More than 900 young musicians from across the state will descend on the Queensland Conservatorium this weekend for the State Honours Ensemble Program (SHEP) – the biggest event in the program’s history.
High school students from the Border to the Cape and as far west as Mt Isa will travel to Brisbane for four days of intensive rehearsals, tutorials and concerts.
Leading music educators from the UK, US and Australia will oversee a range of ensembles, from a big band to a symphony orchestra, Celtic string ensemble and choirs.
On Sunday 2 October, more than 4000 people are expected to visit the Conservatorium’s South Bank headquarters for a series of five grand finale concerts.
Conservatorium Director Professor Scott Harrison said the program had grown from modest beginnings to a record 900 students attending this year.
Largest cohort of emerging musicians
“This is our largest ever cohort with many more nominations received from schools than we were able to accommodate,” he said.
“It is a delight to welcome hundreds of emerging musicians to our state-of-the-art facilities at South Bank.
“SHEP is now a firmly established aspect of music education in Queensland, bringing together young people from across the state to share their passion for music.”
This weekend’s event is one of eight SHEP programs held throughout Queensland each year – the remaining seven workshops take place in regional Queensland.
The grand finale concerts will be held on Sunday 2 October at 10am, noon, 2pm, 4pm and 7pm.