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2007 Media Release - Country Energy Proms On Tour

Issued Monday, October 15


Country Energy Proms on Tour hits the road for the second time in 2007, bringing the Sydney Opera House Proms Orchestra into the backyards of children across southern New South Wales.

Kicking off in Wagga Wagga on October 22, Country Energy Proms on Tour will present Strings & Things, a musical exploration of the fascinating sounds made by this popular range of instruments.

Set in a relaxed and interactive environment, this engaging musical concert introduces pre-school and primary school audiences to a dynamic range of music arranged for strings.

From Debussy’s Nocturnes and Bach’s Air on a G String to Mozart’s Divertimento for Strings and Rossini’s William Tell Overture, Strings & Things experiments with plucking, bowing, hitting and strumming to create a wondrous array of musical chords and harmony.

During the show, musical director and conductor, George Ellis (a.k.a Big G) explains the sounds and purpose of each instrument, from the violin and viola to the cello and double bass.

In the past three years, about 20,000 kids across 63 towns in regional NSW have experienced the magic of Country Energy Proms on Tour. This tour will also travel to Cootamundra, Young, Yass and Crookwell.

‘Without doubt, performing for kids is a magical experience,” said conductor 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 Country Energy and Sydney Opera House will support about 30 performances of Strings & Things, reaching an estimated total audience of more than 6,000 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 NSW. 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 spans 1.8 hectares, weighs more than 161 tonnes and contains nearly 1,000 rooms. With more than 645 kilometres of electrical cable, the national icon has the same power needs as a country town with a population of 25,000.

Sydney Opera House Executive Producer, Philip Rolfe agreed. “It’s fantastic to continue to bring our programs to a wider, non-metropolitan audience,” he said. ”The response over the last couple of years to the 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.”

The Proms series of concerts 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.

TOUR DETAILS: Country Energy Proms on Tour Strings and Things

10am & 11am Monday, October 22
Wagga Wagga Civic Theatre
Bookings: 6296 9688 or

10.30am Tuesday, October 23
The Arts Centre, Cootamundra
Bookings: 6942 4773 or 6942 1732

10am & 11.30am Wednesday, October 24
Southern Cross Cinema, Young
Bookings: 6382 1000

10.30am Thursday, October 25
Yass Memorial Hall
Bookings: 6226 2557

10am Friday, October 26
Crookwell Public School Hall
Bookings: 4832 1213

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