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AYO National Music Camp 2017 | In Conversation with Belinda McFarlane

Posted by Claire Whittle
Wednesday 18th January, 2017
This AYO National Music Camp is full of overlaps and returns. For conductor Belinda McFarlane it is a chance to return to her own beginnings as a member of the Australian Youth Orchestra (1984-1988). Since then she has spent more than two decades as a member of the London Symphony Orchestra, gathering experience not only as a player but also as a core member of many innovative education and outreach programmes. For her, this is an ideal opportunity to give back some of what she has learned to the next generation.

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AYO National Music Camp 2017 | In Conversation with Li-Wei Qin

Posted by Anneliese McGee-Collett
Wednesday 18th January, 2017
‘Music about silence – can you imagine music without rests?’ asks Li-Wei Qin. ‘If there are no rests, there’s no music. A human being has breathing points. These breathing points are your rests. If you give a singer a manuscript with no rests, it is impossible for them to sing it. They can’t breathe. It’s about the space between the notes.’

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AYO National Music Camp 2017 | In Conversation with Elim Chan

Posted by Liam Whitbourn
Wednesday 18th January, 2017
‘It’s a fun piece, a challenging one. It breaks all the boxes.’ Elim Chan is ebullient when she discusses Mendelssohn’s Symphony No.4 Italian. ‘It’s like a really good sandwich. The first movement and the last movement are like the pieces of bread. In the middle you have the lusciousness between the strong start and end.’

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2016 AYO Tour: Blog 3

Posted by Tegan LeBrun
Tuesday 26th July, 2016
Tegan recounts the eagerly anticipated first concert of AYO’s tour in beautiful Bad Kissingen, Germany: her opening Brahms blur, timpani roll nerves, intimate concert venues of Europe and the skill of Maestro Honeck.

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