Rachel John is the founder and musical director of the vibrant Classic Sounds Orchestra Association who recently accepted the prestigious 2017 Australia Day award for Active Citizenship.

Rachel grew up in Armadale and then spent the last 20 years in the music industry as a performer, educator, workshop facilitator, and administrator.
She is passionate about strengthening community spirit and believes the Arts have no age, gender or cultural boundaries. Rachel is fascinated by the positive impact music, art and dance have on communities; she studies cultures and collects ideas from around the world and across centuries of artistic development. She believes that:

"Artistic and creative endeavours are what fill our souls with colour; they are a form of expression that is universally spoken. 

It is a joy to be part of a community rich in cultural diversity and inspirational peers, and I am proud to be an ambassador for the growth of artistic values."


To join this group musicians need to know how to read music and be able to play in first position across all strings of their Violin, Viola, Cello or Double Bass. This is an ideal group for musicians returning to their instrument after having a break for a number of years, or players new to learning. Playing in an ensemble is the key to having a sense of purpose and feeling like doing practice is more worthwhile. This orchestra is ever evolving and all music now caters for woodwind, brass and percussion. 


Having had its humble inception in 2006, this group now plays music of an intermediate level and operates as a full orchestra with Strings, Woodwinds, Brass and Percussion. Playing music to suit all musical palates, musicians are at a minimum 3rd grade level of skill. Members are encouraged also to compose and arrange music that can then be performed by the group. Music ranges from Film, Television and Musical Theatre themes, to Folk and popular Classics – there is something for everyone. 





We have heaps of fun playing fiddle tunes from across the world, but we are not just all violins, we also have guitar and tin whistle players.



The Twinkle Stars in a group incorporating singing songs, movement to music, rhythmic percussion, and playing a string instrument such as the Violin, Viola or Cello. This means that you do need to be willing for your child to hire/buy an instrument and bring it along each week. No experience is required and we start with the absolute basics. Mums and Dads are encouraged to join in!! The Twinkle Stars is aimed at 2-8yr olds. 

Class facilitator, Rachel John says, " I am inspired by the fact that music is a special gift and that research proves that learning music assists children academically particularly due to the regular stimulation of bot sides of the brain. The earlier we do this, the more equipped our children will be.” 

"There is a movie called “Music of the Heart” with Meryl Streep in it, about a true story of an inspiration teacher giving group music lessons. In addition, the Suzuki Method of violin/viola/cello again caters to group learning. Finally, I have two little children and I want them to be involved.” 

The CSO Association is a vibrant community of musicians that is right on our doorstep and as with all the CSO ensembles, membership entitles attendance at all groups. Child membership is $70 per year and if a sibling or parent would like to join in, the cost is an extra $30 to make it a family membership of $100.

Rehearsals are Mondays 3:15-4pm at the Armadale Salvation Army Church.

For expressions of interest, contact Rachel, 0411 654 757 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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