Fraser Performs at Sydney Opera House as part of Australian Youth Orchestra
Fraser Wallace (Year 12) was the only West Australian secondary school student selected in this year's Australian Youth Orchestra (AYO), which performed recently at the Sydney Opera House Concert Hall in July.
The cellist, who is also the School’s Captain of Music for 2011, auditioned for the prestigious orchestra in July last year. The highly competitive AYO auditions are open to any musician in Australia under the age of 25.
Christ Church’s Director of Music Kevin Gillam, who was once a member of the AYO himself, said most members of the orchestra were tertiary or post-graduate music students. “For Fraser to have been accepted at the age of 16 is quite an achievement,” Mr Gillam said.
“Fraser is an extremely talented and self-disciplined musician and currently, the top performing student in the Year 12 music class. He is a true role model for all of our young musicians.”
Former Christ Church student Riley Skevington (Class of 2010) was also one of the youngest students to be selected in the AYO in 2008, at just 14.
Mr Gillam said Fraser, who is taught by Dr Suzanne Wijsman, would work with some of Australia’s most talented conductors on challenging repertoire.
His next performance will be as a soloist in the CCGS/MLC Concerto Night on Friday 16 September, at MLC’s Hadley Hall, from 7.00pm.