Introducing Kids to the Orchestra

QSO horn player Vivienne Collier-Vickers shows families what’s in store when they visit the Concert Hall

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We’re excited to partner with our friends at Queensland Symphony Orchestra (QSO) to present the upcoming family concert Sounds like... an Orchestra! on 16 April. Nothing beats the majesty of a full symphony orchestra performing on our magnificent Concert Hall stage.

In this special concert, children will be introduced to all of the orchestral instrument families: string, woodwind, brass and percussion. There’ll be lots of fun tunes and demonstrations, many of which will be familiar and others that audiences may be hearing for the very first time.

QSO horn player Vivienne Collier-Vickers talks families through what they can expect when they come to see the Orchestra in our Concert Hall below – from finding our foyer bar for last-minute snacks, to getting a sneak peek at where all the musicians sit, to the most important rule of all... having fun!

Sounds like... an Orchestra! is the perfect introduction to classical music, and while it may have been written hundreds of years ago, QPAC Senior Producer Jenny Hodgson says a lot of the concert repertoire will be familiar because it is featured in popular culture.

One of these works, the finale to the William Tell Overture, is one of the most instantly recognisable pieces of classical music – you’ve heard it in Looney Tunes cartoons and some may even remember it as the theme tune to the 1950s TV show, The Lone Ranger – for me, it conjures up images of galloping horses.

Classical music is also written especially for movies and TV, such as composer John Williams’ magical score that he wrote for the Harry Potter films – music that incredibly conjures up visions of swirling wands, whimsical castles and epic magical battles.

The members of the Queensland Symphony Orchestra love having fun with their music. In Sounds like... an Orchestra! they will play one of the most well-known tunes of recent years for the full orchestra. Here’s a hint… this music features in the most viewed video on YouTube of all time and has been watched eight billion times (doo, doo, doo, doo, doo, doo!). 

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