Maestro & Me Update 10 -12

Maestro & Me Blog Weeks 10 – 12

From Artistic Director Gemma Turvey


The Maestro & Me program culminates this week as students prepare to perform at Buninyong Primary’s Music on the Mount Concert this Saturday 2nd September with the NPCO!


I encourage you all to come along to the concert, which will feature premiere performances of original compositions by the Maestro & Me students. Compositions by children are breathtaking in their creativity, and truly inspiring. I can’t wait to share them with you all. For full details and tickets visit:


These last 3 sessions of the program the students have focused on putting the finishing touches to their own compositions, and practicing performing for each other. (And keeping warm!!)


These last few weeks I have tried hard to remember who first taught me how to walk on stage, how to prepare to play, where to put my hands when I finished a piece, how to bow. All these aspects of performing a musician learns and develops over time. I have distinct memories of receiving instruction and advice along the way, but I can’t remember who first taught me how to bow!


Each student group practiced walking up to their instrument, bowing to accept the applause, and settling themselves to begin. I was, as always, so impressed by the students’ maturity and positive approach to practicing these skills, and the excitement with which they embraced the challenges.


We will have one final rehearsal this week, with Jeremy Blackman (violin) and Rosie Savage (French Horn) from the NPCO joining us for the afternoon to play along! It’s going to be a hoot!


About Maestro & Me

Maestro & Me is an initiative of Buninyong Primary School and the NPCO, funded by Creative Victoria’s Artist in Schools Program.

Through Terms 2 and 3 students at Buninyong Primary School Years 3-6 will work with NPCO Artistic Director, pianist/composer Gemma Turvey learning how to improvise and create their own, original compositions! The program will culminate in their Music on the Mount concert in September, showcasing many of their compositions performed by the New Palm Court Orchestra for the broader school community!