Opera in the pad­dock

Matamata Chronicle - - News -

What do nurs­ing, opera and mar­quees have in com­mon?

They all came to­gether last Thurs­day morn­ing on the Pohlen pad­dock for a con­cert that was ‘‘not too heavy and not too light’’.

At the New Zealand Aged Care As­so­ci­a­tion Con­fer­ence in 2011, Pohlen Hospi­tal was lucky enough to win a con­cert from a tal­ented group of mu­si­cians led by a dual qual­i­fied nurse/opera singer, Su­san Boland.

Ms Boland, ac­com­pa­nied by Rose­mary Barnes on the pi­ano and sup­ported by Tam­syn Miller, Scot Hall and Derek Hill pre­sented a var­ied show that in­cluded pieces from mu­si­cals such as Phantom of the Opera and Les Mis­er­ables, war-time favourites like A Nightingale Sang in Ber- kely Square and sing-a-longs such as Oom Pah Pah from Oliver.

Once again Mata­mata busi­nesses and schools ral­lied around to make this com­mu­nity ac­tiv­ity a suc­cess, with mar­quees be­ing pro­vided by Mata­mata In­ter­me­di­ate School, L J Hooker, Stan­ley Group, Mata­mata Ped­dlers Cy­cling Club and Les­lie Carter.

Mata­mata In­ter­me­di­ate also pro­vided the por­ta­ble stage and Gra­ham Cum­m­mings pro­vided a so­phis­ti­cated out­side event elec­tri­cal switch­board which Elec­trico rigged to en­sure safe and con­sis­tent out­side power sup­plies and for the con­cert.

Pohlen Hospi­tal would like to thank Oper­atu­nity for do­nat­ing this won­der­ful show and sup­port­ers for mak­ing it pos­si­ble.

En­ter­tain­ing: Su­san Boland ac­com­pa­nied by Rose­mary Barnes on the pi­ano and sup­ported by Tam­syn Miller, Scot Hall and Derek Hill from Oper­atu­nity present a var­ied show on the Pohlen pad­dock.

En­joyed: A great time is had by pa­tients and res­i­dents from Pohlen Hospi­tal, Mata­mata Coun­try Lodge and a num­ber of fam­ily, friends, vol­un­teers and lo­cals from around Mata­mata, with the Oper­atu­nity con­cert at­tended by be­tween 70 and 80 peo­ple.

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