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Six Central Coast Conservatorium students partake in intensive and inspiring orchestral project


Forty young musicians from across NSW meet in Tamworth for inspiring orchestral project at Regional Arts NSW’s Artstate.
Six Central Coast Conservatorium students will take part in intensive orchestral rehearsals culminating in a full-length symphony concert as the finale of Artstate Tamworth.

Forty young musicians from regional towns across NSW travelled to Tamworth yesterday, 30 October for four days of rehearsals, tutorials and a full-length concert performance, as members of Regional Youth Orchestra NSW.(RYO)

Hosted by Tamworth Regional Conservatorium, the students will prepare major symphonic works by Beethoven, Tchaikowsky, Sibelius and the popular Australian composer Elena Kats-Chernin for their concert on Sunday 3 November at 11am in the Tamworth War Memorial Town Hall.

Nick Bartley, Charlotte Donald, Sophie Kelly, Kayla Lush, Cooper Newton and Luke Stenbeck are representing the Central Coast Conservatorium at this exciting event.

"RYO is so special. I have forged some really great friendships at camp and it has become a highlight of my year now”, says Sophie Kelly (flute)

Flute student, Kayla Lush says, "as oboe is not my first instrument, I feel very honoured to be chosen to play. I've heard that there are some amazing players and teachers this year. I can't wait to see friends from last year." 

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.

“This is the third time we have held our RYO orchestral camp to coincide with the Artstate conference and festival presented by Regional Arts NSW,” says Anita Bellman, President of the Association of NSW Regional Conservatoriums and Director of Northern Rivers Conservatorium.

“RYO has performed the finale concert for Artstate 2017 in Lismore and Artstate 2018 in Bathurst. And before that, the inaugural RYO concert was at the national event Artlands, held in Dubbo in 2016 and also coordinated by Regional Arts NSW. So our partnership with Regional Arts NSW has been a key part of RYO’s development.”

Bringing the students together for this inspiring event in Tamworth has required months of planning on the part of the Association.

We have young musicians travelling all the way from Lismore, Coffs Harbour, Grafton, Gosford, Armidale, Bathurst, Dubbo, Orange and Wollongong, as well as a strong contingent of local Tamworth students,” says RYO conductor Patrick Brennan, Director of Central Coast Conservatorium.

“Our four-day program is packed with rehearsals and tutorials to prepare the challenging program of music for our Sunday concert.”

“Performing together in a regional town like Tamworth is a tremendous opportunity for these young regional musicians,” says Adam Wills, RYO conductor, Director of Clarence Valley Conservatorium and Vice President of the Association of NSW Regional Conservatoriums.

“RYO’s concert will showcase the high standard of playing these talented students have achieved with the help of their regional conservatoriums, and hopefully it will inspire younger students to excel as orchestral musicians.”

Regional Youth Orchestra NSW in Artstate Finale Concert
Sunday 3 November 11am
Tamworth War Memorial Town Hall, Fitzroy St Tamworth


Now an Artstate tradition, talented young musicians from Regional Conservatoriums across NSW perform in a FREE symphony orchestra concert as the closing event of Artstate Tamworth, Regional Arts NSW’s conference and festival. The program features Celebration Tango by Elena Kats-Chernin, Egmont Overture by Beethoven, Finlandia by Sibelius and Symphony No 4 by Tchaikowsky.

Regional Youth Orchestra NSW (RYO) showcases the musical talent of regional youth from the seventeen Regional Conservatoriums based in country towns across the state. These young musicians have performed at the Sydney Opera House and have been mentored by world-class conductors and players from the Australian World Orchestra, London Symphony Orchestra, Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, Staatskapelle Berlin, Sydney Symphony Orchestra and Opera Australia Orchestra.

 RYO is an initiative of the Association of NSW Regional Conservatoriums and is hosted in Tamworth by Tamworth Regional Conservatorium of Music.

See RYO in action at Artstate Bathurst 2018 and with Staatskapelle Berlin in this short video, courtesy of Sydney Opera House:

 Rosalie Paino, Acting Events and Communications Manager M 0406 458 385 E

L-R Kayla Lush, Sophie Kelly, Luke Stenbeck, Cooper Newton, absent from photo Nick Bartley and Charlotte Donald are in Tamworth to play in the Regional Youth Orchestra NSW.
egional Youth Orchestra NSW on the stage of the Concert Hall Sydney Opera House
Regional Youth Orchestra NSW in the foyer of the Sydney Opera House (Photo credit: Peter Adamik)

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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
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