Following on from an incredible week of collaborative education in Brisbane, we held our inaugural ASQ Day at Elder in the July school holidays.  This was an amazing experience for all 34 high schoolers, one primary student and four ASQers.  We met in the morning to form an un-conducted string chamber orchestra for the day.  We knew that the finished product was to be a public concert at 6:30pm in the University of Adelaide’s Elder Hall, so this involved quite a transformational journey.

We dove straight into Corelli’s Christmas Concerto and were immediately impressed by the high level of playing and preparation by everybody.  The rest of the program included a beautiful Impromptu by Sibelius, the complete Grieg Holberg Suite and Bartok’s popular Romanian Dances to finish.  Much of the day was about ensemble playing; breathing, moving, leading and listening.  Also, finding sound-colours together and the importance of articulation and bow distribution as a focus to bring a unified performance.

The concert turned out to be a huge success and it was inspiring to see what a group can achieve in a relatively short time with hard work and self-belief.

Thanks to all the participants, the Thyne Reid Foundation and the Elder Conservatorium at the University of Adelaide.

Stephen King, viola