Robert Manley, cellist with The Orpheus String Quartet.
Robert Manley, cellist with The Orpheus String Quartet. Contributed

Caves cellist brings Bach to CQ

HE GREW up at The Caves and tested his skills on the stage in Rockhampton.

Now cellist Robert Manley will return to his home town with The Orpheus Club Strong Quartet, along with violinists Emily Sheppard and Yena Choi and Katie Yap on viola.

After schooling in Rockhampton, Robert went on to study at the Australian National Academy of Music in Melbourne, the nation's peak classical training body.

"The academy is like finishing school for the best classical music students in the country,” Robert said.

"To get in is like being in the finals of The Voice, but when you do get in all the other students seem to be better than you. That makes you work even harder.”

Robert performed in Rockhampton Chamber Music concerts, several eisteddfods; as he puts it, "the whole shebang”.

"So when Arts Central Queensland suggested this tour I jumped at the opportunity,” he said.

"For me music is about sharing and growing as human beings. The schools concerts and workshops we're doing really appeal to me too.

"Imagine hearing your very first live string quartet at school. What a blast.”

The group will perform at Yeppoon High School, Mount Morgan Central School, Woorabinda State School, Rockhampton High School, North Rockhampton High School, Emu Park Primary School, Glenmore State Primary School and Gladstone State High School.

Public concerts will be performed at:

  • St Saviour's Church, Gladstone, 7pm Friday, June 16
  • Walter Reid Cultural Centre, Rockhampton, 7pm Saturday, June 17
  • The Haven, Emu Park, 7pm Saturday, June 24
  • Uniting Church, Mount Morgan 7pm Tuesday, June 27
  • St Joseph's Cathedral, Rockhampton 5.30pm Wednesday, June 28
  • Tanby Garden Centre, Tanby 2pm Thursday, June 29
  • Queen Street Hall, Yeppoon 7pm Friday, June 30
  • The Workshop, Rockhampton 7pm Saturday, July 1


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