Bulkley Valley Hosts Three-day Strings Workshop

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The Bulkley Valley Classical Strings Society received $6,000 from Innovations to hold a three-day Northwest String Orchestra Workshop, uniting amateur classical string players from across BC's Northwest. Thirty-one people took part, ranging from ages nine to 60. A variety of instruments and abilities gave the workshop a healthy balance.

The workshop brought in two prominent Canadian music directors who worked with the students. Because of the area's geographic isolation, many of these string players played together for the first time. Through the workshop, the group was able to meet its goal of building a stronger classical string community in the Northwest.

Many of the area's students and teachers took part which forged relationships between communities. The group can now take music past simple notes on a page, to create a communal, supportive environment of string players in Northwest BC. Feedback was so positive that most requested the workshop become an annual event.

Innovations invests in arts, cultural and heritage organizations wishing to create new opportunities for community members to participate in arts and cultural activities. The program is supported by the Province of British Columbia.