St George's College is proud to support young and emerging artists in Western Australia.

Established in 2016, the Young and Emerging Artists Initiative was founded to provide gifted musicians access to opportunities for the development of higher level chamber music skills, prior to and beyond university.

All ensembles rehearse at least once per week within the College and receive mentoring from Emeritus Professor Paul Wright and visiting artists. The ensembles also perform in the College’s concert series and throughout Perth.

The program has three 3 groups: two post-tertiary ensembles, including a chamber orchestra and an early music ensemble, and a string quartet for highly gifted secondary school students.

 

The Chamber Orchestra

The Chamber Orchestra of St George's College focuses on developing and extending ensemble skills beyond university studies for recent graduates and young professionals. This is done under the guidance of eminent violinist Emeritus Professor Paul Wright, the ensemble tutor, one of Australia's leading chamber musicians.

Equal to developing a high quality chamber orchestra, emphasis is placed on the development of the individual. Positions within the chamber orchestra will change between concerts and opportunities for solos and concerti will be available where participants have demonstrated a significant commitment to development. The ensemble also provides opportunities for players to prepare and perform smaller chamber music works.

As well as performing in the College's regular Concert Series, The Chamber Orchestra has performed numerous times at Government House Ballroom, as well as tours to Chittering and Dunsborough.

 

 

The Early Music Ensemble

The Early Music Ensemble at St George’s is formed by gifted tertiary and post-tertiary artists with a keen interest in early music. Launched in July 2016, the Ensemble receives regular tuition from Early Music specialists Paul Wright, Kate Walpole, and Shaun Lee-Chen. Their repertoire covers a range of seventeenth and eighteenth century works, including those by Vivaldi, Couperin, Bach, Uccellini and Matteis.

Members of the ensemble have travelled to Europe in the past two years to participate in workshops and masterclasses. In 2017, the ensemble was invited to the Government House Ballroom to perform at a special birthday celebration in honour of the 91st Birthday of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II.

The ensemble focuses on traditional performance practice and perform on Baroque instruments with gut strings.

 

The String Quartet

The String Quartet of St George’s College is comprised of four prodigious young musicians, three of whom are studying for their Bachelor of Music Degrees and one who is completing his year 12 studies . They receive regular tuition from Emeritus Professor Paul Wright and also have opportunities to be tutored by local and visiting artists.

The String Quartet has performed in a masterclasses with the Ensō String Quartet and the Australian String Quartet. It has also performed as the interval artists at the Ensō String Quartet concert at the Perth Concert Hall and is regularly invited back to perform at the 'Rising Stars' concert in the Government House Ballroom. In 2016, it won the Royal Schools of Music Ensemble Competition present by the Royal Over-Seas League and recently took out first place at the 2017 Fremantle Eisteddfod in the Open String Ensemble Section.

The members of the string quartet are not only talented chamber musicians - they are also accomplished solo and orchestral performers.