Mu­si­cal pre­miere

Seymour Telegraph - - NEWS - The Mitchell Shire Con­cert Band has been busy re­hears­ing for their Ar­mistice Cen­te­nary com­mem­o­ra­tive show, which pre­mieres in Sey­mour on Satur­day.

Open­ing night is al­most here for the Mitchell Shire Con­cert Band and the tal­ented group of lo­cal ac­tors who will stage the first of three Ar­mistice Cen­te­nary 1918-2018 com­mem­o­ra­tive shows on Satur­day in Sey­mour.

Held at the Com­mu­nity Arts Cen­tre in An­gle­sey St, the au­di­ence will hear the world pre­miere of a mu­si­cal piece called Un­bro­ken Spirit.

This was com­mis­sioned espe­cially for the event and com­posed by renowned mu­si­cian and composer Gra­ham Lloyd.

Mr Lloyd has many years of mu­si­cal ex­pe­ri­ence and cred­its in both play­ing and com­pos­ing, in­clud­ing con­duct­ing the Fed­er­a­tion Bells and Brass Con­cert at the Sid­ney Myer Mu­sic Bowl, Melbourne in Novem­ber 2001.

‘‘I have known Gra­ham for many years and knew that he was the right per­son to pro­duce the sort of piece I was need­ing for this show and it has turned out even bet­ter than I’d hoped,’’ Eric An­der­sen said.

Mr An­der­son is an ac­com­plished mu­si­cian and con­duc­tor with a long ca­reer in the mil­i­tary, head­ing up the De­fence Force School of Mu­sic for many years.

He and Sandy Sex­ton have spent hun­dreds of hours ar­rang­ing and pre­par­ing the mu­sic for the rest of the show, and are key mem­bers of Winded! ,a wood­wind trio, and the Ox­alis Quin­tet, both groups well-known for their fundrais­ing con­certs.

To sup­port this won­der­ful mu­si­cal pre­sen­ta­tion, Sean McKenna, play­wright, pho­tog­ra­pher, and phi­los­o­phy pro­fes­sor, has writ­ten a mov­ing story, sprin­kled with mo­ments of light re­lief, that give this script depth and va­ri­ety.

Mr McKenna is known for his other works Gravedig­ger and Ducks on the Pond, both staged by BATS.

Last but not least in this tal­ented team is Brett Har­vey, ac­com­plished ac­tor in many SPW and BATS pro­duc­tions in the past few years and di­rec­tor of the One Act Play Fes­ti­val sup­ported and run by SPW the past two years.

Other dates for the shows are Novem­ber 10 (in the Wal­lan Sec­ondary Col­lege Au­di­to­rium), and Novem­ber 11 (Broad­ford Shire Hall).

Ticket book­ings can be made at https:// www.try­book­ing.com/ XYLI or at the band’s web­site www.mitchell­shirecon­cert band.org.au and click through to the book­ing page.

For more in­for­ma­tion, phone 0420 200 278.

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