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Double treat

Saturday, 24th March, 2018

Double bass player Ben Ward is enjoying the wide open spaces and some street performing. PICTURE: Emily Roberts Double bass player Ben Ward is enjoying the wide open spaces and some street performing. PICTURE: Emily Roberts

By Emily Roberts

A member of the Sydney Symphony Orchestra has travelled across the state and will be playing a show in the city tonight.

Double bass player Ben Ward will be performing at the Broken Hill Regional Art Gallery from 6.30pm in a free event.

He began his musical studies with the Newcastle Conservatorium children’s program at the age of four. 

At eight he began playing the violin and piano, but followed his passion for double bass at the age of 14.

Ben spent his final school years at the Conservatorium of Music High School and played in the SBS Youth Orchestra, Sydney Youth Orchestra and Australian Youth Orchestra.

He arrived in town early this week and has been exploring the place and recording the different sounds. 

“I’ve taken time off playing in Sydney and I had been thinking about the relevance of what it is to be Australian and engaging in that,” Ben told the BDT.

“I’ve been playing different styles, composing, recording and playing in the wilderness and with different musicians.

“I was looking for different perspectives outside of the Opera House and Sydney.”

Ben had spent time in Cobar recording as part of an art installation and will be bringing that to the performance tonight.

“It’s a different aspect I’ve put together for the show. 

“Broken Hill is almost as far away from Sydney as you can be in the state, and I’ve stopped along the way and engaged with different communities.”

Ben said his concert was open to everyone.

“It’s not too long and there will be a wide variety of music. I’ve written a piece for the occasion.

“It’s an opportunity for people to see the double bass on its own and hear what it sounds like. I think there will be something for everyone.

“It’s wonderful to be in the outback and explore NSW.”

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