Western Sydney Youth Orchestra: Launch

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Date: 26/03/2017

Starting at: 2:00 PM

Venue: Riverside: Theatre (Corner Church and Market Streets, Parramatta, NSW, )

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Sydney Youth Orchestras launches the Western Sydney Youth Orchestra

Dedicated to identifying and nurturing talented young musicians from everywhere across greater metropolitan Sydney

Sydney Youth Orchestras (SYO), in partnership with Riverside Theatres, is proud to announce the very first Western Sydney Youth Orchestra (WSYO). This new orchestra pulls together the best young musicians from across Western Sydney to rehearse each week and then perform together in a series of concerts throughout 2017 and beyond in Sydney’s Central city, Parramatta. Established in consultation with community and responding to the needs of young aspirational musicians, WSYO will enhance and complement the already excellent work undertaken by music teachers and schools in Western Sydney.

Led by highly regarded educator and conductor James Pensini, this classical orchestra will focus on the great works of Mozart, Haydn and Beethoven as a core part of the SYO orchestral Training Framework. James rose through the ranks of the SYO family himself on trumpet and is now Head of Brass, Woodwind and Percussion and Head of Bands at St Aloysius’ College, Mosman – he also conducts the SYO’s Symphonic Wind Orchestra.

The new WYSO, supported by Founding Partners Fort Street Capital with Dixon Advisory, aims to provide educational opportunities for musicians in Greater Western Sydney.

“Young Western Sydney musicians might have been dissuaded from auditioning for SYO because of the distance to our main operations in Sydney city. Acknowledging this, we have shifted ourselves to where the musicians are, bringing SYO to them,” says SYO CEO Yarmila Alfonzetti. “We have people coming to SYO from far and wide, and we are excited about recognising talent everywhere. SYO’s Strategic Plan includes firm milestones to address the most significant barriers to participation in classical music, and we know one of these is geographical location.”

With almost a quarter of the State’s young people living in Western Sydney, the establishment of WSYO will encourage participation from musicians who might not be able to make it into Sydney’s CBD for rehearsals once a week. Youth orchestras create a unique, inspiring environment for young musicians where they can feel free to express what it is they are passionate about, even if that is classical music. “We have 15-year-old boys hanging around after rehearsals discussing their favourite Mahler symphony or Strauss Tone Poem,” Alfonzetti explained. “The WSYO will have the same opportunities and educational experiences as the other senior orchestras in SYO. We believe that what we offer can inspire and change lives, and everyone deserves that. This is SYO core business.”
SYO began in 1973 with a single orchestra, but in 2017 the organisation will provide weekly orchestral training for musicians aged from 6-25 in 12 ensembles. “We are dedicated to identifying and nurturing talented young musicians from across greater Sydney and beyond,” said Alfonzetti, “and once identified, we work tirelessly to provide them with quality opportunities, orchestral training and music education”.

SYO is thrilled to be able to offer their outstanding orchestral training in Parramatta and look forward to working with these dynamic young musicians. Please join us for the inaugural performance at 2pm on Sunday 26 March at Riverside Theatres. To secure your tickets and for further information please visit www.syo.com.au  

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