Guitar Orchestra Performance - Melbourne Recital Centre
Friday 30th June was both the last day of semester one and the last day of a very big week for the students and the teachers in the Music Department. No rest for the wicked, as the saying goes, nor for the students in the Guitar Orchestra, who travelled to the Melbourne Recital Centre to perform with Karin Schaupp and Katie Noonan in the final concert of their national tour “Songs of the Latin Skies”
Here is an excerpt of the review from a music critic who attended the concert:
Special guests for a couple of items in the evening were cellist Zoe Knighton and the Strathmore Secondary College Guitar Orchestra – nineteen young guitarists and a double bass player. Knighton’s highly expressive melodic playing contributed the effect of a second voice in dialogue with Noonan’s. The Guitar Orchestra on the other hand had the effect of spreading the texture of the backing to an acoustical room-wide phenomenon – a spatial effect probably heightened by the exemplary acoustics of the Elisabeth Murdoch Hall. It was a delight, and no doubt an inspiration to the young musicians to work with such skills and artistry at close quarters. Experiences such as these can indeed shape a young life.
What an amazing opportunity for our guitar orchestra! The orchestra sounded amazing and the experience was second to none for our guitar students. Thanks to our classical guitar teacher, Alex Velasco, for preparing our students so well for this performance.
You can read the full review here -