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Practice makes perfect for quartet

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October 07, 2017

John Noble (middle) with the Colourful Crows Quartet (from left) Ryan Bhat, Isabelle Ford, Liesl Parnell and Paige Gullifer.

Musically minded students gathered to rehearse for John Noble’s Quartet Program yesterday.

Beautiful music filled Shepparton’s Eastbank Centre as the students concentrated on perfecting their performance.

John Noble’s Quartet Program is an innovative method of training young musicians in chamber music and has been applied across regional and rural Victoria.

The program harnesses online technology to deliver tailored music programs to students, giving them a chance to further develop their musical repertoire and skills.

John Noble’s Quartet Program director John Noble has been working with four Greater Shepparton students; Liesl Parnell (violin one), Paige Gullifer (violin two), Isabelle Ford (viola) and Ryan Bhat (cello) for six months.

The students have named themselves the name the Colourful Cows Quartet and are looking forward to showcasing their skills in Melbourne in the special string orchestra performance encompassing all of Victoria’s regional quartets in John Noble’s Quartet Program.

Each month the students participate in a mentoring session with Mr Noble and other professional mentors.

For Isabelle, the program has been a great chance to build her confidence.

‘‘It’s fun to be in and quite a great musical opportunity,’’ she said.

‘‘I get to meet other musicians I’d otherwise not get to meet.’’

Mr Noble said it was great to see the students embrace the program.

Mr Noble said the program, which was often run through Skype, worked well in providing students with professional class music instructors.

John Noble’s Quartet Program string orchestra will be on Saturday, October 14, at the Holy Trinity Anglican Church 193 Hotham St, East Melbourne at 4pm.

Tickets are $18 for students, $20 for concession card holders and $25 for general admission.

Tickets can be bought at www.resonance.net.au/tickets-jnqp-string-orc-melbourne

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