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A violin for Christmas

In Term 3 2016, Musica Viva In Schools ensemble Fiddlesticks toured the Hume rural region in northeastern Victoria. With guitar, violin and cello, Fiddlesticks showcased the versatility of the string family of instruments, by playing a varied repertoire from tango to familiar classics.

Many of the schools in the Hume region of Victoria have low Community Socio-Educational Advantage (ICSEA) ratings and their remote locations mean limited access to live music. Generous subsidies made possible by the Hamer Family Fund through Musica Viva’s Equal Music program enabled Fiddlesticks to perform concerts at a number of these regional schools.

After one performance, a music teacher was delighted to share the following story:

“I had a lovely surprise yesterday. One of the young students asked Santa for a violin. After watching Fiddlesticks and the unit we did before, her mum said she has been entranced by classical music. They are a young family and really can’t afford the violin or the lessons. But the family has juggled to make it happen. The student spent half an hour with me this morning on yard duty talking about it. She is also enrolled to start lessons on Monday. Small change in the world – huge change to her!”

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