BlueScope Youth Orchestra ‘Goes to the Movies’ for regional NSW Tour and Youth Week 2022
Wollongong Conservatorium of Music’s flagship BlueScope Youth Orchestra had a regional tour of western NSW to celebrate Youth Week with a special concert entitled “BlueScope Goes to the Movies”.
Audiences in Cowra, Manildra and Parkes had the opportunity to hear popular tunes from some of cinemas most famous films; Harry Potter, Pirates of the Caribbean, La La Land, James Bond, Beauty and the Beast, The Pink Panther, The Avengers, and a John Williams Trilogy showcasing Stars Wars, Jurassic Park, and Raiders of the Lost Arc.
The music we selected to play for this tour is from some of the most famous films ever shown and provides broad appeal to audiences both young and old. Touring during Youth Week provides the opportunity to show younger regional audiences, who may not be familiar with classical orchestras, the broad range of music an orchestra can perform and the essential role orchestras still play in film-making.
Returning to regional NSW by invitation, members of the BlueScope Youth Orchestra were thrilled to be on the road, not least because they are supporting Youth Week – a national celebration of young people – which became a national event in Australia in 2000.
“We always enjoy touring during Youth Week. This year we really embraced it with a special session in Parkes where young people living in the area met the orchestra, learnt about playing instruments and gained some insight into what it is like to be in an orchestra and part of a Conservatorium.” said Tanya.
Members of the BlueScope Youth Orchestra
The orchestra also had a concert in Manildra where they performed for the very first time in the historical AMUSU Theatre, a 1930’s Art Deco Theatre and Museum featuring many of the original architectural fixtures, posters and memorabilia of yesteryears.
“Given our movie theme for this tour, we thought it appropriate to perform in one of NSW’s oldest heritage listed theatres which still shows films on a weekly basis.” said Tanya.
WollCon CEO David Francis says, “the BlueScope Youth Orchestra has an incredible 26-year tradition of touring, often through regional areas in Australia. This particular regional tour marks the 7th time in 26 years the orchestra has performed in the central western NSW region. Tours such as these are wonderful musical and social experiences for our musicians and they undoubtedly bring joy to both the performers and audiences.”
REGIONAL TOUR SCHEDULE 2022:
- Saturday 9th April – 2pm Cowra Civic Centre
- Sunday 10th April – 1.30pm AMUSU Theatre Manildra
- Monday 11th April (10am) Cooke Park Pavilion Parkes (Baby PROMS concert for 0-5 year olds)
- Monday 11th April (4-5pm) Cooke Park Pavilion Parkes (MEET THE BAND – an event especially for Youth Week – 12-24 year olds)
- Monday 11th April (6pm) Cooke Parke Pavilion Parkes*
*All proceeds to the mental health charity www.minus18.org.au
BlueScope Youth Orchestra is supported by the BlueScope Win Community Partnership Fund.
This tour is part of National Youth Week supported by the NSW Office for Regional Youth.
BlueScope Youth Orchestra is one of a number of Youth Ensembles and Orchestras run by WollCon.