Jindy students perform at the Opera House

MORE than 40 Jindabyne Central School (JCS) students have performed at the Sydney Opera House in front of a crowd of thousands.

The string and recorder students joined about 1,000 other primary school students from across the state to form an enormous ensemble as part of the Festival of Instrumental Learning.

The 41 JCS students and one Berridale student have spent the past year preparing for the performance in the main concert hall of the Opera House, before an audience of 2,500.

Snowy Strings director Mary-Anne Simpson said the repertoire was challenging but her strings students, along with the school's recorder students, did an impressive job to learn the four pieces.

"Enormous confidence is built during that amount of time because the students know they have to be good enough to perform on the Opera House stage," Mrs Simpson said.

"It's a big commitment and we find out early on if a child isn't going to handle it. But those who do are very proud of themselves."

The opening recorder piece was Galliard Irregulier composed by Tracy Burjan while the second item was a well-loved folk song Mango Walk.

The string musicians played Funeral March by Gustav Mahler, Bushwacker Stomp by Keith Sharp and Dooderlackie Blues.

Concluding the concert was the world premiere of an Andrew Robertson composition Rocky Hammond - Private Investigator.

The combined string and recorder composition, which was written especially for the concert, had a distinct James Bond feel and provided a triumphant conclusion.

The performance was streamed live on the internet.

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