Composer Sean O’Boyle’s Goulburn Concerto pairs the talents of the pros with the enthusiasm of youth.

Music making has long been known to have powerful benefits, especially on the academic and emotional development of young people. In recent years, numerous scientific studies have thrown a vast body of evidence behind this long-held notion, showing that performing and listening to classical music can improve mental prowess and social skills. However, opportunities for children to access instruments and tuition can be difficult to find, so learning about music hands-on can often been viewed as a luxury only available to a fortunate few.

The Canberra Symphony Orchestra is tackling this issue head on with its ActewAGL Meet the Music initiative. At its heart is a unique collaboration between the CSO and the Goulburn Strings Project– an outreach programme that allows students at Goulburn Public School, from years 3 to 5, to learn a stringed instrument. Under the guidance of mentors from the Goulburn Regional Conservatorium, these budding young talents have been working towards a world premiere performance of a newly commissioned work by Sean O’Boyle.

The Goulburn Concertowill feature the Sydney Symphony Orchestra’s Associate Concertmaster, Kirsten Williams, who has worked...