Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra hosts first Launceston education day

The Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra shared their skills with aspiring musicians as part of the first Launceston education day on Saturday.

City of Launceston Philharmonic Orchestra was treated to a side-by-side rehearsal with the TSO at Albert Hall in the morning.

It culminated to the largest masterclass event undertaken by the orchestra in the afternoon, which selected students aged 25 and under from Tasmania’s North and North-West to attend workshops led by world-class musicians.

LPO concertmaster Michael Stocks said he watched the TSO for his first concert, which made playing next to professional musicians decades later very exciting.

“You can feel the buzz in the air,” Stocks said.

“It’s a unique experience … we’re extremely grateful.”

The orchestra stayed in Launceston overnight following their concert Gillham plays Grieg at Albert Hall on Friday.

TSO managing director Nicholas Heyward said if the education day was a success, he hoped similar events would be held in Launceston.

“It’s a special experience for the musicians,” Heyward said

The day helped the orchestra become more involved with the community, he said.

Eight musicians would led different masterclasses to inspire and teach students at Scotch Oakburn College Performing Arts Centre, he said.

Members of the public can observe the classes between 2pm and 3.30pm free of charge.