6 October 2017
The State Honours Ensemble Program in Brisbane was a three-day intensive music program which ended in several concerts. It included 12 ensembles, over 70 schools from around Queensland, and 950+ students from Years 7 to 12. The ensembles included strings, choirs, jazz, and concert bands.
I was in the Celtic String Ensemble for viola, and it was one of the most eye-opening musical experiences so far. There was a group of around 50 students in Celtic and we played 15 minutes of music. In our ensemble, we learnt all of the music by ear. Our conductor, a brilliant violinist, played the group a few bars at a time, and we played them back until we got them correct. We would then move onto the next phrase, and join the two together. We repeated that process on all the music until we could play five pieces with harmonies and a bass line.
All in all, I would love to keep learning music this way, and will most certainly be attending other SHEPs in future years, and I am already getting ready for next year.
Contributed by Gabrielle Kleidon, Year 8, Oboist and Violist