Meet the Grant Family

Meet the Grant family; a family that epitomizes the founding principle of the CSO Association… families sharing music. We meet Colleen Grant and find out just what it is like to be the wife and mother to all these musicians!

Have opportunities arisen in your family as a result of everyone being given the gift of learning music?  We don’t have a lot of piped music it is all fresh and different every time.  They can all sing even if mum can’t!  All the kids have had lots of opportunities to perform at various locations and situations.

What does the wife and mum of all these musicians get to do on a Monday evening when her family heads off to orchestra?  My own stuff (usually reading or sewing without interruption) in peace and quiet plus cooking dinner for hungry musicians.

Are there times when music turns your household upside down? Arguments on who gets the music room for practice, finding enough black clothing for all to perform in, and it can get very noisy.

Do you have any tips for mums and dads trying to encourage children to persevere with their music?  
   1.  Don’t push too hard; who wants to learn, you
        or your child?
   2.  Set a standard
   3.  Use bribes.  If the girls haven’t done their
        practice by a set time they
        lose there phones till they have done it,
        usually Monday to Friday only
   4.  Reward...reward...reward...









Meet Ian Charlesworth


When did French Horn come in to the picture? In high school, year eight, I wanted to play trombone…. "Sorry, your arm’s not long enough so try French horn" was the response. As you can see I’ve not bothered switching. I was playing in the Young People’s Orchestra, Elizabeth, South Australia, which is where I grew up. Lived in the same place for 17 years, then moved all over Australia.

What do you love about the French Horn? I love the tone of it, its got a mellowness that contrasts to the trumpet brightness. I love its range, has a larger range than other brass instruments, versatile, goes anywhere except a Brass Band.

You’ve played in plenty of Bands? I have played in numerous bands and orchestras. I love the orchestral repertoire; I love the mixture of textures that you get with an orchestra. I like the Classical music that was written for orchestra, even of John Williams that offers the textures and colours.

What has inspired you to continue being a musician? Um, I think probably the enjoyment that I’ve gained from performing. Despite being forced in to it initially, I was only forced in to learning the piano; it’s the fact of performing in an ensemble that has inspired me to carry on. My father being in the light-operatic company, he would have a major role. Dad still sings, even though he has just turned 88.

Being part of CSO, how has this benefited your life? Certainly it has benefited me in that it has given me motivation to get back in to playing. It gives me something in my life that I do for me – everything else is for work, or with family. It’s something that I enjoy.

What advice would you give someone thinking of being a musician? If you want to have a go at different instruments, don’t just stick with one if you’re not enjoying it. You could be someone who sits on the sidelines, but if you get involved, you get more out of it! Unlike sport, it is something you can do all year round and until the day you die; something you can do socially and actively.




Meet Alyssa Rudrum


What has inspired you to be a musician? Ohhh, um, I don’t know, I just love music, I like Andre Rieu, and Sharon Corr, and the Corrs are sort of my inspiration from my Dad. Sometimes there are people that all my friends look up, we listen to their music and kind of try and play it.

Why did you decide to be part of CSO, what does it offer your family? I thought it would be really fun because I meet new people and make new friends. My mum plays Trumpet so its good for her too. I like going to concerts and stuff because its cool to play in front of other people and be with people who share the same interests as me.

Being part of CSO, how has this benefited your life? It has helped with music at school; it has given me the confidence to play at other places such as my friend’s church.Which group do you play in? I was in the String Orchestra for my first year. At the start of 2013 I joined the CSO and half way through the year I was moved to the first violin section. Just at the end of 2013, I joined the Fiddle Group as well; I like Celtic music and playing fast.

What advice would you give someone thinking of being a musician? Do it! Its really fun and you get to experience a lot of new things and learn things from other people, and make a lot of friends. If you practice every day you can do things like travel overseas with groups. I am off to Europe this year with my school music program.