Recently, The Song Room was pleased to be involved in Strings Alive, a collaborative workshop by children participating in primary school instrumental programs.
Children from across Victoria performed for each other and an audience at the ABC Centre’s Iwaki Auditorium, before guest members of the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra conducted a demonstration of technical musicianship, drawing the children into playing an improvised piece as a complete ensemble.
Participating schools comprised the MSO’s Pizzicato Effect at Meadows Primary School, Sistema Australia’s Crashendo at Laverton Primary School, The Song Room’s Harmony in Strings located at Sacred Heart School, Fitzroy and The Heinz Project at Mooroopna Primary School. These four philanthropically supported programs were joined by students from Kyabram Primary School and a group from the Victoria College of the Arts Secondary School, who performed for the primary students showcasing the pathway from student to professional musician.
Stings Alive had its inaugural session last year at Deakin Edge. The success of the program inspired the MSO to host Strings Alive 2013 at the Iwaki Auditorium at the ABC Southbank Centre, giving children the opportunity to experience an afternoon as a professional, performing musician. The Iwaki Auditorium is the rehearsal studio for the world-renowned MSO where real live musicians practice their artform.
Students who performed were treated to a day in the life of a professional, practicing musician, with each ensemble given their own green room, normally reserved for players from the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra.
The event was a complete success, fostering a great sense of musical community between the ensembles, with each group gathered around for ‘high fives’ and congratulations at the conclusion of the performance!