Located in Perth, Western Australia, we are a volunteer-run organisation designed to offer friendly, relaxed and un-auditioned ensemble opportunities for young and old. To join you just require some idea about reading music and, for adults, the enthusiasm to revisit long forgotten childhood talent or to take up a new challenge as an adult learning an instrument!
We offer beginner string instrument group lessons for children curious about learning music. We have violins and cellos available for hire as part of our Bean Sprout programme.
Our ensembles include:
BEAN SPROUTS – for kids who want to learn violin or cello.
BUDS – for learning technique and ensemble playing with other beginner kids.
STRING BEANS – primary school students developing technique and performance skills.
HARVEST ENSEMBLE - workshops for young adults playing in a group.
AWKWARDSTRA – a beginner adult group enjoying the challenge of re-acquainting themselves with an earlier musical interest or joining an ensemble for the first time.
DORKESTRA – an intermediate group for adult string and woodwind players.
SING – a soprano, alto, tenor, bass choir for those who can sing in tune!
Daemon Clark, Maestro and legendary conductor, specialises in bringing joy to people in the early stages of their playing experience. As well as conducting the String Beans, Harvesters, Awkwardstra, and Dorkestra for the Instrumentals, he takes the Summer Strings at the Perth Summer Orchestra Camp and tutors for the West Australian Youth Orchestra. Daemon teaches violin and takes ensembles at Hale School and is a keen violinist himself, performing regularly at St Mary’s Cathedral and as a member of Mill Point Quartet, Bonsemble and Trio Destello. Daemon's endlessly generous enthusiasm for conducting is much appreciated by us all. Without him we would be much much worse!