It was wonderful to sit down with celebrated Australian composer, Emma Jayakumar this month to discuss compositional life, the trials and tribulations for the past 2 years, and of course, her stunning new song cycle, Four Lost Songs, commissioned by DSO, premiering this August at Darwin Festival. Emma, thank you for taking the time talk…

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Meet Stephanie Arnold, DSO cellist, accomplished artist, and musical mentor,   Steph begun playing the Cello at the age of 6. ‘My older sister had started learning violin the year before’ Steph recalls. ‘I remember watching her walking around the house with the violin under her chin and wanting to learn as well. Our neighbours down…

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Say ‘hello’ to Zakelli Xie: DSO Violinist and graduate of Darwin Symphony Orchestra’s Young Artist program. Zak has been with DSO’s Young Artist Program since its inception. He describes the experience as ‘like a little musical family’ who grow together throughout the year.   ‘YAP – which we lovingly call it – is such a diverse…

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Meet Isabella Penna, Darwin Symphony Orchestra’s most recent, talented Young Artist Program (YAP) graduate, and newest member of the DSO percussion section.  Image: Tim Nicol Photography Isabella has been learning and performing with the DSO Young Artists since 2020 and has been playing the Timpani for 6 years. She picked up this unique instrument by…

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Join us in celebrating our wonderfully talented Young Artists this International Youth Day!   We spoke with Holly, Zakelli, Isabella, Harry and Tom who are all members of our Young Artists Program. We asked them what love they love most about playing music and what music means to them in everyday life.   Their wonderfully worded and inspiring responses are sure to…

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