Music By Youth Primary School Workshop with the Acacia QuartetThe Bellingen Fine Music Festival’s acclaimed Music-By-Youth Project provides the opportunity for local music students of all ages to interact, learn and work with professional musicians and give public performances.  The project is funded by Camp Creative in memory of Peter Nance and by Festivals Australia of the Australian Government.   Music-By-Youth is an outstanding success. Having the opportunity to work with outstanding ensembles such as the Acacia Quartet is an invaluable experience for the students involved. Those graduating have all done extremely well in music for the HSC.

The project has a number of components:

MUSIC WORKSHOPS/PERFORMANCE The Acacia Quartet Ensemble from Sydney will provide a String Instruments Workshop for local primary school music studeMusic By Youth Project nts in the Bellingen Public School Hall on Thursday 22nd September from 1:10 pm to 3:10 pm.  They will provide a String Instruments Workshop for secondary school students in the Bellingen Memorial Hall on Friday 23rd September from 10:00 am to 11.30 in conjunction with the Bellingen Youth Orchestra rehearsal for their evening concert at the Festival.   The Acacia Quartet will join the Bellingen Youth Orchestra in performance for some works in this concert.

CLASSICAL BUSKING School students of all ages, grouped by school, have the opportunity to busk in the centre of the Bellingen Shopping Area on Saturday morning 24th September.

MENTORING/RECORDING/PERFORMANCE OF HSC STUDENT COMPOSITIONS Paul Jarman, Festival Composer-In-Residence will spend two separate days mentoring HSC Music 2 Students in writing their composition for HSC submission.  Up to six of these students who are writing compositions for a string quartet then have the opportunity to go to Sydney in August to have their works performed by the Acacia Quartet and recorded in the 102.5 FM Fine Music recording Studio for their HSC submission.  The Acacia Quartet will then perform Music By Youth and Paul Jarmontheir works in the Youth and Exuberance Opening Concert of the Music Festival in the Bellingen Memorial Hall on Friday 23rd  September.

MUSIC SLAM  Paul Jarman as adjudicator and Patti Kearns as compere will conduct a Music Slam for compositions written by local secondary school students and performed by their peers in the Bellingen Memorial Hall on Sunday 25th September from 10:00 am – 12:00 pm.  This will be followed by a private one hour collective session to discuss works and performance for all participants with Paul Jarman.  Up to fifteen works can be included.  Local secondary schools will be invited to participate.

The Music-By-Youth project is partly funded by Camp Creative
in memory of Peter Nance