FINE TUNED: Paul Robinson plans to set up a youth orchestra with a little help from the Pottsville Public School music class.
FINE TUNED: Paul Robinson plans to set up a youth orchestra with a little help from the Pottsville Public School music class. Aisling Brennan

Tweed youth orchestra

THERE'S a lot of young talent in the Tweed and renowned fiddler and music teacher Paul Robinson wants to tap into that pool to create the Northern NSW Youth Orchestra.

Mr Robinson is calling for expressions of interest from students to join the new youth orchestra, which he hopes to get up and going in Term Four.

"There's so many players in each school, but individual schools don't necessarily have enough players to get an orchestra started but the area certainly does,” Mr Robinson said.

"If we can get something established before Christmas then we'd be right in the flow, we'd have things all happening for the beginning of next year.”

Mr Robinson was a member of both the Gold Coast and Queensland Youth Orchestras in his youth and said the experience led to so many opportunities, including playing internationally.

"I just remember going to the orchestra and there was this whole social thing and I'd be so excited to go to the rehearsals to meet all my friends and hang out with them,” he said.

"It was this whole social event, the music was so fantastic and the concerts were amazing.”

Mr Robinson, who plays with the Round Mountain Girls and has won several Golden Fiddle awards at Tamworth, said it would be beneficial for children later on in life, with studies showing music fosters neural connections in the brain. "There's the social interaction, the mathematical aspects of it and the multilingual aspects of it where they're learning to communicate with a different language,” Mr Robinson said.

Due to the high number of young musicians in the area, Mr Robinson said auditions would have to be held to fill the 90-piece orchestra.

"There's a lot of cellos and violins and there's an abundance of woodwind instruments because every school has a band so I expect we'll have to hold auditions because we can't have 20 drummers,” he said.

"Regardless of age, if they're a good enough player and they get through the auditions and get into the orchestra they're more than welcome.”

Mr Robinson plans to have a community meeting at the end of this term to discuss logistics. Phone 0400 574 309.



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