The BlueScope Youth Orchestra is about to embark on a 5-day regional tour as part of its 2018 performance program. Leaving Thursday 12 April, the Orchestra will undertake a number of different types of concerts whilst away during Youth Week. Each year during Youth Week the BlueScope Youth Orchestra seeks to showcase the achievements of youth from the Illawarra to those in other regional areas of Australia. This year the Orchestra will be performing in Wagga, Temora and Yackandandah as well as Rutherglen and Beechworth in Victoria.
For the first time the students are going to become 'teachers for a day', teaching students from four different Year 7 classes at Kildare Catholic College in Wagga Wagga. Each class has the task of learning and preparing a different piece ready to be performed at 2pm that day. The Year 7 students involved only started learning their instruments 8 weeks ago, so it is hoped our students can impart as much knowledge as possible about how to play their particular instrument in the hour. The afternoon concert will then allow the Year 7s to play their easy parts with the BlueScope Youth Orchestra so they experience what it's like playing in an Orchestra. Nigel, Tanya and Tony are looking forward to watching how the Orchestra respond to the challenge.
Whilst in Wagga Wagga the Orchestra will also present a joint evening concert with the Riverina Youth Orchestra from the Riverina Conservatorium of Music. The Orchestra will then perform general community concerts in Temora and Yackandandah as guests of both the Temora and Indigo Shire Councils respectively. As the Victorian schools have finished their school holidays, the BlueScope Youth Orchestra will finish the tour performing Proms Concerts to students from Rutherglen Public School and St Mary's School Rutherglen, before being the first guests to perform in the brand new school hall at the Montessori School in Beechworth.