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Queensland Symphony Orchestra’s Symphony for Tomorrow project showcased at Cairns Festival

Original compositions by secondary school students were performed recently in Babinda and Trinity Beach as part of Cairns Festival’s Suburban Satellites program. The works were created under the direction of QSO cellist Craig Allister Young, and songwriters Donna Dyson and Tyrone Noonan.

For the Symphony for Tomorrow project students were invited to collaborate on writing music that reflected issues relevant to their world. The project involved students from seven Cairns high schools and Indigenous choir Nite Vision, which performed the works alongside eight members of Queensland Symphony Orchestra. The students also performed the title song as part of QSO’s Superheroes! performance at Munro Martin Parklands on Saturday 1 September in front of an audience of 2,000 people.

‘I was completely blown away by the articulate and powerful nature of the songs,’ said Ros Pappalardo from Cairns Festival. ‘Being a songwriter and teacher myself, I am aware of the legacy that this work is going to leave on the community.’