Bellingen High School HSC music students Melonie Taylor, Tarni St John and Oscar Schellhorn are currently in Sydney having their personal music compositions recorded by the acclaimed Acacia Quartet at the studios of Fine Music 102.5. The three students have been working tirelessly with music teacher Annie Phelan and are now reaping the rewards of their hard work. What an extraordinary opportunity for these young musicians, working with such accomplished and generous performers- all made possible by the Music-By-Youth Project.
The Music-By-Youth project is an innovative initiative of the Bellingen Fine Music Festival. This is the fourth year of the Music-by-Youth Project which is partially funded by Camp Creative in memory of the Festival’s founder, Peter Nance. The Project attempts to address some of the disadvantages faced by rural music students who cannot easily access composers, concerts, and the wide range of musical experiences that their city-based counterparts have easy access to. The Project has been an outstanding success, contributing in part to the fact that almost 80% of its participants are now studying music at tertiary level.
As part of their assessment, HSC music students are required to compose a two-minute piece of music that incorporates musical developments over the last 25 years. The work must also be performed and recorded. So for these lucky and very talented students, their compositions have been workshopped with and recorded by the Acacia Quartet. And we can all hear their compositions, performed by the Acacia Quartet at the Bellingen Fine Music Festival on Friday 23rd September at the Bellingen Memorial Hall, as part of the opening night of the 9th Bellingen Fine Music Festival.
Myee Clohessy, a member of Acacia, says it is a wonderful experience working with these young people. “The students are inspiring. They are both humble and polite, yet have a burning passion for their craft. We enjoy very much working with them.”
What will their compositions sound like? Come to the Bellingen Fine Music Festival and listen. For more information about the Bellingen Fine Music Festival 2018 and to purchase tickets visit the website.
Children 12 and under are free.