Sixteen high school students from remote communities in Queensland and the Northern Territory travelled to Sydney last month with the Cathy Freeman Foundation, thanks to support from SSO Premier Partner Credit Suisse. Hailing from Palm Island, Woorabinda, Galiwin’ku and Wurrumiyanga, the students visited the Sydney Opera House for a behind-the-scenes tour and window into daily life at the iconic arts institution, capped off by a performance by members of the Sydney Symphony Orchestra Fellowship.
Daniel Henderson was one of seven SSO Fellows who performed for the students on the tour. “The students seemed excited to hear live music up so close,” he said. “They were very interested to learn how we started playing and our pathways to getting to the Fellowship.”
Daniel and his colleagues played works by Mozart and Poulenc before explaining the roles of their various instruments and inviting questions. The workshop was one of several outreach activities undertaken by the Fellows in their year-long mentorship with the SSO.