Saturday, June 6, 2015

Playing with the big kids

The Sydney Symphony Orchestra was in town a couple of weeks ago and Bethany, as a violin student of the Riverina Conservatorium of Music, had a special lesson with them. This weekend, the Sydney Youth Orchestras are here, and they had a morning workshop with Riverina students, followed by a concert in the evening.

The Sydney Youth Orchestras, one was a wind orchestra and one was mainly strings, played on their own and with the local kids. Bethany and two friends from her year were probably the youngest. I wasn't sure how she would feel about it all, but she loved the workshop and was very excited to play with the whole orchestra.

This is the group from the Con. If you look very closely, you'll see something clever. Someone appears in the photo twice!

The whole thing cost us $10. What a brilliant opportunity! 

I am sitting with my tea, occasionally hearing a tooting steam train, the sound travelling across the plain and up the hill. The next time I hear it, Bethany will be on it as she has been picked up by a friend for a day of steam train riding and vintage cars. After the train ride they will be getting into Mr Fletcher's old Jag and heading to a vintage car rally, so I got to tell Mrs Fletcher about being driven to my wedding in my uncle's old Jag and getting grease on my skirt. Ah, the memories.


  1. Never a dull moment down there. What a thrill for Bethy! Hope it inspires her onto bigger and better strings!!

  2. Such a small blonde head popping up - what a wonderful thing for her to have done.