Presented by Graeme Leak

The make and play orchestra


Suitable for

Year 5, Year 6, Year 7, Year 8, Year 9, Year 10, Year 11, Year 12

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. This event 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 by 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.


Students and teachers participating in the must attend a minimum of one rehearsal on Thursday 2 or Friday 3 May, before joining the dress rehearsal and public concert at Deakin Edge in the afternoon of Saturday 4 May 2019.


Learning Outcomes:

  • following a conductor, keeping time in an ensemble, listening, watching, trusting, counting beats, improvising, tempo and balancing working with others
  • recognise rhythmic, melodic and harmonic patterns and beat groupings
  • consider cultural and social contexts of music
  • develop reflective practice
  • appreciate diverse perspectives.


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  • Thu 2 May 2019
  • 11:30 am - 1:00 pm
  • 2:30 pm - 4:00 pm
  • Fri 3 May 2019
  • 11:30 am - 1:00 pm
  • 2:30 pm - 4:00 pm
  • Sat 4 May 2019
  • 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Session Information

The make and play performance will take place on Saturday 4 May, from 5:00 pm to 6:00 pm. There will be a dress rehearsal at Deakin Edge between 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm.


Deakin Edge, Federation Square


It is free for Victorian students and teachers to join and play in the Make and Play Orchestra provided they commit to attending at least one rehearsal, and the dress rehearsal between 2:00 - 4:00 pm on Sat 4 May, prior to the performance.

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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.