During the final week of the school break, talented Braemar College musician Amelia Eddy spent time in Hamilton at an Orchestra Victoria three day mOVe Workshop.
Students had the opportunity to work on selected orchestra works over three days alongside members of the orchestra itself who, if you went to see Cinderella or The Dream, would have been playing the music in the pit.
Amelia plays clarinet and worked alongside professional clarinetist Andrew Mitchell. There were full orchestra rehearsals, instrumental tutorials and pop-up performances at Coles, cafés and Bendigo Bank.
Amelia stayed on for a personal masterclass the day after by Principle Clarinetist Paul Champion. She says, “The entire week was a fabulous experience and the Orchestra later held a free open rehearsal where you could get an insight to their working day.”
The students were conducted by Simon Thew who has travelled from Vienna to Barcelona and further for conducting, and conducts performances alongside the Australian Ballet.
Amelia advises, “If anyone is interested, an On the mOVe Workshop will take place in Bendigo in August.
To apply, see their website orchestravictoria.com.au.
You can find them on Twitter or Facebook under #pitandproud. The program is free and if you study an orchestral instrument then don’t hesitate as you are sure to get something out of the experience!”