About this video: Established in 2015 with a grant from the Department of Education & Training, Accelerando enables gifted senior secondary school music students from Government schools to learn more about and prepare for a career in music performance.

The Centre creates tailored learning programs specific to the interests of each student to support their personal and professional development. The students participate in specialist lessons and master classes, meet industry professionals and artists, attend development workshops and see a range of Melbourne Recital Centre concerts.


Ben Ingvarson-Favretto drums

Charlotte Kube cello

Afrika Roach jazz guitar

Sam Ondaatje tenor saxophone

Nathan Iuoras piano

Ceridwen McCooey cello

Harper Dawson alto saxophone

Jamila Jalloh voice

Nathan Iuoras piano, Charlotte Kube cello, Nathan Iuoras keyboard and Ceridwen McCooey cello.

Ben Ingvarson-Favretto drums, Charlotte Kube cello, Afrika Roach jazz guitar, Aidan Efron bass, Sam Ondaatje tenor saxophone, Nathan Iuoras keyboard, Ceridwen McCooey cello, Harper Dawson alto saxophone and Jamila Jalloh voice.


Ben Ingvarson-Favretto began learning the drums at age 11 and since has been immersing himself in music programs and projects since. Highlights include Ben’s participation in the Victorian State Schools Spectacular Orchestra and the Secondary School Symphony program with Melbourne Symphony Orchestra, A Wave & Waves with Speak Percussion, Manningham Concert Band, school production orchestra and others. In 2017 Ben was voted Music Captain at Viewbank College and reached top 10 in this year’s Drumtek Competition for ‘Australia’s Best Up and Coming Drummer’. He was privileged to play at Hamer Hall in 2017 alongside his sister Jade Alice, winner of the Melbourne Music Bank song writing competition in 2015. This January, Ben will join the percussion section of Melbourne Youth Orchestra during a summer camp at Victorian College of Arts. Ben received lessons throughout his High School years from Will Hull-Brown (The Cat Empire), renowned Melbourne drummer Daniel Farrugia and Anthony Citino.

Charlotte Kube‘s musical journey began at age seven when she took up the challenge of learning cello at the School of the Air in Queensland. After relocating to North-West Victoria with her family, Charlotte’s studies have only intensified with the aim to study at Melbourne Conservatorium of Music once completing high school. Charlotte has played in many ensembles along the way, and has a passion of cello performance with a love for its rich tone and versatility.

Afrika Roach has always found comfort in the creativity of music. Her aim is explore many styles and push the boundaries of cross-genre music performance with a goal of writing and producing her own unique sound as an artist. As a solo artist, Afrika often throws back to her roots in folk music; her first and favourite genre she learnt to perform. Once graduated from VCE, Afrika ambition is to expand a creative portfolio and further her music abilities.

Born in Melbourne, pianist Christopher Gu is currently a student of Nossal High School. He was awarded his AMusA and LMusA by age 16 and currently studies under the direction of pianist and broadcaster, Kristan Chong.  Christopher has been a participant in various master classes learning from international and local pianists including Nikolai Demidenko, Lars Vogt and Glen Riddle. Christopher is a keen chamber musician and performs regularly as part of a piano trio, with an earnest passion to share classical music with young audiences.

Saxophonist Sam Ondaatje has had a rewarding 2017. Claiming first place in the Peter Martin U21 Jazz Soloist Competition, Sam was also named lead tenor for the Generations In Jazz super-band and was in the top 3 award winners for Monash University’s Emerging Jazz Musician Competition. His participation in a number of ensembles has been rewarded including first place for his high school’s Senior Jazz Orchestra at National Championships, a platinum performance at Victorian Schools Music Festival for both Jazz Orchestra and Symphonic Band and wins at Royal South Street Eisteddfod in categories for orchestra, jazz and symphonic groups. This evening, Sam is joined by James Heaney (piano), Che Ioannou-Booth (double bass) and Oliver Shute (drums) who are members of Suave Carousel ensemble who’ve been playing music together for the past two years.

Choosing to learn cello at age 9, Wynn McCooey was inspired by her peers to challenge their perceptions that the cello was a ‘boy’s instrument’, due to its size. Having learned the Suzuki method and studies along a fairly conventional path, Wynn’s passion for the instrument remains. With a passion for contemporary genres, Australian works and electronic effects such as looping, Wynn has to push her classical studies to new limits moving beyond standard cello repertoire while a student of Victorian College of the Arts Secondary School. With an Honourable Mention in the Austral Salon Outstanding Soloist Competition this year, Wynn broke new ground performing an Indian-style raga with amplified qualities by Australian composer Andrian Pertout. Her entry to the Ian Harrison Composer’s Award won second place for her electronic-dance / folk music inspired work. Wynn also performs in a String Quartet who also won first place in the VCASS Chamber Competition performing Beethoven’s String Quartet No.18 in C-minor.

Harper Dawson grew up surrounded by music and singing, yet discovered when auditioning for The Sweethearts, an all-female soul group based in Geelong, that perhaps singing wasn’t her calling. Instead, Harper took up the saxophone and joined their support band and hasn’t looked back since. Her passion has only increased. Performing alongside The Sweethearts across their European tour in 2017 has fuelled her desire to do extraordinary things through the opportunities afforded by music. Harper is a passionate supporter of females in the music industry, determined to prove that girls can do it too and believes music is her means of expression and exploration.

Nathan Iuoras performs and writes music in as many genres as there are keys on a piano. Nathan began taking weekly piano lessons at the age of five. His desire to compose began to flourish at the age of eight, when he wrote his first few piano compositions including ‘Russian Puppets’ (2nd prize in Original Composition at the 2009 Dandenong Festival of Music & Arts), ‘Joker’s Rag’, ‘Storm and Rain’, and ‘Funky Jazz’ (Honourable Mention – South Eastern Arts Festival). Since 2008 Nathan has entered piano competitions in Dandenong Festival of Music & Arts, South Eastern Arts Festival, National Bernstein Piano Competition, Ringwood Eisteddfod, and a number of other competitions. In 2015, Nathan began taking composition lessons with James Mustafa at Nossal High School, and under his guidance has matured as a composer and musician. Over the last year, Nathan has written a number of different chamber, orchestral and solo piano works, including ‘Prelude in E major’, ‘Doves Above’, ‘Cheeky Rag’, ‘Insanity’, ‘Camels in Search of Water’, ‘Malina’ and ‘Morning Song’ (where he was awarded the Monash University Emerging Jazz Composer Prize 2016).

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