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2006 Media Releases - Events - Classical Kids Concert Tours Regional NSW!

Issued Thursday, 6 April 2006


A brand new concert series created especially for kids, Country Energy Proms on Tour,will take to the road to bring Sydney Opera House’s own ensemble string orchestra into the backyards of children across regional New South Wales in 2006.

Kicking off in Taree this May, Country Energy Proms on Tour and Sydney Opera House presents Strings & Things featuring high-energy conductor George Ellis (aka Big G) – a remarkable repertoire that introduces children to popular classics from Rossini’s William Tell Overture and Bach’s Air on a G String to Mozart’s Divertimento for Strings and Debussy’s Nocturnes.

In the past three years, over 12,000 kids across 35 towns in regional NSW have experienced the magic of Country Energy Proms on Tour. This touring program gives kids under 12, the opportunity to interact with the orchestra and experience violins, violas, cellos, the double bass and other amazing string instruments!

‘Without doubt, performing for kids is a magical experience,” said George Ellis. “You can see their faces light up when they hear the live music for many of the country kids they’re hearing and seeing the instruments for the first time.”

This year the partnership between Country Energy and Sydney Opera House will support approximately 28 performances of Strings & Things, reaching an estimated total audience of more than 5,500 young people. Some schools and groups travel 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.”

“There’s so much energy, enthusiasm and laughter at these concerts. Who knows, this incredible experience may even inspire one of the children in the audience to be the next Big G!”

Sydney Opera House Executive Producer, Philip Rolfe agreed “It’s fantastic to continue to bring our programs to a wider, non-metropolitan audience. The response from the first few tours has been sensational, with full houses at venues across the state.”

“Our performers learn a lot from visiting these areas and sharing their love of music with such a young, enthusiastic audience. It’s a tour we look forward to every year.”

Strings & Things brings the joy of live music to young audiences in the Northern regions of NSW. The second tour, in September, will travel the Far West of NSW, taking in Broken Hill and Wentworth. And in November, the third tour will span the North Western region of NSW, touring through Mudgee, Dubbo, Cobar and Bourke among other towns.

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.

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