Young musicians to wow crowds at whale festival

YOUNG Fraser Coast musicians are being urged to register for a part in the Song to the Ocean performance at the Hervey Bay Whale Festival from 29-30 July, 2021.

Young musicians are being urged to register for a part in the 2021 performance of Song to the Ocean. PHOTO: Supplied.

Violin, cello and percussion students aged 13 to 17-years with a 3rd Grade Australian Music Examinations Board level (or equivalent) are invited to join the production.

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Fraser Coast Mayor George Seymour said the performance was a wonderful event for young musicians to participate in a prominent, professional event.

“Our students will gain music expression skills and hands-on experience alongside professional musicians, industry contacts and certificates of participation,” Cr Seymour said.

The mayor said Song to the Ocean was an adaption of Song to the Earth performed at various events by young Gold Coast musicians in 2018.

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The Hervey Bay Whale Festival production will involve 12 DeepBlue string players, 24 YoungBlue string players, Dr Michael Askill, Skylar Sansome, 5 gong players, and Whaia Whaea.

Participation is free but participants are required to attend every call in the lead-up to the event. 

If you want to get involved, you can register here.

Registrations close on April 30 and successful participants will be notified on May 7.

In late May, they will receive the sheet music and audio recording of their 30-minute part and are encouraged to learn it with their teacher.

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In late July participants will participate in the Song to the Ocean residency, involving three after-school workshops/rehearsal to develop playing ability and expressive performance techniques facilitated by DeepBlue, Dr Askill and Whaia Whaea. 

Immediately following the residency, participants will perform two consecutive evenings as part of this professional production at the Hervey Bay Whale Festival.

Cr Seymour said Fraser Coast Regional Council was working with Fraser Coast Tourism and Events to bring this very exciting performance to the region for this year’s whale festival.

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The project is funded by Festivals Australia and The Regional Arts Development Fund (RADF) which is a partnership between the Queensland Government and Fraser Coast Regional Council to support local arts and culture in regional Queensland.

For more information on the event, click here.

Watch highlights of Song to the Earth below:

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