members of the Christchurch Symphony Orchestra who were in town to share their expertise.
Marlborough Civic Orchestra chairperson Linda Lloyd says people from Christchurch, Nelson and Golden Bay made the trip to ensure they did not miss out.
‘‘Although it’s essentially a ‘training weekend’ for our own members we do like to include others to share the joy of orchestral music.
‘‘It’s a good opportunity for people in other places to enjoy a long weekend of great tutoring for their own personal benefit, as well as making wonderful music all for the joy of it ... and of course experience some Marlborough hospitality and wines.’’
Lloyd says the event is about encouraging talent and sharing expertise while having fun.
‘‘This year one lady came from Christchurch to attend - she’s an adult learner on French Horn.
She wants to come now every year as she loved the camaraderie, the music and how much she learnt over the weekend,’’ she says.
Violins, violas, cellos, flutes, clarinets, oboes, bassoon, french horns, trumpets, trombone, timpani and piano players spent time together preparing for a free concert for family members. Lloyd says the group also held an ensemble evening where musicians got together in smaller groups.
The orchestra is also on the look-out for members specifically to play harder to find instruments.
Members will stage four free 45-minute concerts for schools and community groups on June 26 at the ASB Theatre in Blenheim.
The Marlborough Civic Orchestra performs after a weekend of tutoring by members of the Christchurch Symphony Orchestra.