Sunday, August 12 saw the combination of months of rehearsal and commitment come to fruition at the Festival Theatre in Adelaide as part of the Finale Concert for the Adelaide Guitar Festival. The orchestra came together for a Winter School in July school holidays for a week at the Festival Centre with Doctor Paul Svoboda from Brisbane Conducting. Approximately 60 Classical Guitar Students from various areas of Adelaide and surrounds participated in the school to learn the pieces performed.
The Guitar Orchestra was also made up of the Elder Conservatorium Ensemble University of Adelaide and the Aurora Ensemble from Queensland to complete the 96 strong Orchestra.
Local guitar teacher Anne Todd said it was a great experience, thrill and honour for her and her students to be part of such an inspiring group.
As an incentive for guitarists involved in the orchestra, Yamaha donated two Grand Concert Guitars to be given to a girl and a boy at the discretion of Conductor Dr. Svoboda. He announced the recipients just before the performance of the Finale Concert last Sunday night. To her surprise, 14-year-old Amelia Duval, from Strathalbyn was awarded one.
Amelia is in year nine the Eastern Fleurieu School 7-12 campus. Her teacher Anne said how much she deserved such an award. Her commitment to the Guitar and the Orchestra is admirable.
The music played by the Orchestra was Dr. Svoboda’s 2 compositions ‘Wongoling’ and ‘Echo’s of Rainshadows’ followed by Paul’s arrangements of Joni Mitchells ‘Both Sides Now’ and ‘The Joker’ by Leslie Bricusse and Anthony Newley better known as the theme from the TV show Kath and Kim.