Ben hits the right notes for orchestra

IN TUNE: There’s just two trumpet players in the Regional Youth Orchestra and Ornage’s Ben Hoskins-Murphy, 12 will be one of them. Photo: DECLAN RURENGA
Nanjing Night Net

The Regional Youth Orchestra will have a special guest duringtheir performance of the opera Carmen.

Ben Hoskins-Murphy, is 12-year-old andthe only primary school student in the orchestra.

The Catherine McAuley Primary student will besecond trumpet.

When he arrives in Sydney on Wednesday, there will be three hours of practise and a whole day on Thursday before the performance.

Carmen is a challenging piece of music and along with firsttrumpet Ben willstart with a simple melody before moving into off-beat.

“We have to set our own time and trumpets are very loud so there’s a lot of pressure to get it right,” Ben said.

Ben won’t be alone, his sister Sophie, has been selected as first violin and leader of the orchestra.

“There’s several first violins but only one leader of the orchestra,” he said.

They’re among nine musicians representing Orange Regional Conservatorium –one of the largest groups to join the orchestra.

Orange contingentSam Betts –First flute

Isabelle Clarke-Randazzo –Cello

Lucy Clarke-Randazzo –First violin

Max Eastwood –First violin

William Harper –Second bassoon

Ben Hoskins-Murphy –Second trumpet

Sophie Hoskins-Murphy –First violin and orchestra leader

Tegan Mackay –Viola

Harry Macpherson –First trombone

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