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Fine Music 102.5 FM opens Learning Centre

Holly Friedlander Liddicoat, 24th February 2017

Sydney’s North Shore based classical and jazz radio station, Fine Music 102.5, opened its studio doors last Sunday and welcomed Sydney’s next generation of classical music lovers to their brand-new Learning Centre.

The centre is specifically designed to nurture new audiences for classical music. 

2MBS_Bob Hawke + Benett Tsai

Toby Thatcher, who at 28 already holds the coveted position of Assistant Conductor of the Sydney Symphony Orchestra, engaged the audience, saying, "classical music [is] an engaging, visceral, confronting experience that is entirely capable of being enjoyed by all ages and demographics alike”. Whilst showing a video of the Australian Youth Orchestra performing a high-energy Shostakovich Symphony at the BBC Proms he concluded, “if young people don't find that exciting, we haven't done enough to provide them with the tools to appreciate it”. 

Pictured (right) is one of Sydney’s finest young musicians, cellist Benett Tsai, who at only 14 has won multiple national awards. He was congratulated by Bob Hawke.

The Fine Music Learning Centre will be open for classes and activities to encourage all ages to take an interest in classical music.

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