New instruments help kids create music

STRING SONG: Members of the Shoalhaven Junior Strings Leo Gallenca, Mila Clarke, Jonathan Walsh, Tamsin Walsh, Abi Heard, Amelia Janezic, Claire Ennis and James Paterson are the Shoalhaven's up and coming talent.

STRING SONG: Members of the Shoalhaven Junior Strings Leo Gallenca, Mila Clarke, Jonathan Walsh, Tamsin Walsh, Abi Heard, Amelia Janezic, Claire Ennis and James Paterson are the Shoalhaven's up and coming talent.

The Shoalhaven Youth Orchestra (SYO)  and Shoalhaven Junior Strings (SJS) have had a very successful 2016 so far and recently took delivery of a number of instruments thanks to funding they received earlier this year.

Federal funding contributed just under $14000 to help the Shoalhaven Youth Orchestra purchase and lend out more musical instruments and offer initial music training to children from disadvantaged backgrounds.

Music is a key part of life, bringing joy and uplifting spirits.

There is also plenty of evidence that studying music helps children learn all the other lessons they face at school.

Many youngsters enjoy their first taste of playing music through the Shoalhaven Youth Orchestra, which for some has been a launching pad for years of involvement in music and performing.

That experience is now able to be offered to many more youngsters.

Money for the SYO came from the Stronger Communities program, offering community groups funding for infrastructure on a dollar for dollar basis.

The first round of funding placed a focus on projects for young people, which made $150,000 available to the Gilmore electorate.

That resulted in money going to organisations including Kids Korner for new play equipment, an all-inclusive playground at Corrigan’s Reserve at Batemans Bay, the Ulladulla Children’s Centre for new flooring and bathroom facilities, and the Shoalhaven Youth Orchestra.

The Shoalhaven Youth Orchestra hold a number of concerts each year.

The next one is a a fabulous performance featuring both the preparatory orchestra, the Shoalhaven Junior Strings as well as the SYO at the Currarong Progress Hall, Currarong this Sunday at 2pm. As in a previous year the Masonic group will match the funds raised at the concert; a target of $1000 has been set for the concert through ticket sales and donations which will then generously be matched by an additional $1000.

Tickets are $10 per person except children attending school, free.

Tickets may be purchased from Laurie Ball on 4448 3106 or John Pearce on 4232 4680. Alternatively, tickets may be purchased at the door on the day of the concert.

The orchestra is always looking for new members.

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