Wollongong Conservatorium of Music BlueScope Youth Orchestra is celebrating its 35th anniversary with its first tour in over 18 months.
The orchestra is leaving for the five day tour next Tuesday, April 6 visiting Cootamundra Arts Centre on Saturday, April 10 for a concert starting at 2pm.
Tanya Phillips, BlueScope Youth Orchestra manager said proceeds of next weekend's concert will be split between supporting The Arts Centre Cootamundra, and the Cootamundra Strings Program at Cootamundra Public School.
"The BlueScope Youth Orchestra is very proud to support the Cootamundra String Program, because it was started a few years ago by Katie Spicer," Ms Phillips said.
"Katie has had a long association with the Youth Orchestra in Wollongong, as all three of her children went through the program, and her eldest son on scholarship to learn the viola.
"Luke Spicer, is now one of Australia's best young conductors, having conducted the Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra, and the Opera and Ballet Orchestra in the Sydney Opera House, as well as many other significant performances.
"Katie has seen the journey her own children have gone in music, and she was keen to replicate this in Cootamundra when she relocated from Picton.
"Our Orchestra is happy to support Katie in her endeavours, as well as TACC, in their support of us.
"Interestingly we note the 3801 will be around next week, and the very first visit the BlueScope Youth Orchestra had to Cootamundra was in 1998 aboard the 3801.
"The BlueScope Youth Orchestra is the only Youth Orchestra in Australia who has traversed country NSW by steam train, so we find it ironic that the week we return to Cootamundra the 3801 is in town," Ms Phillips said.
Over the week the Orchestra will perform some well-known classical dances such as Brahms Hungarian Dance No.5, Dvorak Slavonic Dance No.8, a series of Brahms Waltzes, the famous Waltz of the Flowers from Tchaikovsky's Nutcracker Ballet, dances from French composer Poulenc's Suite Francais for Piano, Offenbach's Can Can, and a compilation arrangement of film composer Ennio Morricone's music, in tribute to his passing last year.
Justin Ankus, CEO of the Conservatorium said "Music is all about sharing, musicians working with one and other and playing for others".
"We are thrilled that after a challenging year, during which it was difficult to play with or for others, we are now able to go on this tour and celebrate with some of our regional communities".