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Orange Regional Conservatorium | Community Orchestras and Choirs Combine for an Afternoon of Classics

The Orange Regional Conservatorium (ORC) will host the newly relaunched Orange Symphony Orchestra, with the ORC Symphonic Choir, to perform Mozart’s Requiem on Sunday 19 November. The programme will also feature the Orange Youth Orchestra’s 2017 Concerto performance. This year’s concerto competition was won by two of Orange’s most talented young musicians, Ellena Hicks (voice) and Sophie Hoskins-Murphy (Violin).
Since 1984 the Orange Symphony Orchestra (OSO) has been delighting audiences across the central west, giving both professional and amateur musicians the opportunity to perform together in a shared love of classical music. After a hiatus, the OSO is proud to return to perform one history’s most loved and mysterious works; Mozart’s Requiem. “The Mozart Requiem is one of the all-time great choral works and similar in scale and popularity to Handel’s Messiah”, said conductor Ben Macpherson OAM.
The first half of the programme will be a nod to young local musicians with the presentation of the Orange Youth Orchestra (OYO) Concerto Competition. The ORC’s concerto competition concert is an opportunity for aspiring young musicians to perform as a soloist with the OYO. Ellena Hicks, under the guidance of tutor Samantha Bartholomeusz has become one of the ORC’s most dedicated students, a vital part of almost every choir and a familiar face at every workshop and masterclass. Ellena will perform Bernstein’s I Hate Music with the orchestra.
Sophie Hoskins-Murphy, an exceptional young violinist has an ever-growing list of achievements. Only this year, Sophie was accepted to join the Regional Youth Orchestra and chosen to perform as part of a string quartet led by the Australian World Orchestra. Sophie will perform one of Vivaldi’s most loved works, Summer from The Four Seasons.
“This event showcases the wealth of musical talent in Orange and demonstrates how Youth Orchestras are an important step in a young musician’s career. Many professionals gain a terrific start in the Orange Youth Orchestra, two former members are even returning from the Sydney Symphony to join us for this performance.”
The reformation of the Orange Symphony Orchestra has been made possible in part by the generous support of the Orange Regional Arts Foundation, helping make performances like this possible. The OSO will begin regular rehearsals in early 2018, more information can be found at