Three of the Suzuki Music School students who are performing with Deep Blue (l-r): Siobhan McLaughlin, Jacinta Brown and Jasmine Hohnke (front).
Three of the Suzuki Music School students who are performing with Deep Blue (l-r): Siobhan McLaughlin, Jacinta Brown and Jasmine Hohnke (front). Sarah Harvey

Students on stage with Deep Blue

EXCITEMENT was brewing yesterday among 12 Ipswich Suzuki Music School musicians as they rehearsed the piece they will play with experimental orchestra Deep Blue tomorrow - Together.

Ipswich Suzuki Music School founder/director Gemma D'Aubbonnett said her students who stepped up to learn the piece, aged eight to 14, were thrilled to perform with the group.

She said eight violinists, two double bass players and two cellists were giving up their holidays to learn the piece.

Mrs D'Aubbonnett said she loved the concept of Deep Blue because it helped kids relate to classical music.

“They're putting Mozart and Vivaldi in today's terms,” Mrs D'Aubbonnett said.

Deep Blue is conducting the Young Blue program to teach young musicians to think differently about string orchestra and called on Ipswich string students to perform with them.

Participating groups practised the song before the performance tomorrow but Deep Blue will rehearse with the Young Blue ensemble in the afternoon before the big night.

Violinist and Young Blue co-ordinator Alice Buckingham said she was excited to show students their moves and techniques.

“This is the most rewarding part of my job,” Ms Buckingham said.

“It is great seeing the kids respond when I say, 'Okay, let's get up and start moving to the music you are playing.'

“The second half of the show opens with a performance with our 'young bluers,' which is always so much fun.”

Bethany Lutheran School students will also perform with Deep Blue tomorrow.

Deep Blue has no conductor or music stands and musicians move to the music.

In a step away from traditional performances, audiences are encouraged to move around, talk, dance, sing and go to wherever the music takes them.



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