Share the joy of or­ches­tral mu­sic

Marlborough Midweek - - FRONT PAGE - PAULA HUL­BURT

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.

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