From 5-9 June, the MSO’s second Education Week saw the Orchestra open its doors to 10,000 Victorian school children, parents and teachers for an inspiring week of concerts and activities engaging people of all ages at the Town Hall.
Capacity audiences packed the Hall three times over for our dynamic and interactive Meet the Orchestra program presented by UK Music Educator Paul Rissmann. Meet the Music, also presented by Rissmann, explored the history of symphonic scandals, Play School presenter Jay Laga‘aia engaged pre-school children (and their parents!) in an energetic program at Classic Kids, and Richard Gill unpacked one of the most famous symphonies of all time in Ears Wide Open.
The Orchestra also enjoyed two key collaborations with musicians from our extended community, Share the Chair with 50 young instrumentalists of Melbourne Youth Music, and Symphony in a Day which saw 105 amateur musicians aged 18-81 from across Victoria join 43 MSO musicians for a spectacular performance of Elgar, Berlioz, Dvorak and Tchaikovsky.
One very special initiative of Education Week is our Sponsored Excursion initiative, which allows us to provide accessible opportunities for students who might otherwise not have the chance to attend an Education concert by the MSO. Thanks to the generosity of MSO donors, over 1,600 students from diverse backgrounds were provided this opportunity this year.
To top off the excitement surrounding this special week in the Orchestras calendar, we are very proud to announce that Mrs Elizabeth Chernov has accepted the MSO Board’s invitation to become Patron of the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra Education and Outreach Program. Mrs Chernov has had a keen interest in the MSO’s ability to provide accessible opportunities for school students of all ages and from all backgrounds across Victoria, and has taken a special interest in the Orchestra’s high-impact Pizzicato Effect Residency in Broadmeadows following the Meadows Primary School students’ visit to Government House last year. We are privileged to have her passionate commitment recognised through this important honorary role.