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John Noble’s Quartet Program and Crashendo! Bairnsdale partnership


Improving the wellbeing of young people in East Gippsland.

Students from John Noble's Quartet Program
The partnership between John Noble’s Quartet Program and Crashendo! Bairnsdale is an expansion and extension of an existing community music program in East Gippsland, made possible by a $50,000 grant from the Victorian Government’s Stronger Regional Communities Program

Crashendo! Bairnsdale is a social change program helping to improve academia and the health and wellbeing of young people through group instrumental music.

This is the first program to offer ongoing professional pathways for East Gippsland string students, including the chance to play alongside industry recognised professionals.

The grant has helped Crashendo! Bairnsdale to secure a partnership with John Noble’s Quartet Program – a String Chamber Music program for students of regional and rural Victoria. The new collaboration with the program and Bairnsdale Hub will extend local opportunities for Crashendo! Bairnsdale ‘graduates’ and other advanced young local strings musicians.

John Noble said the new partnership was exciting, innovative & inspiring.

Students from John Noble's Quartet Program“No such program exists that offers ongoing professional mentorship, performance opportunities, collaboration, and a potential professional pathway for these string students,” John said.

“Musician members will experience beautiful repertoire from the complete range from baroque right through to 21st century. They will be offered the inspiring opportunities to share the stage with their professional mentors, Flinders Quartet, as they perform side-by-side.”

Crashendo! Bairnsdale President Maureen Plunkett was proud to partner with such an esteemed program.

“These young musicians will experience excellence through the diligence and discipline that is synonymous with quality chamber music,” Maureen said.

Programs like Crashendo! Bairnsdale emphasise community connectedness and are an important way to help rebuild communities and support young people following summer’s devastating bushfires.

Crashendo! Bairnsdale is supported by the Victorian Government’s Stronger Regional Communities Program, the Foundation for Rural and Regional Renewal - Strengthening Rural Communities Program, the Gippsland Primary Health Network - One Good Community Wellbeing Program, the Collier Charitable Fund the and Paynesville Op Shop.

John Noble’s Quartet Program is supported by Creative Partnerships Australia through the Australian Cultural Fund.

A further collaboration with the Bairnsdale Hub will provide a newly modernised rehearsal space with high speed internet and collaborative technologies, once restrictions have eased.

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