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Sketch the Sounds of the Sea

Art and music collide in young minds, as musicians from the Darwin Symphony Orchestra (DSO) Young Artists Program take the little ones on an aquatic adventure.

By Tierney Seccull

Children are invited to sketch along and create their own masterpieces inspired by the sea, as the string quartet plays water-themed classics. Tara Murphy is DSO’s Concertmaster and Outreach/Education Officer, and says these kinds of experiences for children are important.

“The Young Artist Program performs alongside DSO mentors, and our youth members inspiring children through performances like this is very powerful," she says.

"These sea-themed pieces evoke an assortment of imagery in children’s minds, and by drawing along to the music, it transforms the sounds into something that young children can hold and keep.”

The DSO regularly engages with young audiences through their core program, something General Manager Kate Stephens says they’re committed to.

“We are really passionate about creating inspiring experiences for young people through music, because it is absolutely transformative … This is often the beginning of a lifelong enjoyment and exploration of creativity and music, and it is so important that we foster this.”

Sea-inspired sounds include sailor’s hornpipes and sea shanties. Murphy says Darwin’s natural environment is a huge source of inspiration.

“We are so fortunate to perform music and create art on Larrakia Land, and be surrounded by the Arafura Sea. It’s hard not to be inspired by that.”

Spark your child’s creativity, as some of Darwin's brightest young musicians take them on an interactive musical adventure through the sea.

Sketch the Sounds of the Sea
SAT 12 NOV | 9.30AM & 11AM
COST $5-$35+BF

Photos: Paz Tassone

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