Hills quartet grows into an orchestra

Resounding success: From left, Hanyi Lim, Cathy Wainwright, Sven Östring and Zachyi Lim. Picture: Natalie Roberts

Resounding success: From left, Hanyi Lim, Cathy Wainwright, Sven Östring and Zachyi Lim. Picture: Natalie Roberts

Remember Sven Östring?

When last we spoke with him he was three-quarters short of a string quartet, but he is now aspiring to start an orchestra.

Since late June, when he first made a call-out for other amateur classically-trained musicians through his local newspaper, he's found not three but 12 people to play with.

"We have had two rehearsals so far and are looking forward to continuing to grow," Mr Östring, of The Ponds, said.

Mr Östring is quietly confident they will be ready for their first public performance in November-December and welcomes more performers in the meantime.

"We now have six violins, one viola, a cello, flute, two clarinets, piano and are still looking for an oboe, bassoon, French horn, trumpet, trombone and double bass — ideally, one of each," he said.

Mr Östring has played the violin since he was seven and is currently the director of discipleship movements with the Seventh-day Adventist Church in Epping.

He has been in the first violins section of many community orchestras, including the Fremantle Symphony Orchestra (2009-13); All Souls Orchestra in London (2001-03); and the Christchurch Youth Orchestra in New Zealand (1992-97).

JOIN THE MOVEMENT

The new group meets every Tuesday, 7.30pm to 9pm, at The Hills Adventist College Kellyville campus where they are rehearsing Haydn's Symphony 101, known as The Clock.

■ Join the movement: Call 0422 544 183.

WHO’S JOINED?

■ Ara Stamboulian, Kellyville (violin);

■ Joan Cain (violin);

■ Sven Östring, The Ponds (violin);

■ Hanyi Pei, Stanhope Gardens (violin);

■ Zachyi Pei, Stanhope Gardens (violin);

■ Margaret McMurtry, Baulkham Hills (piano);

■ Cathy Wainwright, Castle Hill (flute);

■ Janet Crawshaw (clarinet);

■ Lindsay Wanstall (clarinet);

■ Ruth York, Seven Hills (violin);

■ Christine Bragg (cello); and

■ Jenny Doyle (viola).

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