Presented by Graeme Leak

Make and Play Orchestra Performance


Suitable for

Families, children all ages

Subject areas

Music, Performing arts, Sustainability, Technology, Personal and social capability

The Make and Play Orchestra is an intergenerational, open plan musical experience devised and directed by music maker and composer, Graeme Leak.


The performance will focus on bringing together a community of players, including students, through the union of traditional orchestral instruments with the unique, bespoke and home-made string and percussion instruments created during the festival’s Make and Play Instrument Making Workshops with The Song Room.


Graeme recently ran a community orchestra program for the opening of the Gargarro Soundshell in Girgarre, near Shepparton. The small town has been rebuilding after setbacks, and Graeme’s brief was to transform Girgarre with sound and music.


His players included two 82-years-olds, a Year 5 student and lots of local farmers and townsfolk, most of whom had never played any music before. They loved the experience so much that they have volunteered to come and join the Make and Play orchestra when they perform in our festival.

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  • Sat 4 May 2019
  • 5:00 pm - 6:00 pm


Deakin Edge, Federation Square


Students: $8 Adults: $15 Concession: $10

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Deakin Edge, Federation Square

Swanston Street and Flinders Lane, Melbourne


Deakin Edge is part of Federation Square, located on the corner of Swanston and Flinders streets. Main access is from Flinders Street.


It’s across the road from Flinders Street Station, and is also served by city trams routes that run down Flinders and Swanston streets, and several bus routes.


There’s also parking at Federation Square, the arts precinct, and city car parks.


Coach drop-offs can be made at the Russell Street extension, and along Flinders Street. The nearest coach parking is along St Kilda Road, opposite the Arts Centre and the NGV.