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Canberra Youth Orchestra performs Australian premiere with Gabi Sultana

Canberra Youth Orchestra performs Australian premiere with Gabi Sultana

June 26, 2017

Internationally acclaimed pianist Gabi Sultana performed with the Canberra Youth Orchestra in the Australian premiere of Philip Glass' Tirol Concerto for Piano and Orchestra on Saturday evening. Also performing Mahler's Symphony No. 1 in D Major, "Titan", the Canberra Youth Orchestra played enthusiastically and skilfully in this challenging piece. Congratulations to Gabi, Leonard, the CYO players, and the alumni who kindly performed in the Mahler.

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Discover Music For Canberra

June 19, 2017

Thanks to everyone who came to our Discover Music For Canberra day!

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Music For Canberra Partners with Create Foundation

May 25, 2017

Music For Canberra have teamed up with the ACT Create Foundation to offer music classes for young people living in out of home care.

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Exceptional reviews for Canberra Youth Orchestra with The Idea of North

Exceptional reviews for Canberra Youth Orchestra with The Idea of North

April 10, 2017

The Canberra Youth Orchestra played with The Idea of North on Saturday 8 April to outstanding reviews in The Canberra Times, CityNews, Canberra Critics Circle and Canberra Jazz Blog.

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Calling previous Canberra Youth Orchestra members

February 17, 2017

To celebrate CYO's 50 years, we are currently seeking alumni who are still in Canberra and who would like to be profiled and photographed.

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Welcome to Term 1, 2017!

January 30, 2017

It's day one of classes for 2017 and we are looking forward to welcoming you all to your classes this week. There are a few exceptions as follows...

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Congratulations Larry Sitsky AO

Congratulations Larry Sitsky AO

January 27, 2017

Music for Canberra wishes to extend best congratulations to Canberra Youth Orchestra Patron, Emeritus Professor Larry Sitsky for his recent recognition in the 2017 Australia Day Honours.

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Review: JMO Celebrate Spring at Wesley

Review: JMO Celebrate Spring at Wesley

September 5, 2016

On Saturday 3rd September, our James McCusker Orchestra presented an uplifting concert at the Wesley Music Centre Church to herald the start of Spring!

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Review: Rock School at CIT Woden

July 12, 2016

From 4th - 8th July 2016, a bunch of talented young musicians formed brand new bands in our Rock School holiday workshop, and performed together at CIT Woden.

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Review: Canberra Youth Orchestra's 'Dvorak'

June 28, 2016

On Sunday 26th June the Canberra Youth Orchestra presented ICONS: Dvorak, the 2nd installment of their 2016 Llewellyn Hall series.

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Review: Drumkit, String Stream & JMO perform

Review: Drumkit, String Stream & JMO perform

June 28, 2016

On Saturday 25th & Sunday 26th June we had a HUGE weekend of performances, with our drumkit, String Stream & JMO students all performing, as well as CYO.

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Review: Children's Choirs & Pop-up Chamber Orchestra

June 23, 2016

On Saturday 18th and Sunday 19th June, MFC's 3 choirs for children and our annual "pop-up" orchestra delighted mid-winter audiences.

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Review: Solstice Soirée Series & Concerto Competition

June 10, 2016

On Friday 3rd and Sunday 5th June, MFC's woodwind students of all ages, and soloists from the Canberra Youth Orchestra, kick-started our mid-year concert schedule.

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Australian National Eisteddfod: Orchestras & Bands wrap-up

Australian National Eisteddfod: Orchestras & Bands wrap-up

May 27, 2016

On Saturday 21st and Thursday 26th May, MFC orchestral & band groups gave outstanding performances at the Australian National Eisteddfod.

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Music For Canberra's 2016 AGM

Music For Canberra's 2016 AGM

May 9, 2016

Thank you to those members who attended our 2016 AGM on Saturday 7th May.

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JMO performs for Goodwin Village residents

March 21, 2016

The James McCusker Orchestra performed a special concert for elderly residents.

