music / “Sticks and Stones”. The Song Company with Oday Al Khatib. At Wesley Uniting Church, March 24. Reviewed by GRAHAM McDONALD
“THINGS are motoring away here at the Young Music Society,” says artistic director and manager, Stephen Leek.You can say that again. With the new free monthly “Sunday Music by Lake Ginninderra Series” ready to take off this weekend at Belconnen Arts Centre, they’re now working on the Autumn Music School for primary-aged children in April.
The Sunday concert, Leek explains, is an attempt to showcase some of the fine music taking place in Canberra by music teachers and their best pupils and also “an offering to the many parents who have asked us about suitable events that they can take their kids to have exposure to fine music of a high standard at a time when the whole family can attend”.
The event will feature the talents of the ACT Senior Concert Band and The ACT Flute Ensemble performing under conductors Naida Blackley and Claire Leske, the latter a former band member now teaching and conducting with the Instrumental Music Program.
The ACT Senior Concert Band is made up of students from Years 9 to 12 in the ACT who audition for membership of this ensemble of excellence. The ensemble of about 80 musicians have travelled internationally many times and maintain a strong relationship with Ichijo High School Band in Canberra’s sister city, Nara, Japan. They perform a variety of styles of music at a range of community events throughout the year, including the Schools’ ANZAC Service, Floriade and the Canberra Nara Candle festival.
Members of the public are invited to bring the family, friends, a rug and a cushion and hear Canberra’s finest young musicians put through their paces in a relaxed outdoor setting outside the Arts Centre overlooking the lake. Cake, coffee, tea and soft drinks will be available for sale in support of the Young Music Society purchasing new hire instruments for Canberra’s young musicians.
Sunday Music by Lake Ginninderra. Concert 1, Belconnen Arts Centre, 118 Emu Bank, Belconnen. Sunday, March 19, 2.30pm–3.30pm (refreshments available from 1pm). Free and no booking required. All inquiries about coming holiday programs to youngmusicsociety.org.au