The first of two orchestral workshops held at Lithgow’s Mitchell Conservatorium was a resounding success on the 24 May. MitCon in conjunction with Lithgow Community Orchestra has invited Paul Smith, a highly experience musician, to run two workshops for musos to explore what it’s like playing in an ensemble.
One of the organisers, Peter Avery said, “I was delighted that locals who’ve never played in an orchestra came along to give it a go, enjoyed the experience and are coming to the next workshop. We’ve been through a rough time recently losing Gustaw Szelski an experienced musical director who’s been with us for the past 15 years, and to have MitCon come on board with Paul Smith, has been fantastic.”
Paul Smith comes with a wealth of experience, a specialist in cello and trumpet, a professional educator who studied conducting at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music.
The workshop attracted people young and old with a range of instruments from violin, cello, double bass, flute, clarinet, saxophone, trumpet and euphonium.
Kerry Danaher came with her euphonium and said: “It’s always enriching to come together with other musicians at varying stages of our musical journeys. There was a warm welcome for all. Great credit to Paul that he could pull out recognisable melodies from the array of instruments in attendance, not an easy task throwing in the mixed bag of levels of expertise (and ages – young and old) on offer.”
Don White an experienced clarinet player said, “I enjoyed the opportunity to play more challenging music. Mind you, there may be times when I will regret the challenge.”
Fran Ross said, “It was obvious that the facilitators had the knowledge and skills necessary to ensure the success of the venture. It was good to see a range of abilities and instruments and hopefully there are more people who would like to join in making music. I’m looking forward to the next!”
A second workshop will be held on Sunday 14 June from 4:30-6:30pm at Mitchell Conservatorium, Wylde Street under the railway viaduct and follow the signs. Anyone who reads music and plays an orchestral instrument is most welcome to come along.