Thanks to the Bellingen Music Festival’s wonderful Music-By-Youth Project (MBY), three lucky young local musicians were in a professional recording studio in Sydney last week.
As part of their assessment, HSC Music students Liam Mallinson (Bellingen High) and Manu Rohri and Keiran Lopes (CHEC) had to compose a two-minute piece of music that incorporates musical developments over the last 25 years. The work must also be performed and recorded. Following mentoring with the festival’s professional composer-in residence, Paul Jarman, the three excited students headed off to Sydney where their compositions were recorded by the Acacia Quartet at the 102.5 FM Fine Music Recording Studio.
Ann Phelan, music teacher extraordinaire at Bellingen High said ‘How lucky our students are to have been given the chance to have their works realised by an ensemble as significant as the Acacia Quartet. It’s such an inspiration to have tutoring from one of Australia’s most respected composers, to perform a work written by him, to have the Acacia Quartet record your composition at 2mbsfm in Sydney and then have it performed at the Festival must be the ultimate in opportunities of the kind usually only available to city-based students.’
Later this year, the compositions by two of last year’s students, Lachlan Wilkins and Evie Bacigalupo, are to be performed on air by the Acacia Quartet as part of Fine Music 102.5 FM’s Australian Music Month – what an acknowledgment of our local talent. Lachlan is now studying music at Griffith University Conservatorium of Music and Blake Cutler, the other Bellingen 2015 participant is doing a double honours degree in Music and Education at Monash.
What will their compositions sound like? Come to the Bellingen Music Festival and hear the Acacia Quartet perform them. For more information about the Project and the festival visit www.bellingenmusicfestival.com
Camp Creative provides part-sponsorship over three years for the Music by Youth project as does Festivals Australia.