String, brass, woodwind and percussion instruments could be heard across the school’s grounds as 15 members of the orchestra entertained Year 4 and 5 students with a musical story about sea exploration.
One student was even appointed as captain to help the orchestra members and audience on the journey across the sea.
Students enjoyed a story, plenty of music and dance as the WASO representatives interacted with the group.
Principal Edd Black said the students had such a positive reaction to the show.
“The musical show worked really well as some of the students haven’t been exposed to this music before so to have WASO here today is a great opportunity,” he said.
“I still remember going to Capital Theatre as a kid and I’ve never forgotten that experience so it’s great that these students get to have that unforgettable experience as well. The feeling here is just magical.”
Huntingdale Primary School has a strong music program and its choir regularly performs within the community including at the Music Choral Festival at Octagon Theatre and the Amanda Young Foundation.
WASO education manager Prue Ashurst said WASO’s school visits were a way to introduce students to all styles of music including classical and jazz.
“We hope that from these sessions, teachers will be able to take what we present on board and work it into their classrooms,” she said.
“We’re thrilled to come to Huntingdale Primary School as we love to get out to the wider community so everyone has a chance to enjoy the music.”
Photos: (top) Harpist Tony Maydwell and Oboe player Liz Chee from WASO with Huntingdale Primary School students.
(bottom) WASO presenter Lee Stanley, who is also a teacher at Instrumental Music School Services, keeps the students mesmerised as he takes them on a musical sea journey.