The Sydney Symphony Orchestra performed a concert designed for people of all ages with physical and intellectual disability in October, allowing the Orchestra to engage with a new audience. Cairnsfoot School teacher Gary Page, who attended the concert with his students, said it felt like the event was tailored specifically for the needs of his class.
‘[The concert] was very educational and lots of fun,’ Mr Page said. ‘I loved seeing the students wave their hands in the air [practising conducting the orchestra].’
The concert, Come and Be Yourself, was held at the ABC Ultimo Centre. Audience members were able to express themselves without the ordinary conventions of attending a classical music concert. SSO Director of Learning and Engagement Kim Waldock said: ‘The concert was sometimes loud and fidgety as this is how the audience showed their enjoyment with the music — and this is fine. Classical music should elicit shouts of delight!’ Almost 150 adults and students attended the concert to hear the musicians play a program including Philip Jameson’s Introduction and Rondo as well as popular classical works.