Teacher tunes up for tour of Europe
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.
Jan Gillingham will depart next week for her Europeanmandolin adventure.