Local Gladstone students perform with Queensland Symphony Orchestra

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Local Gladstone students will work side by side with some of the state’s best musicians when the Queensland Symphony Orchestra (QSO) comes to town on Thursday 28 May and Friday 29 May.

The hands-on instrumental workshops are part of the Gladstone Enrichment through Music Initiative (GEM Initiative) presented by Australia Pacific LNG and QSO.

The unique partnership, now in its fourth year, supports local musicians and their teachers year-round through a suite of instrument demonstrations, small group tutorials, professional development workshops, performance opportunities and access to both streamed and live orchestral concerts.

On Thursday 28 May, 13 QSO musicians will conduct demonstrations of string, woodwind and brass instruments across 14 primary schools in Gladstone, along with a professional development session for percussion teachers.

On Friday 29 May, high school instrumental students from Gladstone State High School, Tannum Sands State High School, Tooloola State High School and Chanel College will be part of a day-long training session featuring workshops and tutorials that will culminate in a special evening community concert featuring the students, members of the local Encore Concert Band and String Ensemble, The Company of Voices and the QSO.

The community concert will be held at the Gladstone Entertainment Convention Centre Theatre at 7pm. Entry is free and family and friends are encouraged to come and support Gladstone’s student and community musicians.

Gladstone State School music teacher, Angie Clifton said having the QSO travel to regional Queensland to work closely with her students was of great benefit.

“Last year our Symphonic Band got into the state finals for Fanfare. They saw how playing as a group and working on their own individual technique can get them to the next stage in their ensemble’s practices, so it’s valuable beyond compare,” Ms Clifton said.

Robert Gibb, Australia Pacific LNG Community Relations Manager said: “We’re delighted that the educational and community elements of our partnership with QSO in Gladstone keep getting stronger each year.

“We are really excited to bring QSO musicians to Gladstone again in 2015. This hands-on access to musicians and their expertise is a unique opportunity for our young local musicians and their teachers.

The entire Orchestra will return to Gladstone on 7 August 2015 to present Movie Masterpieces, a free evening of superb outdoor entertainment at the Gladstone Marina Stage. Students will also be treated to a special schools concert at 10am the same day. For more details about these performances call the Gladstone Entertainment Convention Centre on 4972 2822.

The QSO performances in Gladstone are presented by Australia Pacific LNG and supported by the Gladstone Entertainment Convention Centre and Tim Fairfax Family Foundation.