Another string in Archie’s bow

Teen cellist Archie Bate plays his original composition to an attentive audience of music lovers at Bendigo’s town hall Friday. Picture: DARREN HOWETeenage musician Archie Batehas teamed up with aBendigo sculptorfor a yearlong project that will test both artists’commitment to their craft.

Mr Bate has madea pact to play his cello every day this year, while artistSuzie O’Sheawill sculpt 366 of her signature ceramicdresses in 2016.

Mr Bate premiered his firstoriginal composition in an intimate performance at the Bendigo Town Hall on Friday morning that was attended by mayor Rod Fyffe and tourism head Kathryn McKenzie.

Cellist Archie Rowe performs original composition ‘Dust Country’. Entitled Dust Country, the piece was inspired by his family’s travels in the Australian outback.

Archie Bate. Picture: DARREN HOWE

The cellist, who is about to begin Year 12at Melbourne Grammar School, said he first picked up the instrument in grade 2 at Girton Grammar.

He said the 12-month commitment would take some planning.

“Christmas, Australia Day,those kinds of days when you might be heading away for the weekend, you have to get in practice before you leave home,” Mr Bate said.

He said he chose the cello because he wanted to be different from his violin-playing brother, but had since grown to love the instrument’s timbre.

“You can play at the bottom end of an orchestra, but you can also make it sing,” he said.

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