30/03/2016 - News

ACO’s educational tour in Queensland hits the right note with students

Earlier this month, Total was proud to support a tour of regional Queensland by the Australian Chamber Orchestra’s ACO Inspire Quartet.

The Quartet - made up of musicians from ACO Collective - travelled to Cairns, Rockhampton and the Gold Coast to deliver string workshops to school children as part of their music education program. They also performed a concert for students at Djarragun College, a school in Gordonvale drawing indigenous students from the greater Cairns area, as well as boarders from the Torres Strait Islands, Cape York, other parts of Queensland and interstate.

The ACO’s Strategic Development Manager, Alexandra Cameron-Fraser, said the Queensland student workshops had provided both the ACO musicians and local students with a unique opportunity.

“Our musicians have a passion for education and engaging with school students and they enjoyed the free, three-hour workshops, as much as the children did. In each workshop, the Quartet and string students would work on a couple of key pieces, such as ‘Spring’ from Vivaldi’s Four Seasons and Faure’s Pavane, and then finishing the workshop with an informal concert for family and friends,” Ms Cameron-Fraser said.

“We had lots of great feedback from the students that they were amazed at the quality of sound they could achieve in such a short time.”

Supporting this educational tour of regional Queensland by the ACO Inspire Quartet is a natural fit for Total given it has major interests in Queensland as one of the partners of the Gladstone LNG project.

Total has also been a supporter of the Australian Chamber Orchestra since 2012 as a National Tour Partner, helping to bring this world-class orchestra to cities around Australia. In 2016, Total will be supporting the ACO’s Slava, Rodrigo, Beethoven VII tour which will perform in a number of capital cities during October and November.