The Pymble Ladies’ College Chamber String Orchestra is a select orchestra consisting of advanced players from Years 7 – 12. Many of the performers here have begun their string studies in the comprehensive String Program which begins at Year 3 in the College. The Chamber String Orchestra has enjoyed numerous successes in competitions and festivals both in Australia and internationally. During 2008 the Chamber String Orchestra had the honour of performing alongside the Australian Chamber Orchestra led by Richard Tognetti at our newly opened state of the art Gillian Moore Centre for the Performing Art as well as participating in workshops with them. They have also been invited several times to be guest artists for AUSTA (Australian String Teacher’s Association). The Chamber Strings plays a diverse range of repertoire from the 16th Century through to contemporary compositions. This year we have been very fortunate to have been able to include the use of Baroque bows and electric string instruments into our performances – both of which will be featured in this festival. During 2009 we will be premiering a work by Sylvia Lim, a Year 12 student in at the College. The work juxtaposes the old against the new; with the Concerto Grosso form being used and the continuo instruments being an electric violin and an electric cello.