Griffith musicians set to bowl over cricket fans at the Ashes

The Queensland Conservatorium Symphony Orchestra will play on hallowed turf this week – bowling over cricket fans from around the world on the opening day of theAshesseries at the Gabba.
The 70-piece student ensemble will play both national anthems and get fans on their feet with a stirring rendition of Jerusalem for the Barmy Armyand a special orchestral arrangement ofYou’re the Voice for local cricket fans.
Queensland Conservatorium Director Professor Scott Harrison said it was one of many industry opportunities given to musicians at the Con.
“One of the advantages of studying here are the incredible opportunities for our students to perform at iconic venues and events,” he said.
“Our orchestral performers will be playing live in front of more than 40,000 fans this week at the Gabba, and their performance will be broadcast to an audience of millions around the globe.”
Queensland Conservatorium Deputy Director Associate Professor Peter Luffwill be conducting the orchestra.

The self-confessed cricket tragic said the performance was “the highlight of my year”.

“This is the most important day in the cricket calendar, and the most important day of my life!” he said.

“This is a first for the Con, and it’s a fantastic opportunity for the students.”

First year violinist Amie Stolz said it was a great opportunity to bring music into the sporting arena.

“It is a great way for music and sport to come together,” she said.

“My family are all huge cricket fans, so they are really proud!

“I got goosebumps during rehearsals – it sounds amazing.

“It’s by far the biggest crowd I’ve ever played for, I think the atmosphere will be electric.”

Fellow violinist Katisha Lindee said she had lobbied to be part of the ensemble.
“I put up my hand for this one, and was a last minute addition,” she said.
“I love classical music, but I’m really interested in breaking down the stereotype that it’s high brow or old-fashioned.
“I grab any opportunity I get to bring music into a different setting and take it out of the concert hall.
“This performance will be such a kick – there will be so many people watching, and we will definitely feed off the energy of the crowd.”