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Outback audience delights orchestra

Saturday, 31st May, 2014

Sydney Symphony Orchestra’s Kim Waldock at the School of the Air with a selection of musicians yesterday. PICTURE: Nick Gibbs Sydney Symphony Orchestra’s Kim Waldock at the School of the Air with a selection of musicians yesterday. PICTURE: Nick Gibbs

By Nick Gibbs

Scores of classically-trained musicians arrived in Broken Hill for a series of educational sessions and a public concert yesterday.

The trip is part of a rare tour through the NSW far west for the Sydney Symphony Orchestra, which played Cobar and Dubbo earlier this week.

Concerts were held at the Civic Centre for primary and secondary students before a special live broadcast for School of the Air.

The BDT caught up with a few of the musicians as they performed on camera to the delight of their audience scattered on stations across the region.

For Principal Timpanist, Rick Miller, the opportunity to introduce younger generations to classical music was something to be cherished.

“I love it,” he said. “I’m 65 and toward the end of my career so it’s great to see the excitement and joy of the students.

“We’ve had an absolutely amazing audience response.”

Understandably, Mr Miller’s position in the percussion section proved popular with the youngsters who could produce sound immediately.

Speaking yesterday afternoon, he said he was looking forward to last night’s final public concert of the tour and held 24-year-old conductor Daniel Carter in high regard.

“It’s incredible,” he said of Daniel’s role at such a young age.

SSO’s Head of Education, Kim Waldock agreed the tour had been a success.

“It’s been fantastic, we’ve been welcomed everywhere,” she said.

Giving students and amateur musicians the chance to engage with those at the peak of their profession was also a major plus.

“Very few people get that experience, in the city or the country,” she said.

Ms Waldock thought the orchestra would pull out all the stops for last night’s final concert of the tour and said she was looking forward to the “concert extravaganza” today.

The SSO will hold a workshop with the Broken Hill Community Orchestra and Brass Band in the BIU Band Hall at 10am.

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