TUNED UP: Toolooa State High Year 7 student Molly Tolan and Gladstone State High’s Kaitlyn Duckham love playing the flute. BELOW: From violins and drums to cow bells and clarinets, there was every instrument represented at the group rehearsal of high school students before their performance to the public on Friday.
TUNED UP: Toolooa State High Year 7 student Molly Tolan and Gladstone State High’s Kaitlyn Duckham love playing the flute. BELOW: From violins and drums to cow bells and clarinets, there was every instrument represented at the group rehearsal of high school students before their performance to the public on Friday.

Orchestra teaches students how to make beautiful music

YEAR 7 students Molly Tolan and Kaitlyn Duckham were in flute heaven on Friday when they got to play alongside the Queensland Symphony Orchestra.

The QSO held a one-day workshop with 200 music enthusiasts from Toolooa, Gladstone State, Chanel College and Tannum Sands State High School at the Gladstone Entertainment and Convention Centre.

Students had the opportunity to play with the 13 professional musicians and were encouraged to consider music as a career after school.

They were involved in small group tutorials, professional development workshops and presented a performance on Friday evening at the GECC.

QSO community engagement officer John Nolan said the musicians were blown away by the interest from students, who all played in their school band.

"We had 155 kids in the concert band and 45 on strings," he said.

"It was so much more than we expected.

"This is all about helping the students with the path they need to take to get to the pinnacle of their career."

Molly, a Gladstone State High student, said she relished the opportunity to attend the workshop with a huge group of students.

"It's been fun but a bit scary," she said. "The hardest part is getting the high notes and doing the major scales.

"In my head I am just thinking, 'Get it right'."

Molly said sport and music played a big part in her life.

"I like the flute because I get a sense of freedom and escape from the chaotic world," she said.

"I play hockey and I train four days a week."

Her friend Kaitlyn, from Toolooa State High, is also passionate about music.

"I have been playing the flute since Year 5," she said.

"It's really shiny and you have to clean it a lot."

Kaitlyn said playing with the other students from Tears 7-12 was different to what she was used to.

"My school band only has six flutes and there were about 20-30 here today. That's a lot," she said.

The QSO will play live on August 7 for a free evening at the Gladstone Marina stage.

The performance will feature movie masterpieces.



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