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Five Central Coast Conservatorium Students partake in an inspiring orchestral project


Forty young musicians from across NSW meet in Goulburn and Canberra for inspiring orchestral project.
Five Central Coast Conservatorium students will take part in orchestral tutorials with leading musicians from the Australian World Orchestra and the ANU School of Music at a four-day orchestra camp held in Goulburn and Canberra – Thursday to Monday 25-29 July 2019

Forty young musicians from regional towns across NSW travel to Goulburn and Canberra this July for four days of rehearsals, tutorials and concerts, as members of Regional Youth Orchestra NSW.

For the first part of this project, the students are hosted in Goulburn by Hume Conservatorium for two and half days of orchestral rehearsals, preparing major symphonic works by Tchaikowsky and Sibelius.

The students then travel to Canberra on Saturday 27 July to attend a concert given by the Australian World Orchestra, a unique ensemble made up of the very best Australian musicians drawn from top orchestras around the world. On Sunday 28 July, the students have intensive tutorials with nine top players from the Australian World Orchestra.

The orchestra camp finishes on Monday 29 July at ANU School of Music, where they will spend the day with music lecturers and tertiary students, before giving a short informal performance for family and friends at the end of the day.

Sophie Kelly, Kayla Lush, Nick Bartley, Charlotte Donald and Cooper Newton will represent Central Coast Conservatorium at this exciting event.

The regional music students selected for this opportunity range in age from 11 to 20 years. They are all members of Regional Youth Orchestra NSW (RYO), an auditioned orchestra of talented young musicians established in 2016 by the Association of NSW Regional Conservatoriums.

RYO draws its players from the Association’s 17 regional conservatoriums, all funded by the NSW Government to provide high quality music education for regional schools and communities.

“The Association of NSW Regional Conservatoriums has forged wonderful partnerships with a number of leading music organisations,” says President of the Association and Director of Northern Rivers Conservatorium, Anita Bellman.

“Our July project sees us collaborate for the fifth time with our major partner, the Australian World Orchestra, as well as for the first time with one of Australia’s leading tertiary music institutions, the Australian National University’s School of Music, both providing the best possible opportunities for our talented young musicians.”

Bringing the students together for this inspiring program of activities in Goulburn and Canberra has required months of planning on the part of the Association.

“We have young musicians coming all the way from Lismore in the north, Wagga down south, and from Armidale, Bathurst, Coffs Harbour, Dubbo, Grafton, Goulburn, Gosford, Muswellbrook, Orange, Tamworth and Wollongong,” says RYO conductor and Artistic Director of Central Coast Conservatorium, Patrick Brennan, who is also Chair of the Association’s Performance Projects Committee.

“Our four-day program is packed with rehearsals, tutorials and attending concerts. At our previous orchestral projects, the students gained real insight into the life of a professional musician and several decided to pursue music as a career as a result.”

The young musicians of RYO will meet up again in November, this time in Tamworth, where they have been invited to perform a concert for Artstate, Regional Arts NSW’s conference and festival.

“The repertoire we work on this July will form part of the concert program for the Tamworth project,” says Adam Wills, RYO conductor, Director of Clarence Valley Conservatorium and Vice President of the Association of NSW Regional Conservatoriums.

“So getting together for these four days and working with expert professional musicians will be very inspiring for RYO’s future performances.”

MEDIA INQUIRIES: for interviews and more information please contact
Rosalie Paino, Events and Communications, Central Coast Conservatorium of Music
E P (02) 4324 7477


Members of the Central Coast Youth Orchestra
L-R Kayla Lush, Cooper Newton, Sophie Kelly, Charlotte Donald (absent Nick Bartley – Bassoon) travel to Goulburn and Canberra to play in the Regional Youth Orchestra NSW.

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Term Dates

The Central Coast Conservatorium operates to NSW Department of Education School Gazetted Term dates

Term 1
1-1 Lessons Wed 27/1 to Thur 1/4
Sat Strings Ensembles Sat 6/2 - Sat 26/3
CCYO & Ext program Tue 9/2 - Tue 30/03
PWE & SWO Wed 10/2 - Wed 31/03

Term 2
Monday 19/4 to Saturday 26/06 

Term 3
Monday 12/7 to Saturday 18/09

Term 4
Monday 05/10 to Saturday 18/12

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We seek to inspire our Central Coast community to engage in and value music as an integral part of life through comprehensive music education and artistic endeavour.