Opera in the paddock
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.