Armidale Youth Orchestra perform garden party a historic Chevy Chase

TOGETHER: Armidale Youth Orchestra performers David Tan on voilin, 16, Isla Biffin on violin, 15, Jonathan Bruhl on voila, 16, and Mia Emmanuel on cello,15, practice at Chevy Chase.  Photo: MATT BEDFORD

TOGETHER: Armidale Youth Orchestra performers David Tan on voilin, 16, Isla Biffin on violin, 15, Jonathan Bruhl on voila, 16, and Mia Emmanuel on cello,15, practice at Chevy Chase. Photo: MATT BEDFORD

Fancy yourself a classical music connoisseur?

Or perhaps a walk through the manicured gardens of a turn-of-the-century Victorian mansion and a glass of champagne is to your taste.

Well this year, the Armidale Youth Orchestra is moving their annual garden party to historic grounds of Chevy Chase just south of Armidale.

The event has become a staple for classical music lovers and is usually held in event sponsor Rosemary Leitch’s garden.

But due to renovations, Phil Emmanuel and Corinne Arter have opened their home for the occasion.

This year, two ensembles will perform for guests.

The Armidale Youth Orchestra will perform works such as Prokofiev’s Montagues and Capulets, and Gershwin’s An American in Paris under conductor Paul Marshall.

And Joanna Fairs-Wu’s Youth String Orchestra will also perform.

PLC Armidale cello student Mia Emmanuel, 15, lives at Chevy Chase and says she is looking forward to performing at with the orchestra at her home.

“It has always been at Rosemary's place, so it’s going to be very different,” she said.

“But it’s exciting because it’s my home.”

Aside from the new location, the orchestra must also allow for the challenges that come with playing outside.

Weather and acoustics all play as part in making the outdoor performance one of the most challenging on the AYO calendar according to the musicians.

“This is the only kind of concert that we do outside,” Mia said.

Armidale High School Viola player Jonathan Bruhl said playing outside was more stressful for the performers.

“You have to listen really carefully and really pay attention,” he said.

“It’s hard to hear yourself because the sound doesn't bounce back.

“It's still fun, but its stressful fun.”

The Garden Party begins at 10:30am on Sunday, April 2, at Chevy Chase, 643 Dangarsleigh Road, Armidale.

Tickets are $45 for adults, $30 for pensioners, and $20 for children.

Visit www.trybooking.com/OZFC for more information or to buy your tickets.

It has always been at Rosemary's place, so it’s going to be very different. But it’s exciting because it’s my home. - Armidale Youth Orchestra cellist Mia Emmanuel

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