Sydney Youth Orchestra Summer School


My name is Rose Light and I am 13 years old. I have been playing the violin for 4 years and I am in grade 8 AMEB. This year I will be in year 8 at Bishop Druitt College. I love playing violin because I love seeing people enjoy the performance, it is challenging, I can play with other people and I enjoy the process of learning a new piece and understanding the technique and musicality of that piece. I want to be a professional violinist. I plan to study music performance at university and to perform with chamber ensembles, orchestras and as a virtuoso soloist.

I learn violin from Pat Brearley at the Coffs Harbour Regional Conservatorium and my mother and I drive a 10 hour round trip to Brisbane several times a year for individual master classes with Michele Walsh, who is the Head of Strings at the Queensland Conservatorium.

I love performing with ensembles and as a soloist. I play in two advanced chamber ensembles: the Academy at the Coffs Harbour Regional Conservatorium and Highly Strung at Bishop Druitt College. I also play in the Coffs Harbour Youth Orchestra and the Bishop Druitt College Orchestra. I regularly perform at charity events and fundraisers on the Mid North Coast as well as at local nursing homes, at school and at the Coffs Harbour Regional Conservatorium. At the Coffs Harbour Instrumental Eisteddfod 2017, I was awarded Most Promising String Player and Highest Aggregate Under 13 Years.

This summer I attended the Sydney Youth Orchestra Summer School which was a highly valuable experience and taught me more about orchestral playing and styles of music. To get to Sydney, my mother and I took a train trip, which was supposed to last for 9 hours but ended up being 10 hours because it got too hot and the train could not run on the heated tracks!

I come from a single parent family and I busk every weekend to pay for my violin tuition. At the end of each year, I collect the savings that I have been putting aside for charity and through a Christian organisation called Compassion Australia, I select what the money will be used for. In 2017, I saved enough to buy one family a goat, 2 chickens, a mosquito net and a water filter.

I believe that learning classical music should be available for every child. In Coffs Harbour we have the Coffs Harbour Regional Conservatorium with the awesome Pat Brearley who is the Head Strings. I have learned so much from Pat and have had an abundance of fun during music lessons, ensemble rehearsals, and performances with everyone at the Con. We are also blessed to have BDC with a strong music department under Rebecca Day’s wonderful leadership and Sandra Smith who is the Head of Strings. I am so grateful to everyone who has supported me in my musical journey.

Link to a short video of Rose playing excerpts from Sonata no.1 by Beethoven and Cafe 1930 by Piazzolla.