Southern Gazette (South Perth) - - COMMUNITY CLASSIFIEDS -

MAE­STRO Mark Cough­lan re­ceived a toy piano at the age of two and has con­tin­ued up­grad­ing the model ever since.

Now with three grand pi­anos to his col­lec­tion, the Perth res­i­dent says he may soon need to buy a big­ger house.

Cough­lan has ex­panded his love af­fair with mu­sic over the past four years with his role of mu­sic di­rec­tor and con­duc­tor of the an­nual Vi­enna Pops New Year’s Con­cert, now in its 29th year.

“I love this sort of con­cert where the mu­sic is re­ally en­gag­ing and ap­peal­ing and light and we have some hu­mour,” he said.

“There isn’t a lot to do on New Year’s Eve in Perth – Syd­ney has the fire­works etc whereas we re­serve that for Aus­tralia Day.

“The con­cert fea­tures some re­ally tal­ented lo­cal peo­ple (this year in­cludes 14year-old pi­anist Wil­liam Hu) and is a great way of cel­e­brat­ing the night.”

Six so­pra­nos will take to the stage, per­form­ing op­erettas, duets and cho­ral en­ter­tain­ment.

“It starts at 9.30pm and the WHAT: Vi­enna Pops New Year’s Eve Cham­pagne Con­cert WHEN: De­cem­ber 31 WHERE: Perth Con­cert Hall TICK­ETS: www.perth­con­ first half runs for about an hour and then we break and have a glass of cham­pagne to get us into the mood even more and then the sec­ond half starts around 11pm and we try to time it so we fin­ish The Blue Danube just be­fore mid­night,” Cough­lan said.

“On the stroke of mid­night we have stream­ers, con­fetti and bal­loons and we do a great hoo-ha to wel­come in the New Year.

“Then we play Auld Lang Syne, which is a very touch­ing mo­ment, and fin­ish with the Radet­zky March, which ev­ery­one knows and loves and claps along to.”

Cough­lan is look­ing for­ward to a busy 2017.

He said he hoped sup­port for the value of arts and cul­ture re­mained strong in the New Year. Sara Fitz­patrick

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