2023 has been a big year for AYO! As the end of the year approaches, we wanted to take a moment to reflect on all the musical adventures which have taken place.
JANUARY – AYO National Music Camp
In an amazing milestone, 2023 year marked 75 years of National Music Camp! Over 200 musicians came together for a jam-packed two weeks, learning from an incredible team of tutors and performing under conductors James Judd, Umberto Clerici and ensemble director Elizabeth Layton.
And no camp would be complete without the traditional Staff v. Students cricket match. According to our records, the staff team have an unbroken 75-year winning streak… This statistic is disputed by participants, but perhaps they’re just sore losers?
Stream the four orchestral concerts at Elder Hall for free!
FEBRUARY – AYO Chamber Players
AYO’s Chamber Players presented a diverse program which featured classical chamber works as well as 21st century compositions, including Andrew Batterhams’ Melbourne Mosaic, a love letter to the city’s most iconic locations, and Elena Kats-Chernin’s Blue Silence, dedicated to artists who have schizophrenia.
APRIL – Australian Youth Orchestra
The Australian Youth Orchestra performed the poignant Adagietto movement from Mahler’s Symphony No.5 and Shostakovich’s tempestuous Symphony No.10 under the baton of Eivind Aadland.
Stream the concert at Perth Concert Hall for free
JULY – Australian Youth Orchestra
The Australian Youth Orchestra presented three sweeping works inspired by Australian stories and the tenacity of the human spirit in times of darkness.
Ngapa William Cooper was born out of a rich collaboration between composer Nigel Westlake, singer-songwriter Lior, and performer and academic Dr Lou Bennett AM.
Stream the concert at Sydney Opera House for free
SEPTEMBER – AYO Young Symphonists
The AYO Young Symphonists orchestra took on an ambitious program and played with musician sensitivity beyond their years. Conductor Simon Hewett guided the orchestra through a unique interpretation of Britten’s The Young Person’s Guide to the Orchestra and the colossal Symphony No.2 by Rachmaninov.
SEPTEMBER – Momentum Ensemble project 1
Coffs Harbour, NSW
The first Momentum Ensemble project for the year was a collaboration between Amiti Quartet, Coffs Harbour Regional Conservatorium, and educator Patricia Pollett.
Amiti Quartet and Patricia were the Artists-in-Residence during the Conservatorium’s annual String Camp.
Check out violist Helena Burns’ blog post on the experience
NOVEMBER – Momentum Ensemble project 2
Spring Bay Mill, Triabunna TAS
Momentum Ensemble, this time in form of a string orchestra, took on a soulful program under the leadership of violinist and festival director Jack Liebeck. They performed in the beautiful surrounds of Spring Bay Mill in Tasmania.
DECEMBER – Momentum Ensemble project 3
Momentum Ensemble teamed up with Choir of St James’ Church under the baton of choral director Warren Trevelyan-Jones for a concert featuring Ottorino Respighi’s la Natività del Signore and Anton Bruckner’s Mass No.2 in E minor.