Albury cello player plays in Schools Spectacular orchestra

REPRESENTING RIVERINA: Albury's Aylish Jorgensen, 13, during Schools Spectacular preparations. She was one of the youngest musicians chosen for the orchestra.

REPRESENTING RIVERINA: Albury's Aylish Jorgensen, 13, during Schools Spectacular preparations. She was one of the youngest musicians chosen for the orchestra.

ALBURY, Holbrook and Culcairn families will watch their television screens closely this weekend, hoping to catch sight of Riverina students performing in the Schools Spectacular.

The annual musical showcase of public schools, presented in Sydney last week, will be broadcast Saturday night on Prime 7.

Albury High School’s Aylish Jorgensen, 13, played in the event’s symphony orchestra, the youngest of 13 cello players and one of only two year 7 students in the whole ensemble.

The teenager sent in an audition filmed in her living room but hadn’t expected to be chosen, given her age. The musicians received about 37 pieces to practise before joining together in Sydney for daily rehearsals in the week before the shows.

Aylish, who began learning cello a decade ago, said the performances were “awesome”.

“It was a great light show, there were fireworks and fire right next to me,” she said.

“I wasn’t supposed to, but sometimes you just had to turn your head and watch the show.”

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