National Capital Orchestra resumes live rehearsals

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When the orchestra last convened in March of this year, it was well into preparations for a concert in celebration of Beethoven’s 250th birthday, which included the composer’s famous 5th Symphony.

Barbie talks with the National Capital Orchestra’s Louis Sharpe

The concert was also set to be Maestro Louis Sharpe’s conducting debut with the ensemble. Sadly, the concert was cancelled once the pandemic struck, and musicians were unable to rehearse even in smaller groups due to government restrictions.

Public concerts will not resume until restrictions lift further. However, everyone involved with the National Capital Orchestra is extremely happy to be back in the rehearsal hall.

The orchestra committee collaborated to create a COVID-safe plan for rehearsals to take place with safety precautions such as pre-registration and physical distancing. Once registrations were open, members flocked to indicate their interest.

Under the skilful baton of conductor Louis Sharpe, the orchestra members, who hail from all across the Canberra region, plan to present an exciting program of works by Brahms and Australian composer Percy Grainger.

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