Gloucester High School's Zeke Llewellyn in Schools Spectacular 2018

Zeke Llewellyn enjoys the challenge of playing classical music on his violin. Photo Anne Keen
Zeke Llewellyn enjoys the challenge of playing classical music on his violin. Photo Anne Keen

Zeke Llewellyn just keeps adding to his list of experiences as a classical musician.

Recently the year nine Gloucester High School found out he will be playing his violin as a member of the orchestra in this year’s Schools Spectacular.

He’s never been a part of the event before, but this year he decided to audition.

“I thought it would be a good experience,” he said.

“And my parents encouraged me to give it a go.”

Zeke will join an elite band of some of the State’s most accomplished musicians.

It’s not the first time, Zeke’s violin playing has taken him to Sydney, having taking in part in playlink with Sydney Symphony Orchestra and a five day workshop with international composer Paul Rissmann which ended with a performance at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music.

Zeke comes from a musical family with both his mother, Laura and father, Rob having played in orchestras professionally.

He started playing violin when he was in kindergarten, after his parents took him to see the Sydney Symphony Orchestra and he took a liking to the instrument. 

“It’s cool and challenging,” he said.

Currently, he gets his lessons via Skype, a technology his mother thinks is fantastic.

“The internet enables regional students to access specialist tuition,” Laura said. 

Laura, who is a music teacher at Gloucester High School, will also be in Sydney during the event as part of the production team. 

Zeke received the 90 pages of sheet music on Monday, October 29 which he needs to learn in time for the rehearsals that start a week and a half before the production.

Schools Spectacular 2018 will be staged at the Qudos Bank Arena in Sydney’s Olympic Park over four shows on Friday and Saturday, November 23 and 24.

Already officially heralded as the Guinness World Record holder for the Largest Amateur Variety Act in the world in 2016, with its theme “The Greatest”, this year’s Schools Spectacular promises to be another memorable event.