Australian National Eisteddfod

Please join James McCusker Orchestra (JMO), Peg Mantle Strings and the String Ensemble as they perform for the Australian National Eisteddfod on Saturday the 1st of June at Llewellyn Hall. The String Ensemble and Peg Mantle Strings will be performing together at 5:15pm, and JMO is scheduled to perform at 9:30pm.

About the James McCusker Orchestra

Named after one of the original founding members of Canberra Youth Music, passionate musician James ‘Jim’ McCusker, the James McCusker Orchestra (JMO) is our second or training orchestra in the performance pathway, sitting just prior to the Canberra Youth Orchestra – which is typically where JMO musicians progress to as they develop musically. Through its rehearsal and performance of carefully chosen repertoire, the James McCusker Orchestra provides an ideal environment for young players to gain exposure to the fundamentals of orchestral ensemble playing, as they develop their musical skills. The James McCusker Orchestra works towards regular performances at venues and community events including at Llewellyn Hall, Floriade, the National Eisteddfod, and festivals in the ACT and wider region.

About Peg Mantle Strings

As Music For Canberra’s most advanced youth string ensemble, Peg Mantle Strings focuses on developing the intricacies and skills required for advanced ensemble playing. Peg Mantle Strings is conducted by professional musician and music teacher, Tim Wickham, who challenges Peg Mantle Strings players to tackle a broad and mature performance repertoire.

About the String Ensemble

String Ensemble participants have the opportunity to consolidate and develop the technical skills they have learned in previous string ensemble groups & their additional individual tuition. String Ensemble is conducted by professional musician and music teacher, Jenny Higgs, who challenges young players to explore works from the Baroque, Classical and Romantic eras, and contemporary works written for string ensembles.