Young Ipswich string musicians Madeleine Ambrey, 15, Alyssa Hawkins, 13, and Elizabeth Cane, 14, with their instruments.
Young Ipswich string musicians Madeleine Ambrey, 15, Alyssa Hawkins, 13, and Elizabeth Cane, 14, with their instruments. Claudia Baxter

Players add string to their bow

IPSWICH now has its own strings group, and organiser Helen Colledge wants to let fellow instrumentalists know it's finger-picking good.

Mrs Colledge started the group because she noticed an absence of strings orchestras in the city.

"There are some orchestras in Brisbane, but it's nice to have something in the district made up of local people," Mrs Colledge said.

"It's not overly social or overly serious, everyone's happy to just play and we perform at concerts a few times a year," she said of the recently formed group.

"We've got about 12 members at the moment. We're looking at about Grade 3 level players, but we have a real mix of junior and senior members and abilities."

Ms Colledge said the group met fortnightly to play mainly classical pieces.

"The group is separate to our Booval School of Music; it's free and it's open to the public."

She encouraged any Ipswich residents who played the violin, viola, cello or double bass to join the group.

Ms Colledge said brass, woodwind and percussion instrumentalists could also express their interest in joining the group.

"Depending on the response, I'd be happy to expand to a general orchestra eventually."

Phone Helen Colledge on 3812 1560 to find out more.



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