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One man quartet: Sven Östring seeks other classically-trained musicians. Picture: Natalie Roberts

One man quartet: Sven Östring seeks other classically-trained musicians. Picture: Natalie Roberts

THE violinist started an orchestra in his previous home of Perth by word-of-mouth but being new to The Ponds he's decided to try this call-out through his local newspaper, he said.

"The orchestra was primarily religious-based and we played a combination of classical, hymns and contemporary Christian music at worship events and Easter events, etcetera," Mr Östring, 40, said.

"This would be a secular orchestra and we could look at playing Beethoven, Tchaikovsky, Mozart — just the great classics.

"We could have a goal of putting on a music concert in The [Hills] region, or to play in the Rouse Hill shopping centre square."

Mr Östring began playing the violin when he was seven and since 1992 has played in the first violins section of many community orchestras, including the Fremantle Symphony Orchestra (2009-13); Institute of Worship Orchestra in Queensland, Victoria and WA (2006-13); All Souls Orchestra in London (2001-03); and the Christchurch Youth Orchestra in New Zealand (1992-97).

He is currently the director of discipleship movements with the Seventh-day Adventist Church in Epping.

He hopes other amateur classically-trained musicians, particularly from The Ponds, Kellyville Ridge, Stanhope Gardens and Rouse Hill areas, will answer his call-out.

"If we find out there's more interest then we could look at starting a double quartet or a small chamber orchestra," he said.

"I've found quartets are a great way of bringing people together and building community and for amateur classical musicians to get together to play music.

"They wouldn't if they were just at home with their families and don't maybe have the other musicians required [for a quartet]."

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