Music workshop brings out the best in our young musicians

14 Sep 2009

Just like the movie, the Biloela School of Arts Hall was alive with the sound of music at the weekend, thanks to a visiting ensemble of renowned Queensland musicians and a group of our region’s up and coming talent.

The visit by the renowned Southern Cross Soloists and the Arts Hall community concert was sponsored by SunWater and the Biloela Arts Council and enabled young music students from Biloela and surrounding regions, the chance to gain one-on-one mentoring from some of Queensland’s leading music professionals.

After a two day intense workshop at Biloela State High School with the five visiting professionals, the students, aged between 7 and 16 were prepared enough to put on a finale concert to showcase their music skills to parents, family and friends.

Addressing the large audience that had gathered for the concert, Southern Cross Soloist Artistic Director Paul Dean said he was amazed at the high level of skill and determination shown by the students during the workshop.

“I was really encouraged by the level of commitment the musicians showed during the visit and their enormous enthusiasm to fine tune their skills,” Mr Dean said.

“The fact that some of these students have never played in a group before this weekend, but are now putting on a concert together after two days, is a gauge of how talented these music students really are.

“I and my fellow musicians are really pleased we have been able to visit and share our musical experience with these up and coming young talents and hope it has served to reinforce the musical passion they no doubt already have,” he said.

Banana Shire Mayor Cr John Hooper said he was also amazed at the high level of skill displayed at the concert and a proud citizen to know that his community could produce such fine artistic talent.

“To see some of our youngest community members, some who are as young at 7, achieve so much at such a young age is truly remarkable and I think I join those gathered at the concert on Sunday when I say how proud they made us feel,” Cr Hooper said.

“When you have witnessed this type of achievement from our youth, I think we really need to take our hats off to them and our own community music teachers as well as the Southern Cross Soloists who have taken the time to travel from Brisbane to share their talents,” he said.

SunWater Regional Manager Nev Wogandt said he was pleased SunWater could support such a worthwhile event.

“This is our fifth year as supporters of regional Queensland’s Youth Arts and as a regionally based organisation we are proud to be associated with such a fine cause and pleased to see how much it is working to develop our next generation of community leaders,” he said.

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