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Brass Ensemble wows crowd at CAP Expo

March 21, 2016

Our bold youth Brass Ensemble worked the crowd at the CAP Expo!

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Allegro Choir Sings at Age-Friendly Report Launch

Allegro Choir Sings at Age-Friendly Report Launch

February 29, 2016

Our newest recruit to the MFC family, the Allegro Choir, provided entertainment for the local community.

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Jam It bands rocked the Multicultural Festival

February 19, 2016

Our talented young rock bands wowed national festival-goers!

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ACT Chief Minister's Inclusion Award 2015

December 15, 2015

Music For Canberra receives the Chief Minister's award for Inclusion in Education & Training

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JMO's performance at Floriade

JMO's performance at Floriade

October 12, 2015

The James McCusker Orchestra rounded out MFC's performances at Floriade this year with a great set on Stage 88.

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String Ensemble & Peg Mantle Strings performance at Bus Depot Markets

String Ensemble & Peg Mantle Strings performance at Bus Depot Markets

October 9, 2015

Two of our String Stream groups gave a fantastic public performance at the Old Bus Depot Markets!

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A busy weekend of MFC performances

September 25, 2015

The weekend of 19th & 20th September saw a very busy weekend of performances for MFC students!

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Canberra Children's Choir & Youth Choir win at the National Eisteddfod!

August 24, 2015

Congratulations to the Canberra Children's Choir & Youth Choir for taking out silver & gold places at the Australian National Choirs Eisteddfod 2015!

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Music Jam Mixed Abilities workshop

Music Jam Mixed Abilities workshop

August 10, 2015

On Friday 17th July, participants from our smaller group Mixed Abilities classes came together for a big morning of musical fun!

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'Crash!' Drum Kit Concert

July 1, 2015

On Sunday 28th June, our drum kit students presented the first ever drum kit concert, 'Crash!'

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Strings & Songs end of term performance

July 1, 2015

On Saturday 27th June, our string stream groups and the Training Choir presented a lovely afternoon of music at Orana's 'Overture Hall'.

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The Solstice Soiree Series

The Solstice Soiree Series

June 30, 2015

On Sunday 21st June, the day of the winter solstice, some Music For Canberra students held a series of small "soiree" style performances for family & friends

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Brass Ensemble Play at 'Fete de la Musique'

Brass Ensemble Play at 'Fete de la Musique'

June 29, 2015

The Brass Ensemble, led by conductor Zach Raffan, performed at the Alliance Francaise 'Fete de la Musique' on Friday 19th June 2015

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Australian Youth Orchestra applications open

May 28, 2015

The 2016 program offers AYO’s 22nd international tour to Europe, Beijing and Shanghai, for orchestral musicians aged 12-30 years.

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JMO win gold & Not All There win silver at the National Eisteddfod!

May 25, 2015

Congratulations to the James McCusker Orchestra & rock band Not All There for taking out gold & silver places at the Australian National Eisteddfod 2015!

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Audio up from the ‘Jam It’ school holiday band program

Audio up from the ‘Jam It’ school holiday band program

May 12, 2015

This year’s bands - Spotto, Neon Thieves & Breaking The Silence – proved once again how much talent is brewing in Canberra’s young music scene. Check out the audio & images from this great workshop in the January 2015 school holidays!

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A partner offer from Musica Viva

April 17, 2015

Musica Viva is offering FREE family tickets to the upcoming Goldner String Quartet to Music For Canberra families!

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Canberra Children's Choir sing at Gungahlin Festival

March 31, 2015

Get along to the Gungahlin Town Park to see the Canberra Children's Choir perform their first public showcase of 2015 on Saturday 11th April!

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‘Jam It’ bands rock the National Multicultural Festival

‘Jam It’ bands rock the National Multicultural Festival

March 16, 2015

This year’s bands - Spotto, Neon Thieves & Breaking The Silence – proved once again how much talent is brewing in Canberra’s young music scene!

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