Feast for the ears


Shepparton News - - SN NEWS - By Sion­nie Kelly

Goul­burn Val­ley Con­cert Orches­tra will show­case its tal­ents at the group’s an­nual Cham­ber Con­cert se­ries this month.

Be­gin­ning on Sun­day, a wide col­lec­tion of beau­ti­ful mu­sic will sound through Shep­par­ton’s East­bank Cen­tre and peo­ple are be­ing en­cour­aged to take ad­van­tage of the free per­for­mances.

GV Con­cert Orches­tra’s Wendy Oakes said the Cham­ber Con­certs were a great way to de­velop peo­ple’s tal­ents.

‘‘It’s a lovely af­ter­noon out,’’ she said.

‘‘I think there’s some­thing there for ev­ery­one.

‘‘These con­certs al­low ev­ery­one to play the mu­sic that ap­peals to them.’’

The open­ing con­cert on Sun­day will in­clude per­for­mances by the flute en­sem­ble, a vi­ola quar­tet and a vi­ola duet, as well as soloists Eloise Ford on pi­ano, Ca­role McGre­gor on vi­ola, Jesse Gawne on trum­pet and vo­cal­ist Felic­ity McCowan.

Ms McCowan will be joined by Re­nee Moor and Char­lotte Drin­nan to give a re­peat per­for­mance of De­libes’ Flower Duet from Lakme to con­clude the first con­cert.

The String En­sem­ble di­rected by Peter Read, string quar­tet Fitette and wind trio Winded will fea­ture at the Sun­day, Septem­ber 10, con­cert along with soloists Imre Gon­tier on flute and vo­cal­ist Sher­ryn Par­nell.

The fi­nal con­cert on Sun­day, Septem­ber 17, will fea­ture Brian Matthews and Wade Gre­gory with some jazz im­pro­vi­sa­tions as well as the per­cus­sion en­sem­ble un­der the di­rec­tion of Bruce Archibald and the Wan­ganui Park Sec­ondary Col­lege VCE Mu­sic Per­for­mance group di­rected by Char­lotte Drin­nan.

Greater Shep­par­ton City Coun­cil performing arts and con­ven­tions man­ager Ken Cameron said the con­certs were a great op­por­tu­nity for GV Con­cert Orches­tra mem­bers to explore a wide va­ri­ety of mu­sic.

‘‘Mu­sic plays a vi­tal role in de­vel­op­ing and in­spir­ing our com­mu­nity, so it is won­der­ful to present a more re­laxed style of mu­si­cal per­for­mance that is ac­ces­si­ble for in­di­vid­u­als of all ages and back­grounds,’’ he said.

● En­try is a gold coin do­na­tion and book­ings are not re­quired. The con­certs will be held on Sun­day, Septem­ber 3, 10 and 17 at 2 pm at East­bank Cen­tre, 70 Wels­ford St in Shep­par­ton.

Pic­ture: Julie Mercer

Ready to per­form: Brian Matthews, Demi Wood and Wendy Oakes are look­ing for­ward to the an­nual GV Con­cert Orches­tra’s Cham­ber Con­certs.

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