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August 2017


On 2nd and 3rd of August I conducted two exciting concerts in the culmination of our residential youth exchange between Sym-Phonic Waves and Schoenbuch Strings (Germany).

The first concert took place in Clonbur Community Centre and was a free event for the community. We invited the children in the audience to sit among the orchestra while we played, and I also gave an 7 minute Introduction to Conducting workshop at the interval. Then, during the second half of the concert the brave volunteers (around 20, ranging in age from 3 - 80) had a chance to line up behind me, batons (straws!) in hand, and conduct the first movement of Mozart's Eine kleine Nachtmusik!! It was great fun, and brought people closer to the music!

Our final concert was in the Lodge at Ashford Castle on 3rd August and the combined young players of Sym-Phonic Waves and Schoenbuch strings (60 in total) really gave their all in a thrilling concert of music ranging from Warlock to Rautavaara.

I am so proud of the fantastic work these young people did during the intensive residential week before the concerts, huge credit for which goes to our amazing team of sectional tutors Erich Scheungraber (Violin), Katharina Baker (Viola), Gaby Scheungraber (Cello) and Theresa Turner (Bass). Thank you for making the project such a success!

Sym-Phonic Waves will perform at this year's Baboro children's festival, in partnership with Youth Ballet West. There might even be some more audience conductor participation!!

For photos of the residency and concert check out the Symphonic Waves FB page here.