Learn from the masters

BUDDING musicians and singers of both the young and old variety should take advantage of a fantastic convention coming to Grafton this Easter.

The Instrumental Convention offers four-days of workshops, lectures, concerts and master classes with internationally-renowned musicians.

George Torbay from TV show Battle of the Choirs will be holding workshops, as will flautist Janet Webb, trumpeter Greg Spence conductor Mark Eager, violinist Brendan Joyce, jazz musician Andy Firth and performance specialist Dr Peter Hubbard.

The convention is taking place at Grafton High School from April 10 to 13 and early bird tickets are still available, so get in quick to get your ticket.

For the next two weeks, tickets to the convention will cost $200 for school students, $230 for tertiary students and $260 for adults.

Organiser Melissa Philp said people of all ages and standards were welcome.

“You don't have to be a virtuoso. There's something there for everyone,” she said.

A limited number of scholarships are available for disadvantaged musicians. Those interested in buying tickets or applying for scholarships are asked to email

Out There has a ticket to the convention to give away to one lucky reader. To go in the draw, just fill in the form, name one of the musicians holding workshops, and drop it into one of The Daily Examiner offices.

The winner will be announced in Out There in two weeks time.

“There's something there for everyone.”

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