Playerlink program reaches into the Clarence for talent

SEVERAL Clarence Valley students will be involved with the Sydney Symphony Orchestra's prestigious Playerlink program.

The Playerlink program for school-aged students is coming to Bellingen for the very first time on Friday, November 6, hosted by the Coffs Harbour Conservatorium and Bellingen High School.

Held annually in various regional centres across New South Wales since 1994, Playerlink provides music students from schools across the region with the opportunity to receive mentoring from SSO musicians and to play alongside their mentors in a specially formed youth orchestra.

"The various initiatives of the SSO's Education and Emerging Artist programs combine to mould our elite young musicians into professional orchestral players," says SSO Director of Learning and Engagement Linda Lorenza. "Playerlink is a vital first step in that process, giving young musicians exposure to the real workings of a symphony orchestra and hopefully encouraging them to pursue their talent."

"In recent years, despite the fact Playerlink has been held in areas as widespread as Bathurst, Lismore and Albury, we've still had some dedicated students attend year after year and I think this demonstrates what a unique and valuable experience the program is for the students."

During three days of intensive workshops, the students explore ensemble playing, musical Principal Partner

interpretation and technical skills. The opportunity to work and speak with members of Australia's

premier orchestra also provides the students with insight into the world of a professional musician.

The program concludes with family and friends of the participating students as well as members of the local community being able to observe a workshop on Sunday 8 November at the Bellingen School Hall at 2pm. Entry to observe the workshop is free.

Part of the SSO's extensive education program, Playerlink caters to students aged 10 to 18 and acts as a platform for aspiring music students to go on to more advanced training programs such the orchestra's Fellowship program.

Playerlink is open to talented young orchestral musicians in Years 5-12 of approximately Grade 4/5 AMEB and above and applications close Wednesday 26 August. Visit http://www.sydneysymphony.com/playerlink for more information and to apply.



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