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QSO supports young talent from regional Queensland

Not everyone lives in a capital city and can attend regular concerts by their state’s symphony orchestra. But the six Australian symphony orchestras do everything possible to ensure all Australians are given the opportunity to enjoy fine music.

Ten-year-old Grant Dolbel from Chinchilla first met Queensland Symphony Orchestra’s David Montgomery (Section Principal Percussion) when the Orchestra traveled to the region in October 2016 for the Chinchilla Miles Roma Initiative. Grant plays drums with the Chinchilla Concert Band, which collaborated with the Orchestra on this visit. David Montgomery played with Grant and thought he was extraordinary for his age.

As a result, Grant now travels nearly 300km to Brisbane for a three-hour lesson with David every three weeks (accompanied on the four hour drive by his parents Amy and Wayne). Grant’s older brother plays the trombone, and also participated in the Chinchilla program.

The Chinchilla Miles Roma (CMR) Initiative is an innovative partnership between Principal Partner Australia Pacific LNG. Through programs such as this, the Orchestra demonstrates its commitment to including patrons from outside Brisbane in its concerts, workshops and opportunities.