The return of the symphony

11 August 2020

Emotions are high and the music is magnificent as the West Australian Symphony Orchestra returns to full rehearsals. Experience the joy of this history-making moment captured in Seesaw’s exclusive podcast.

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For the past five months musicians from the West Australian Symphony Orchestra have been practising at home, gathering for the occasional small-scale, socially-distanced chamber music broadcast, and waiting for this day.

Rosalind Appleby captures in an exclusive podcast the sounds and emotions of the musicians as they return to the Perth Concert Hall.

“When the brass started playing it was amazing, I was nearly blown off my seat! I had forgotten what the sound of a trumpet was like and it was magnificent. It is quite indescribable actually, the feeling of being inside an orchestra.”

Semra Lee-Smith, associate concertmaster, West Australian Symphony Orchestra

With thanks to manager of artistic planning Evan Kennea, trumpet player Jenna Smith and associate concertmaster Semra Lee-Smith.

Read more about WASO’s return to rehearsals.

WASO will perform Dracula with the WA Ballet September 11-26 and return to the stage with Carmina Burana on October 1, 2 & 3, and Dvoraks Symphony No 8 on October 8, 9 & 10.

Pictured top: A joyful reunion for concertmaster Laurence Jackson and associate concertmaster Semra Lee as rehearsals recommence for the West Australian Symphony Orchestra. Photo Rosalind Appleby

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Rosalind Appleby

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Rosalind Appleby

Rosalind Appleby is an arts journalist, author and speaker. She is co-editor of Seesaw Magazine, author of Women of Note, and has written for The West Australian, The Guardian, The Australian, Limelight magazine and Opera magazine. She loves the percussion instruments which can be found in the uber cool parks.

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