St Hilda’s graduate to perform violin solo with Vienna Pops Orchestra New Year’s Eve

Emmalena Huning Picture: Bruce Hunt   d489647
Emmalena Huning Picture: Bruce Hunt d489647

ST Hilda’s Anglican School for Girls graduate Emmalena Huning will play a violin solo of Sarasate’s Zigeunerweisen at the 2018 New Year’s Eve Gala Concert that will raise money for the Rotary Club of Perth.

The 18-year-old said she was looking forward to playing with a full orchestra at the Perth Concert Hall where “the acoustics are amazing”.

The New Year’s Eve concert will also feature soprano Sara Macliver and baritone Andrew Foote who join musical director Mark Coughlan and his Vienna Pops Orchestra.

Huning has recently returned from London where she auditioned for the Royal Academy of Music and Royal College of Music.

She hopes to study a Bachelor degree for the next four years.

“Then I’d like to audition for a Masters and see if I can become a soloist,” she said.

It’s an impressive progression for the Melville resident who only started studying music three years ago, despite having played the violin “as a hobby” since she was age four.

“There was a moment when I was playing in the WA Youth Orchestra and the conductor was talking about a piece called Nimrod by Elgar and he said that was the piece that made him love music and want to do it for a living,” Huning said.

“It stuck with me and that was the moment that ticked over in my head.”

Huning has worked under music teacher Paul Wright for the past five years and the duo played together at the St George’s College Christmas concert earlier this week.

WHAT: New Year’s Eve Gala Concert with the Vienna Pops Orchestra

WHEN: Monday, December 31 from 2pm (matinee) and 9.30pm (gala concert)

WHERE: Perth Concert Hall

TICKETS: $45-$130 from or