“About a year ago the wonderful and clever Annie Phelan asked me to think about starting a senior ensemble under the banner of the Bellingen Youth Orchestra. After some deliberation, we drew inspiration from the incredible educator the late Richard Gill and his pilot student training programme with the Sydney Symphony Orchestra that was also called Sinfonia… and in my 23 years with the SSO I had the privilege to participate as a mentor… “(Amber Davis Artistic Director)
So based on this idea, Sinfonia started at the beginning of this year with a small group of the most advanced string students in the BYO and they have been working on Tchaikovsky String Serenade, the Danish String quartet music Woodworks and Corelli’s Christmas Concerto.
They have already performed at the June BYO concert and at a fundraiser concert at the Nambucca Arts Centre.
Bellingen Youth Orchestra String School
The Bellingen Youth Orchestra String School (BYOSS), which commenced at the beginning of 2018, is designed to advance promising and committed young players who are preparing to enter the Bellingen Youth Orchestra.
The ensemble is run by two passionate Suzuki-trained violin teachers, Jacquie Gill and Elizabeth Scott, with the assistance of cello tutor Tash Dyason.
Students are from Year 3-Year 7 and hail from almost every school in the district: Bellingen High, Bellingen Public, St Mary’s Primary, Orama Public, Urunga Public, Chrysalis Steiner School, Bishop Druitt College, John Paul College and Dorrigo Public.