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2006 Media Releases - Events - Country Energy - Proms On Tour

Issued Friday, 18 August 2006


If kids can’t come to the Opera House, bring the Opera House to them!

Country Energy Proms on Tour hits the road for the second time in 2006,bringing Sydney Opera House’s own Proms Orchestra into the backyards of children across far west and north western New South Wales.

Kicking off in Broken Hill this September, 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 14,000 kids across 46 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 far west and north west of NSW, taking in Broken Hill, Cobar, Bourke, Nyngan and Warren. The third tour, in November, will span the north western and central western regions of NSW, touring through Bathurst, Mudgee, Coonabarabran, Gilgandra, Dubbo and Parkes.

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 2
Monday 18 September Broken Hill
Tuesday 19 September Cobar
Wednesday 20 September Bourke
Thursday 21 September Nyngan
Friday 22 September Warren


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