Teacher tunes up for tour of Eu­rope

North West Telegraph - - News - Tay­lar Amonini

From coun­cil­lor to Mrs Clause, a Hed­land mu­sic teacher will em­bark on a new ad­ven­ture and show­case her mu­si­cal tal­ents to the world as she heads on a Euro­pean tour with the Mel­bourne Man­dolin Orches­tra.

Jan Gilling­ham will join five other man­dolin and gui­tar mem­bers of the West Aus­tralian Orches­tra on the MMO’s 50th an­niver­sary birth­day tour.

Next week, Gilling­ham will fly to Am­s­ter­dam with her fel­low mu­si­cians where they will share their sto­ries through the lan­guage of mu­sic.

She said she was hon­oured and ex­cited for the op­por­tu­nity to join mu­si­cians from across Aus­tralia and the world in the mu­si­cal tour.

“I have been for­tu­nate to at­tend these tours in the past, and, reach­ing 66 next week, I thought my tour­ing days might be com­ing to an end and now, once again, be­ing per­son­ally in­vited by con­duc­tor Werner Ruecker from MMO,” she said.

“It is with great ex­cite­ment that I tune up my man­dolin once again and em­bark on a tour with some of Aus­tralia’s finest man­dolin and clas­si­cal gui­tar play­ers from across Aus­tralia.”

Bounc­ing from Am­s­ter­dam to Ger­many, Gilling­ham and her fel­low mu­si­cians have been in­vited to end their tour with a per­for­mance at the BDZ In­ter­na­tional Man­dolin and Gui­tar Plucked String Fes­ti­val.

“Some­thing that we’ve just been told is that be­cause we’re the fur­thest trav­el­ling per­for­mance group, we will be able to open the fes­ti­val in the court­yard where every­one gath­ers in the af­ter­noon,” she said.

“To be in­vited to not only play in the au­di­to­rium where you’ve got about 2000 mu­si­cians all watch­ing ev­ery lit­tle bit that you’re play­ing, but to be able to play in this court­yard where every­one sits around to give a nice am­bi­ence is re­ally ex­cit­ing.”

Ms Gilling­ham said she would end her whirl­wind Euro­pean ad­ven­ture by vis­it­ing fam­ily in the Czech Repub­lic be­fore re­turn­ing to Hed­land in June.

Pic­ture: Tay­lar Amonini

Jan Gilling­ham will depart next week for her Euro­pean­man­dolin ad­ven­ture.

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