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Queensland Symphony Orchestra supports young composers

Compose – Symphony for Tomorrow connects secondary school students with professional composers and performers, providing opportunities to improve students’ knowledge and skills in composition for orchestra. The program aims to strengthen ties between young people in schools and the QSO and encourages them in their aspirations to become composers.

Students from Brisbane Boys’ College, Mansfield State High School, and Brisbane State High School attended workshops with QSO cellist and composer Craig Allister Young before having their music performed by the full orchestra conducted by Gordon Hamilton in a public performance. Brisbane State High School students also worked on their song writing skills with musician Tyrone Noonan.

Brisbane Boys’ College student Sebastian Lingane was awarded a Certificate of Distinction giving him future mentoring opportunities and potential performance of a composition with QSO.

“When I first heard my piece played by the orchestra it was amazing to hear the piece come alive! Getting to work with Queensland Symphony Orchestra was an incredible opportunity.”  Stacey Weir, Mansfield State High School.

“The great thing about working with these students is they’re not biased by life experiences and other music, they’re hearing things for the first time. It’s great to hear them love music and start to create in this art form.”  Craig Allister Young, Program Director

QSO will develop the program further in 2020 and beyond, expanding to more schools and students across the State.