Fancy blowing your trumpet?

CAN you blow your own trumpet, tickle the ivories or make a violin sing?

Thanks to a grant from Coffs Harbour Council, Coffs Harbour City Orchestra is looking for a guest soloist to perform with it at a concert in mid 2009.

“We're on the look out for some local talent,” conductor Greg Ellsmore said.

“We're inviting local musicians to audition and we'll pay the successful soloist a $500 fee to perform with us.

“If they live outside Coffs Harbour itself, for example local students studying at a NSW or QLD Conservatorium, then we'll also contribute to their travel costs.”

To be eligible to audition, you need to play an orchestral instrument (don't forget that may include the piano), prepare a short excerpt from a piece written for solo instrument and orchestra, such as a movement from a concerto, as well as another work of your own choice.

“We'll want the successful soloist to perform some solo items at the concert, as well as a work with orchestral backing, so they'll need to be able to turn up to some rehearsals with the orchestra in the lead up to the performance.”

The auditions will take place on Saturday, November 29, in Coffs Harbour.

If you think you've got what it takes, contact orchestra secretary Pamela Fayle on 6654 7700 to arrange an audition.

Current members of the orchestra are ineligible to apply.

In May 2008, the orchestra featured local pianists Sam Huybregts and Adam Herd in a concert and according to Greg, there are likely to be many more untapped talented musicians in the area. “Offering this opportunity ... gives an aspiring local musician a chance to strut their stuff”.

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