LISTEN UP: Claire Munting will offer classical music workshops at Musica!
LISTEN UP: Claire Munting will offer classical music workshops at Musica! Tegan Annett

Workshops aim to light passion for classical music

CLAIRE Munting wants young Gladstone people to embrace classical music.

With experience performing on stages around the world, she has the talent and the experience to teach young performers the art of singing classical music.

Ms Munting is involved in Gladstone's first Musica!, a two-day event that offers music workshops and shows.

"I'm very passionate about music and in my case it's opera," Ms Munting told Pulse.

She and a team of volunteers have organised the event for the past year and a half, bringing together national and international artists.

Ms Munting has performed in Europe, America, returns to Holland once a year for classical concerts, all while trying to establish a classical music scene in Gladstone.

"When I was 10, I heard Maria Callas. ? I didn't understand a world she was saying, because it was in Italian but at that moment I knew that's what I wanted to do.

"I was listening to pop music as kids do, but that song just struck a chord with me."

The two-day event will have see students perform on stage at a community concert with experienced musicians.

"I believe that music feeds the soul, and that's different music for different people.

"Sharing the stage with students will be a great opportunity.

"If you have open ears you can learn from everyone," she said.

The event has been organised by Gladstone Midday Rotary, Invest Blue and Smit Lamnalco.

Already preparations are being made for the 2016 event.

Artists in this year's include Deborah Cheetham, Monica Trapaga, Hans Schellevis, Jessica Johnson and Brent Lanzon.

Musica! will be held on October 10 - 11.

There will be a gala concert at 7pm on October 10, student workshops from 10am - 12 noon on October 11, followed by a music concert on the university green from 12 noon - 4pm.

Students will learn what the difference is between a pop singer and an opera singer.

"If I can ignite a fire with one student, then it will all be worth it," Ms Munting said.

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