The members of Flinders Quartet have a steadfast commitment to the development of Australian chamber music, musicians and audiences. As teachers and mentors they regularly work with the Australian Youth Orchestra and its developmental programs for young chamber groups. They also work with the Victorian Amateur Chamber Music Society, and are regularly invited to tutor at secondary and tertiary institutions throughout Australia including the University of Melbourne.
As string quartet in residence at fortyfivedownstairs, Flinders Quartet open the doors to its rehearsal room three time a year, giving the public a window in on the creative process.
Everyone is invited to be part of these rare and intriguing events. Check the calendar for details of the next open rehearsal.
Commencing in 2016 and as a way of providing students and amateur musicians the chance to perform in a professional setting, Flinders Quartet has invited ensembles from Victorian College of the Arts Secondary School, Monash University, Victorian Amateur Chamber Music Society and Yarra Valley Grammar to perform before their Collins Street Baptist Church lunchtime concerts. This project also involves open workshops with the students prior to their concert. If you have an ensemble that wishes to be considered for this project in the future, please email us.
Also in 2016, Flinders Quartet held their inaugural composer workshop and performance initiative. This project sees up to eight composers invited to explore their compositions with members of the quartet in a series of open-to-the-public workshop; culminating with a free public performance of the chosen works. This initiative continues in 2017. Click here for more information.
SCHOOLS CONCERTS & WORKSHOPS
Flinders Quartet perform concerts and workshops for students of all ages and can work to highlight specific aspects of a curriculum. In particular, Flinders can work with VCE students on their group music and any work in arranging music for string instruments.
Flinders Quartet can present concerts to primary or secondary age children.
Flinders Quartet has embarked on a venture with remote or interstate students, workshopping via Skype. This is normally a demonstration workshop where Flinders Quartet can answer specific questions of secondary and VCE students, and workshop various ideas.
A highly successful workshop with Radford College in Canberra has served as impetus to further explore these possibilities.