In Week 9, the String Ensemble embarked upon a performance tour to the Riverland regions. They performed at five different schools in the region: Loxton High School, Berri Primary School, Renmark Primary School, Renmark North Primary School and Monash Primary School. They shared their enthusiasm for music with an equally enthusiastic audience and performed with rigour and passion. 

The String Ensemble also took the opportunity to immerse themselves in local history with a visit to the Loxton Historical Village. They made rope, damper and even churned their own butter while learning of the history of Loxton as well as the Riverland region. A visit to Century Orchards taught the students about almond growing in the Riverland regions. They even had a go at picking their own oranges while listening to expert Agriculture teacher Justine Fogden from Loxton High School explain about the region’s important role in state and national agriculture. The students then had the opportunity to show off their mini golf skills and showed great team work with a lot of enthusiasm.

A quick stop in Barossa allowed the students to get up close and personal with the Hill and Son Grand Organ. They indulged in an intimate concert with acclaimed organist Joshua van Konkelenberg but was also given the once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to play the majestic Grand organ.