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"Stringin Along" with Brian Buggy conducting a Clarinet ensemble of Mark Walton's students and friends.  http://www.markwalton.com.au

Earlier that afternoon the clarinet ensemble had just 15 minutes for their first and only rehearsal. In this time the composer, Brian Buggy, kindly gave them the skills and confidence to put on a good show.

"Stringin Along" was composed by Brian Buggy for a mixed ability string ensemble.  The names of the parts are "Brilliant, Amazing, Just-you-wait, etc..." instead of the usual "Violin 1, Violin 2, Violin 3..."  to help motivate young players and enhance their musical self-esteem.

This tune has been arranged for clarinets by Mark Walton. The original version for strings can be viewed at http://www.youtube.com/user/A1okEZ#p/u/88/dbbE7Oek3Ug

Brian Buggy OAM is an acclaimed Australian conductor, composer and educator. For 30 years Mr Buggy has inspired a love of music in students including Hugh Jackman, Georgie Parker, Hugo Weaving and Andy Garcia, who all acted in school musicals directed by Mr Buggy. Brian Buggy is currently the conductor of the Sydney Youth Orchestra Philharmonic.

Mark and Jo Walton presented "Stringin Along" during a fabulous free concert at the historic St Phillips Church in York Street, Sydney, Australia on 4th November 2011.  

Mark Walton is a clarinettist and saxophonist who has been Chair of Woodwind and Chair of Performance at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music for 19 years. Mark now shares his time, musical talents and energy teaching students in throughout Australia and New Zealand. He was awarded an Order of Australia in 2005. Mark is a pioneer in using webcam to facilitate musical education for students living in remote locations. Jo Walton is Mark's wife and an accomplished musician who graduated from the Guildhall School of Music, London.  Jo loves playing clarinet and saxophone. She is a superb organiser of events like this.

Mark Walton teaches children, teenagers, adults and seniors from complete beginners to professional performers in clarinet and saxophone.

Special thanks to Huw Jones, Lay Minister and Director of Music at St Phillips Church, a fine Oboist who has worked in some of the world's best orchestras, who helped make this event possible. http://www.yorkstreetanglican.com

You can view another video from this concert here: 
http://www.youtube.com/user/EeeZeeTV#p/u/0/mCi7S0AmUBo
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