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WASO Education Week

WASO presents The Beat of Your Feet, a family concert featuring Paul Rissmann, Libby Hammer and conducted by Benjamin Northey. Photo: Kate Ferguson

“Bravo WASO! The excitement and enthusiasm generated with the young audience at one of [the] concerts at the Perth Concert Hall had to be experienced to be believed…. Thank you and well done WASO, its players and musicians.” B.Lillis, Letter to the Editor, published in The West Australian 26 June 2017.

WASO’s Community Engagement Department was delighted to reach 6,355 audience members across 15 performances in 7 different locations during Education Week this year.

WASO welcomed UK composer and educationalist Paul Rissmann as Artist-In-Residence, presenting a selection of his children’s programs for full orchestra as well as chamber programs with two newly formed ensembles, and WASO’s first ever education programs in Mandurah to a capacity audience.

Across the eight days, WASO delivered performances for primary school students and families at Perth Concert Hall and Mandurah Performing Arts Centre, a 90+ member Rusty Orchestra performance, Kids Cushion Concerts, a Hospital Orchestra Project at Princess Margaret Children’s Hospital, plus a composer development event and a conducting masterclass as part of the Young and Emerging Artists program. In addition, six free music education classes were presented as part of WASO’s El Sistema-inspired music education program, Crescendo, teaching more than 100 students in Kwinana.

Education Week takes place during Community Support Month, during which Paul Rissmann delivered the annual Judy Sienkiewicz Lecture, speaking about the importance and value of education and outreach programming for a modern 21st Century orchestra.