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Mei Wei Lim and Bellingen Youth Orchestra – Bellingen High School
June 24 @ 2:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Matinee 2 pm Evening 7 pm
Bellingen Youth Orchestra are delighted to be presenting a concert program with local pianist, Mei Wei Lim.
Bellingen Youth Orchestra has grown to be an orchestra of about 60 young local musicians. Led by Artistic Director, Ann Phelan, and supported by a wonderful team of teachers, tutors, and professional musicians, Bellingen Youth Orchestra continues to inspire people of all age groups within our community and beyond.
Mei Wei Lim is a graduate of The Royal Academy of Music, London, where she studied piano, piano accompaniment and flute. After extensive travel, she moved to the mid-north coast of NSW seven years ago, and now lives in Repton in the Bellingen shire. Mei is an accompanist at Bellingen High School, director of jazz choir Swingfonia and of Raleigh public school choir and musical director of Carols Urunga. Teacher, mentor and accompanist to many, Mei is well known for her extrovert performance style and her enthusiasm about music of all styles and eras. She is thrilled to be performing the first movement of Rachmaninoff’s piano concerto no. 2 with the Bellingen Youth Orchestra. The idea came up in conversation between Ann Phelan and Mei over 5 years ago. They studied the score and put the idea on a back-burner as the orchestra was not at the time capable of tackling such a complex orchestral score. Earlier this year, Ann revisited the idea as the youth orchestra is now of the calibre that the Rachmaninoff demands. Mei says, “the rich harmonies, the heart-wrenching beautiful main theme and the tone colours required of the piano make it a pleasure to play.” Mei will be accompanying former concertmaster of the BYO, violinist Lachlan Wilkins with a selection of violin showpieces, handpicked by Lachlan to move the audience to tears and delight.