ACO2 - Inspiring Young Musicians
ACO2, the ACO's precocious little sister, delivers the ACO's regional touring and education programs. ACO2 connects our Emerging Artists, the next generation of talented young Australian musicians with the stars of the ACO, creating a combined ensemble with a fresh, energetic performance style. Led by Helena Rathbone, the ACO's inspired Principal Second Violin, ACO2 commenced touring in 2007 and by the end of 2011 will have visited over fifty regional centres in Queensland, New South Wales, Victoria, South Australia and Western Australia.
Importantly, ACO2 in turn runs workshops for students in regional and metropolitan areas. Thus the ACO's Education Program identifies, connects and mentors three generations of Australian string players, making the future very bright indeed.
In February 2010, with the invaluable support of Wesfarmers Arts, AcO2 embarked on a visionary tour of the South West of Western Australia for the first time in 11 years. Communities were engaged and del