Local Gladstone students will work side by side with some of the state’s best musicians when the Queensland Symphony Orchestra comes to town on Tuesday 21 May and Wednesday 22 May.

The Gladstone Enrichment through Music (GEM) Initiative is an innovative partnership between Australia Pacific LNG operated by ConocoPhillips and Queensland Symphony Orchestra that delivers quality musical education and concert experiences.

The unique partnership, now in its eighth year, supports local musicians and their teachers through a suite of small group tutorials, professional development workshops, performance opportunities and live orchestral concerts.

On Tuesday 21 May Queensland Symphony Orchestra musicians will conduct secondary school string workshops and a percussion ensemble workshop at GECC.  A brass trio will visit Gladstone South State school, Star of the Sea Catholic Primary School, Gladstone West State School, St John the Baptist Catholic Primary School and Chanel College.  To help inspire young students, a Woodwind Quartet will perform in-school mini concerts at Faith Baptist school, Benaraby State School, Boyne Island State School, St Francis Catholic Primary School and Tannum Sands State School.

On Wednesday 22 May the GEM program continues, a String Quintet will visit Gladstone Central State School, Trinity College, Kin Kora State School, Clinton State School and Calliope State School inspiring students with these live mini-school concerts.  Selected Year 5 and 6 students from Gladstone primary schools will gather together at Star of the Sea Catholic Primary school to participate in Ya Lay Lum, an original composition featuring a song, body percussion and exciting rhythms in an African style.  The participants will perform in the GEM Community in Concert that night.

Auditions will also be held for advanced level young musicians for the opportunity to perform as an honorary member – Queensland Symphony Orchestra Prodigy – in Symphony Under the Stars on Friday 2 August.  Instrumental students will come to GECC for workshops and rehearsals to perform at the GEM Community concert as a combined high school concert and symphonic bands.  This special performance will see 300 Gladstone school students join forces with members of the Queensland Symphony Orchestra.

The GEM Community concert will be held on Wednesday, May 22nd at GECC theatre at 7:00pm. Entry is free, but bookings are essential.

“APLNG are very proud to be sponsoring this program”- Robert Gibb, Manager, Communities and Sustainable Development, ConocoPhillips Australia