Orchestra creates inspiring sounds

The Sydney Symphony Orchestra performed for school children at the Saraton Theatre this week.
The Sydney Symphony Orchestra performed for school children at the Saraton Theatre this week. Adam Hourigan

HOW do you get 1000 primary school students to sit through Dvorak's New World Symphony?

For Sydney Symphony Orchestra guest conductor Ben Northey, it's easy. Peanut butter and Vegemite on toast.

"It doesn't sound like it should go together, but when we introduce the main theme as a rhythm they can speak ... they suddenly find they can connect to the music," he said

"And as they walk out of here I can still hear them humming those words to the tune."

Mr Northey is travelling with the Sydney Symphony Orchestra who performed a concert in the Saraton Theatre on Tuesday night.

However, it's the concert for over 1000 primary school students yesterday morning that Mr Northey hopes will inspire a future generation of musicians.

"I actually find these concerts quite moving," he said

"You look out in the audience and see their faces - for most of them it's the first time they will have seen an orchestra live."

"It'd be great if even just one kid is inspired to take up music because of the memory that's created here."

Topics:  entertainment music

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