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2006 Media Releases - Events - Babies Proms on Tour

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Issued Tuesday, 31 October 2006

SYDNEY OPERA HOUSE PRESENTS
BABIES PROMS ON TOUR

Award winning formula just the ticket for children in regional NSW

Hitting the road in November for the third and final time for this year, Country Energy Proms on Tour will bring Sydney Opera House’s own Proms Orchestra into the backyards of children across northwest and central western New South Wales, taking in Bathurst, Mudgee, Coonabarabran, Gilgandra, Dubbo and Parkes.

The Country Energy Proms on Tour series, an outstanding example of engagement between the private sector and the arts, was recently awarded the 2006 Australian Business Arts Foundation (AbaF) QantasLink Regional Award for NSW.

Since its inception in 2004, over 15,000 kids across 51 towns in regional NSW have experienced the magic of Country Energy Proms on Tour. This touring program gives children under 12, the opportunity to interact with the orchestra and experience violins, violas, cellos, the double bass and other amazing string instruments!

“It’s fantastic to bring our programs to a wider, non-metropolitan audience, making Sydney Opera House both geographically and financially accessible to everyone”, says Sydney Opera House Executive Producer, Phillip Rolfe.

This year alone the partnership between Country Energy and Sydney Opera House has supported approximately 28 performances of Strings & Things, reaching an estimated total audience of more than 5,500 young people. Some schools and groups travelled hundreds of kilometres not to miss this concert series.

Country Energy manages Australia’s largest energy supply network across 95 per cent of New South Wales’ land mass. Managing Director, Craig Murray said, “Country Energy Proms on Tour brings a normally out-of-reach experience to kids and their families living in regional communities across the State. We’re delighted to make this possible.”

The Proms concert series are the most popular and successful introduction-to-music programs in the history of Sydney Opera House, attracting more than 300,000 young children over the past decade. They provide entertaining, interactive and contemporary educational opportunities that seek to encourage young people’s enjoyment of live performance and engage them in a broader dialogue with the world in which they live.

Country Energy Proms on Tour 3
Monday 13 November Bathurst
Tuesday 14 November Mudgee
Wednesday 15 November Coonabarabran
Thursday 16 November Gilgandra
Friday 17 November Dubbo
Saturday 18 November Parkes
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