Although the Centre may be closed, we’ve been able to deliver our Learning & Access Programs online including Song Play, Music Always, Accelerando, Sound Matters and the 2020 Online Bach Competition.
On Sunday 14 June, we hosted our first ever online Bach Competition. Ten young musicians went head to head online for the Richard Mills Prize. A huge congratulations to our four prize winners:
Richard Mills Prize – Leon Fei, violin
Encouragement Award – Lieun Park, cello
Encouragement Award – Meng Xia, piano
Young Bach Scholars Award – Noah Lawrence, cello
Watch their outstanding performances on our YouTube channel.
‘It was my pleasure to take part in a competition that really enhances the lives of so many young musicians. I would like to add my thanks along with my mums to everybody that makes the event possible.’ Noah Lawrence, cello
The 2020 Bach Competition is supported by Richard Mills AM, Martine Letts, Maria Johnson and Vivienne Ritchie.
Inventi Ensemble have had a busy online tour performing to aged care residents around Victoria, South Australia and Queensland through Zoom and FaceTime. Facilities have included Emmy Monash, Wintringham, Cooinda Aged Care in Benalla, St Paul’s in South Australia and Parkview Aged Care.
The tour has taken place over the months of May, June and July and finished with a performance of the Peer Gynt Suite by Grieg on Monday 20 July with our new partner, Parkview Aged Care in Queensland.
Supported by Hansen Little Foundation, Lady Marigold Southey AC and the Hazel Peat Charitable Trust.
Our Sound Matters workshop series for children with vision impairments returned in June with an exciting workshop exploring sounds created by water with guest facilitator, Thea Rossen. Our next workshop took place on Wednesday 15 July focusing on creating tactile scores out of craft materials. Ben Opie joined guest facilitator, Stephanie Kabanyana Kanyandekwe, who specialises in composing these amazing scores.
‘We just wanted to thank you and the team for yesterday. Blake had the most wonderful time. He loves sound matters; he is already asking when it’s on again. You all do such a wonderful job of this program. You are so organised and run it so well and you are all so supportive of our kids. You make the sessions really fun and interesting. – Parent of participant
Supported by the William Buckland Foundation & Marian E.H. Flack Trust
We hosted our next online Accelerando workshop on Saturday 25 July. This workshop was facilitated by Renee Heron who focused on practical teaching and presentation skills.
Song Play was back online for Term 3 on Wednesday 15 July. We were excited to announce a new collaboration with Vision Australia and Song Play. We will be running a pilot six sessions in partnership with Vision Australia for children aged 0-2 with visual impairments. These sessions will focus on developing early exploration, communication, interaction and movement skills. Parents and caregivers will be provided with education about key areas of early development for children who are blind or have low vision. Our first session took place on Thursday 23 July.
Accelerando is supported by the Peggy & Leslie Cranbourne Foundation.
Song Play is supported by Share the Music Donors.