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You can’t stop the music

The Hedberg

University of Tasmania students and staff are temporarily unable to enjoy their new world-class arts and cultural hub, The Hedberg, in central Hobart, but it hasn’t curbed their creativity.

Executive Dean and Pro Vice-Chancellor of the College of Arts, Law and Education Professor Kate Darian-Smith said students from the Music program have found new ways to create, perform and learn online.

The official opening of The Hedberg with the University’s partners, the State Government, the Theatre Royal and generous donors, has been temporarily delayed.

Professor Darian-Smith said that amid the hardship and challenges of COVID-19, music had found a special place online and has lifted our spirits.

“In keeping with this, students in our Music program have been learning, collaborating, rehearsing and recording at home in isolation.”

While we wait until an appropriate time to celebrate, Professor Darian-Smith invited alumni, donors and friends to watch a video showcasing the talent of students in concert with dedicated staff.

Young musicians practising at home have also received a much-needed boost with the generous donation of instruments from the University of Tasmania.

Twelve small-size string instruments were given to the Tasmanian Youth Orchestra (TYO) to help them support musicians and singers aged five to 25.

TYO general manager Kyna Hart said the donation of two quarter-size cellos and 10 violins at eighth, quarter and half-sizes, will be particularly useful to younger TYO members, some of whom had been practising on their parent’s full-size instruments.

“Playing the right-size instrument is a much more enjoyable experience for young players, as it limits any physical pressures and it also supports the development of good technique from the outset.”

Any instruments not used by TYO members will be made available for community hire at minimal cost, through TYO’s instrument library.

Alumna and Head of the University’s School of Creative Arts and Media Associate Professor Meg Keating (BFA Hons 1998, PhD 2003) said it was wonderful to have found a good home for the instruments.

“In this current climate especially, it feels really great to be able to pass these instruments on to the TYO,” Associate Professor Keating said.

The $110 million facility, The Hedberg has been delivered through a collaborative partnership between the University of Tasmania, the Australian and Tasmanian Governments, the Theatre Royal and our generous donors.

Published on: 10 Jun 2020 1:44pm