Talented young musicians step back in time and excel

THE Young Mannheim Symphonists 2019 Winter School, presented by the Australian Romantic & Classical Orchestra, concluded last week with an inspiring concert featuring Ashfield’s Ara Jo on clarinet, Croydon’s Natalie Kim on oboe and Ashbury’s Elizabeth Dawson on trumpet.

With young musicians from all over Greater Sydney, the concert followed a week of intensive rehearsals and workshops at Santa Sabina College in Strathfield delving into the music and performance styles of the Classical and early Romantic periods.
A full house heard these brilliant, young aspiring musicians in action performing Beethoven’s Coriolan Overture, Eberl’s Symphony No.1, Reicha’s Wind Quintet Op.88 No.2 and Haydn’s Symphony No.104 ‘London’.
Elizabeth said: “I’ve loved this experience playing in an ensemble with others who share my love for classical music.”
Natalie said: “I was so impressed by the education that was provided for youths and I think that it is very important.”
Ara said: “Learning specifically about Historically Informed Performance was very refreshing for me … there is no other experience like this.”
Directing were the Australian Romantic & Classical Orchestra’s co-artistic directors and internationally renowned Australian musicians Rachael Beesley and Nicole van Bruggen.
This education program of the Australian Romantic & Classical Orchestra is unique in Australia and is aimed at a high level of performance enabling the participants to experience a deep understanding and appreciation of style and context.
Established by the late Richard Gill AO, the Young Mannheim Symphonists Winter School continues to flourish, providing knowledge and expertise directly to young musicians by giving them the best insights and opportunities to develop.
The Australian Romantic & Classical Orchestra continues its 2019 concert season with a national tour of Mendelssohn and Brahms in the upcoming New Constellations series – from August 16-25. For venues, go to