Viola player turned presenter Emma Ayres the ABC Classic FM breakfast show host conducts musical workshop at Crows Nest.

www.highlifemagazine.netOver the weekend Saturday and Sunday the 15-16 March, Bunnyconnellen Olive Grove & Vineyard at Crows Nest will be hosting a charity event entitled ‘An Evening and Breakfast with Emma Ayres’ the most charming and engaging presenter of the ABC’s Classic FM breakfast show.

Emma will conduct an afternoon workshop at the property for young string quartet students from both Fairholme College and The Glennie School. Later that evening an audience will get to experience the fruits of the quartet’s workshop repertoire at a sponsored charity concert in the ‘Who’d have Thought It’ Cellar Door. Emma will MC the evening as well as regale the audience with tales of her musical journey through life and her amazing 16,000kms journey from London to Hong Kong on a bicycle!

The following morning Emma will chat whilst hosting a breakfast where devotees of ABC Classic FM can glean more about her most recent trip to Afghanistan and in particular her tutoring the students of the Afghanistan Youth Orchestra.

Emma doesn’t just involve herself in radio presenting, just when the world was reeling from the devastating effects of the tsunami in Asia, she could be found shortly afterwards playing her cello in Melbourne’s Federation Square raising $4800 through her busking. Once more, after the 2010 Queensland floods Emma was busking in George Street, Sydney raising significant donations for the victims of the floods.

Having started life as a musician, the decision to try radio occurred to Emma while she was riding a bicycle unaccompanied across the Taklamakan desert in north-west China. She was on a year-long quest, cycling from London to Hong Kong via Turkey, Pakistan and Iran, to raise money for charity. Emma recalls “I’d been in the Hong Kong Phil for eight years and had a great time but I was in my early 30s and beginning to feel maybe there was more to life than just playing rank-and-file viola in an orchestra,” she says. “I really didn’t know what I was going to do. I was just stepping into the void and seeing what happened afterwards.”

Besides her radio and MC’ing work, Emma was invited to record part of Moby Dick for an online reading, alongside Tilda Swinton, David Cameron and Simon Callow.  Moreover, she is the patron of the Sydney Gay and Lesbian Choir alongside Michael Kirby AC CMG.

Finally, the over arching aim of this event is to raise enough money to purchase a half cello in aid of the Afghanistan Youth Orchestra, a much needed instrument for this inspiring and resourceful orchestra.