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  1. On July 28, year 10 and 11 students from Con High had the privilege to watch Sir Simon Rattle rehearse the Australian World Orchestra in the Opera House. Sir Simon Rattle is an English conductor of international prominence and is currently principal conductor of the Berlin Philharmonic, ranked as one of the best orchestras in the world.

    When Sir Simon Rattle sauntered down from the back row of the AWO Brass section, the immense Opera House concert hall immediately became the background to his vigorous presence. As he plucked the baton from the music stand and swiftly began conducting Bruckner’s Symphony No. 8 in C minor, the audience of Con High year 10 and 11 students and others watched attentively, hoping to discover the secret to his success. We watched, entranced at his undulating baton, vibrating left hand and the synchronised breath of the orchestra. Soon, we understood why he was such a renowned musical icon; it was the distinct connection and trust that he was able to form with the orchestra. Through this connection, he had absolute control over the orchestra, filling the hall with their powerful sound. He was able to make instinctive and spur-of-the-moment musical decisions without the orchestra faltering.

    We all really appreciated this experience. Apart from witnessing the professional rehearsal process and Sir Simon Rattle’s marvellous energy, it was an experience in which we learnt about the challenging yet rewarding task of playing in a professional orchestra and collaborating to produce a unified sound. It was important because we observed how concentration and total trust in the conductor could result in a much more focused and musical performance. Hopefully, we can use our newfound experience to our advantage in our upcoming school orchestra rehearsals and performances.

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