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Focus on young musical talent
Focus on young musical talent

A group of Bunbury’s musically talented youth received a priceless education from Australian rock orchestra DeepBlue last week.

The travelling orchestra, which has been holding workshops in regional WA and South Australia since early August, paid a visit to teach 55 up and coming music sensations the ropes before they joined the band in a live onstage performance.

DeepBlue violinist Greta Kelly said the aim of the workshops was to encourage young people to give some thought to their performance and not just technical perfection.

‘‘It is all about getting them away from the page because there’s so much focus on the music, when you’re learning you’re just looking at the dots,’’ she said.

‘‘It is about getting rid of that barrier between the performer and the audience and being able to express the music a lot more through movement and facial expression.’’

DeepBlue was formed in 2005 as a research project at Queensland’s University of Technology, where members set out to reinvent the orchestra for the 21st Century audience.

‘‘We re-invented it so much we aren’t even calling ourselves an orchestra any more because people have so many misconceptions about what an orchestra is,’’ Ms Kelly said.

Mackenzie Molewyk, 13, said she was inspired to play music by her parents and wanted to take it up professionally.

‘‘I want to be a professional french horn player, it’s just a heap of fun really, it’s just what I like doing,’’ she said.

Naomi King, 7, plays violin and piano and wants to be a musician.

‘‘I want to play music when I am older because my grandpa played for the Queen,’’ she said.