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Learning & Access Update

Learning & Access Update

February saw a number of young musicians participate in our Artist Development programs. From Accelerando to the Great Performers Master Class Series, we welcomed these emerging artists for lessons, performance opportunities, concerts and tours.  

City Experience Week

The Newsboys Foundation Regional Music Award winner spends the week in Melbourne

From Feb 10-17, Trish Thompson and her mother spent the week in Melbourne as part of the Newboys Foundation Regional Music Award. Trish had trumpet lessons with Tristram Williams, Ed Fairlie, Erin Ellenburg, Rosie Turner and Sue Wedding, as well as mentoring lunches with Carla Blackwood and Zoe Knighton. She attended concerts at Melbourne Recital Centre, Hamer Hall, the Bird's Basement and Uptown Jazz Cafe, and had the opportunity to buy some much needed accessories at OzWinds before she starts at the James Morrison Academy in March. 

'Just wanted to thank you again for the wonderful week organised for us. I had an awesome time and definitely learnt a lot!! Everybody was so lovely and I just had a great time. I'm so excited to start Uni and see what is to come!' - Trish Thompson

Centre Visits

180 Grade 3 & 4 students visited Melbourne Recital Centre

As part of their study on how spaces can affect our well being, 180 students from Elsternwick Primary explored the Primrose Potter Salon and Elisabeth Murdoch Hall over two days. The overwhelming response from the children was that MRC is a place of calm and amazing sounds. 

Share the Music

6 Guests from Calvary Care joined us as part of Share the Music

From concerts featuring the Grigoryan Brothers, through to works of Purcell and Dvorak, this group enjoyed a range of performances.   

Master Classes

4 Young Artists participated in a Satu Vanska Master Class

On Tuesday 19 February we welcomed some promising young musicians to Primrose Potter Salon for a Master Class with Satu Vänskä;

  • Sophia Kirsanova, Melbourne Conservatorium of Music
  • Lara Mladjen, Monash University School of Music
  • Liam Oborne, Australian National Academy of Music
  • Johnny van Gend, Australian National Academy of Music
'It was a wonderful chance to get valuable feedback and tips from a world-class performer. As Satu mentioned, simply the opportunity to get up and perform in front of an unknown audience (especially in a beautiful space like the Salon) is invaluable experience for any budding performer. I learnt a lot of specific musical and technical things, in my own piece. These covered topics like tone colours, right-hand technique, phrasing, the composer’s lives and compositional peculiarities. I also added another layer of experience regarding how to get up and perform (with nerves) to the best of my ability.' - Master Class participant feedback

Access Resources

Brand new access resources now exist on the Melbourne Recital Centre website

A big thank you to Marketing Coordinator Sarah Greed for all her hard work on the Access web page of the website which now features a series of resources to assist audience members before, during and after their visit to the Centre. Visit to find:

  • Welcome to the Centre podcast and large print script
  • Welcome to the Centre guide translated into 6 languages
  • Social Script for attending an event
  • Communication Boards and Picture Cards for download Large Print Venue Maps


Artist Development program for selected Government school students in Years 10-12 

The first Accelerando workshop for the year was held in February and focused on Marketing as a musician. It featured our very own Digital Marketing Manager Latoyah Forsyth, and Artistic Director and Musician Nick Dinopoulos. As well as crafting their own bios, and learning how to build a website, each musician had an artist image taken by Cameron Jamieson. Introducing the 2019 Accelerando Musicians... 

Ashwin Krishna, tabla, Melbourne
Chen Li, piano, Melbourne
Claudia McFarlane, clarinet, Cohuna
Ed Kennedy, drum kit, Melbourne
Harper Dawson, alto saxophone, Geelong
Jamila Jalloh, voice, Melbourne
Notis Karidakis, bouzouki, Melbourne
Tess Hickey, cello, Melbourne
Thomas Poynton, tenor saxophone, Bairnsdale