Somerset Times

State Honours Ensemble Programme




Somerset Times Edition

Week 1,
Term Four, 2016

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Over the Term Three holidays, I was selected to be have the opportunity to be a part of State Honours Ensemble Programme (SHEP). This musical programme was designed to widen the perspectives of youth in musical aspects and is a great starting point to a future in this industry.

Over the four days we were placed in an unfamiliar environment with people from all over Queensland and world renowned conductors. We were handed out many different pieces of music, which over the three days of rehearsal time we learnt, practised and polished. I was fortunate to be a part of the William Lovelock Wind Ensemble, which has helped my development as a musician to flourish. On Sunday we performed in front of a large audience at the Conservatorium of Music, Griffith University, at Southbank, in Brisbane. This was both exhilarating and fun to perform all of the pieces we had worked tirelessly on to our family and friends. Overall this has been an amazing opportunity, for which I am extremely grateful. I recommend any aspiring musician to hand in a letter of interest in this programme when it comes around next year as it has endless positive outcomes from being a part of the programme.

- Amy Luke-Paredi

During the Term Three holidays, I was fortunate enough to be selected to participate in the State Honours Ensemble Programme on alto saxophone. I was placed in the Percy Grainger Wind Ensemble and after an intensive three days of rehearsals participated in a concert at the Queensland Conservatorium, Griffith University. This experience proved to be a useful one and it allowed me to create music with like-minded students from all around the State in a professional music environment. There were many lessons learned through this programme and I am certain I will use these to enhance my musical ability.

- Kevin Song

The State Honours Ensemble Programme was an amazing experience! After the three days spent learning the choral arrangements, it gave me an unbelievable feeling when it came time to perform on the Sunday. My conductor was out of this world. His experience and talent in music was inspirational and all other students in my group thrived off that! Although the rehearsals were tough and tiring, it was an amazing experience that I would recommend to everyone. My knowledge and expertise has now expanded from this wonderful experience! SHEP turned out to be an experience, not a "programme." Thank you for the opportunity, Mrs Roberts!

- Olivia Hodge

After nominating for the SHEP programme, I was asked to audition to be a part of the Peter Sculthorpe Symphony Orchestra. I successfully auditioned and became a part of the symphony. On arriving to the first rehearsal of the symphony orchestra, I found myself the only tuba, sitting next to two trombones and an especially loud bass trombone. During the course of the SHEP programme I met other aspiring musicians from violinists to bassoonists and became fast friends. The symphony was the final performance of the entire SHEP programme, playing Edward Elgar’s Cockaigne Overture, Dvorak’s Symphony No 8, and Brenton Broadstock's Federation Flourish. This year marks my final year of involvement with the SHEP programme after five years and I encourage any musician or chorister to take part in the experience.

- Declan Roberts

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