Adelaide Youth Strings

Adelaide Youth Orchestras general manager Christopher Wainwright looks at exciting artistic experiences in store for children this year.

Music performed well and with enthusiasm is undoubtedly inspiring, especially when it involves animated and talented young musicians. The Adelaide Youth Orchestras (AdYO), comprising four orchestras and two ensembles, give more than 250 young musicians aged eight to 25 invaluable performance and life experiences.

Throughout 2013, all our orchestras and ensembles will be rehearsing every weekend during school terms to present concerts and school workshops to a total audience of 25,000 people. Highlights of this year's season include two concerts with the Adelaide Youth Wind Orchestra and the Adelaide Youth Strings (pictured) at Marion Cultural Centre, our sell-out Babies Proms and our Adelaide Town Hall gala concert with all the youth orchestras.

Children of all ages are welcome. Babies Proms are designed for zero to five year olds; four years and up can attend our community and grandparent concerts, which are more informal; and if your kids have a great attention span and an inquisitive nature, they will also enjoy our Maestro series and gala concerts. Tickets for children cost no more than $15, and are mostly less than $10. The prices are intended to give all South Australian children the chance to experience and participate in the arts.

Our Come Out festival returns in May, and for the first time we're collaborating with the acclaimed Musica Viva in Schools' The Rhythm Works to present school workshops and concerts at Wynn Vale and Morphett Vale. Through this inspiring collaboration, we hope primary-school-age students will discover the wonders of rhythm and percussive instruments.

Our ever-popular Maestro series concerts are held in Elder Hall at the University of Adelaide, and we will be presenting an all-British concert of works by Elgar, Vaughan Williams and Stanford, with acclaimed South Australian mezzosoprano Elizabeth Campbell performing Elgar's idyllic 'Sea Pictures'.

Babies Proms are our long-established 50-minute concerts, and will be held at the ASO Grainger Studio in Adelaide in October. This year's concerts will feature engaging, short, and lively orchestral pieces for children to move and dance to. There will also be opportunities for them to sing children's songs with the Young Adelaide Voices.

In November we will be auditioning for Adelaide Youth Orchestras' 2014 program, so if your child is a budding primary-school-age string musician we'd love them to try out.

Whether or not you or your children are avid classical-music lovers, our performances are always accessible, enjoyable and often filled with short, but well-known, orchestral masterpieces.

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Image based on a photo by Tony Lewis.

This article was first published in the February 2013 edition of Adelaide's Child.

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