Southern Gazette (South Perth) - - LIFESTYLE -

WITH mul­ti­ple Ir­ish con­nec­tions through con­duc­tor Jes­sica Gethin and or­ches­tra chair­man Mau­rice Spil­lane, it did not take Perth Cham­ber Or­ches­tra di­rec­tor Bourby Web­ster long to get ev­ery­one on­board for An Ir­ish Night: Easter 1916 Re­mem­bered.

“Our con­cert­mas­ter Paul Wright has also re­cently been hav­ing tra­di­tional Ir­ish fid­dle lessons from the hugely tal­ented Robert Zielinksi who lives here in Perth, so he was keen to try out his new skills in con­cert,” Web­ster said.

The ‘lit­tle sis­ter’ of Perth Sym­phony Or­ches­tra, Perth Cham­ber Or­ches­tra com­prises some of the best play­ers from its big­ger sib­ling and per­forms a dif­fer­ent, more in­ti­mate reper­toire.

An Ir­ish Night: Easter 1916 Re­mem­bered will fea­ture the or­ches­tra’s lead­ing string play­ers and harpist along­side sev­eral guest artists per­form­ing at Perth’s GPO to mark the cen­te­nary of one of Ire­land’s most sig­nif­i­cant his­toric events – the 1916 Easter Ris­ing.

“It is an event that took place at the GPO in Dublin where a group of men be­gan a re­bel­lion that led even­tu­ally to Ire­land’s in­de­pen­dence from Bri­tain,” Web­ster said.

“The events of that Easter week re­bel­lion changed the course of his­tory for Ire­land, and make for a very fas­ci­nat­ing and im­por­tant story I knew we could tell in a mov­ing and beau­ti­ful way.

“We launched the Cham­ber Or­ches­tra in the GPO in 2013 and loved the acous­tics. When we re­alised the Easter Ris­ing took place in the GPO in Dublin, it was a no-brainer that we should hold the con­cert there.”

The mov­ing and his­tor­i­cally im­por­tant event in Ir­ish his­tory would be told through mu­sic, po­etry, danc­ing, food and more.

“While it is a con­cert, it is much more of an ex­pe­ri­ence,” Web­ster said. Three sets of mu­sic are sep­a­rated by two long in­ter­vals, so in true Ir­ish style the so­cial el­e­ments are as im­por­tant as the mag­i­cal mix of clas­si­cal mu­sic and tra­di­tional and con­tem­po­rary Ir­ish mu­sic. “The au­di­ence will be im­mersed in a night that will leave them feel­ing they’ve vis­ited Ire­land,” she said.

Tanya MacNaughton

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