William Barton and the QSO

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Bribie Island State School has recently registered with the Queensland Symphony Orchestra Connect Program (QSO). This program provides an opportunity for schools to engage in visiting artist programs, masterclasses and instrument demonstrations. Bribie Island State School have been invited to send students into Brisbane to experience the rehearsal of a new work composed for William Barton and supported by the QSO. This is an open rehearsal for limited numbers of invited guests and we are proud to have been selected to attend this event. Organising teacher Mr Henson said, “On 24 June 2021, we will be taking a limited number of students to sit in on an open rehearsal of William Barton and the Queensland Symphony Orchestra at the QSO Studio in the ABC Building, South Bank. This excursion supports Indigenous Cultural experiences, NAIDOC week, and is part of our instrumental music program.

“Mr Henson went on to say,” The activity aims to allow our students to see world renowned didgeridoo player, William Barton rehearsing his new composition with the Queensland Symphony Orchestra at South Bank. Students will experience the atmosphere and sounds of quality instrumentalists supporting one of our First Nations virtuoso up close and personal”.

The format of the rehearsal will be for the conductor to rehearse the piece and also speak with the audience. Our students may get the opportunity to interact with William after the rehearsal. Due to the generosity of the Queensland Symphony Orchestra and Bribie Island Bus Lines, this excursion is free of any cost to our students and we are thankful to the sponsors of this event for their support of our students. Information on William Barton can be found on the following web address: https://www.williambarton. com.au › about-william-barton