Hills to Hawkesbury Living Magazine - - Arts & Entertainments -

Hills Shire lo­cal Sarah Ampil is set to star in the up­com­ing con­cert, Keep the Home Fires Burn­ing- A WWI Con­cert, at the brand new Pi­o­neer The­atre in Cas­tle Hill.

The clas­si­cally trained songstress will join her Oper­an­tics co-stars in the wartime clas­sic in the weeks lead­ing up to Re­mem­brance Day.

“Our line-up of songs and en­sem­bles is poignant, nos­tal­gic and up­lift­ing,” Sarah said.

“This pro­gram is suit­able for all ages and would be ideal for fam­i­lies and com­mu­nity groups who would like to re­live some of the stun­ning mu­sic in­spired by the Great War and be­yond.

“Our per­form­ers are all clas­si­cally trained and on the out­set of ex­cit­ing ca­reers. This is also a fan­tas­tic op­por­tu­nity to see some of Aus­tralia's emerg­ing op­er­atic tal­ent in con­cert - and for a frac­tion of the cost of a seat at the opera,” she added.

The con­cert will fea­ture clas­sic songs which have res­onated through gen­er­a­tions, in­clud­ing We'll Gather Li­lacs, Keep the Home Fires Burn­ing and Pack Up Your Trou­bles, as well as some lesser known gems, some clas­si­cal pieces from the era and some cheeky sur­prises too.

“We're also ex­cited to per­form some ensem­ble ren­di­tions of fa­mil­iar tunes, with mu­sic ar­ranged by one of our own singers,” Sarah said.

“And singing along is ab­so­lutely en­cour­aged!”

Sarah has been work­ing as a free­lance clas­si­cal singer for about 10 years and made her de­but with the Oper­an­tics in 2017.

To add to her ex­ten­sive re­sume, she has also com­pleted a Bach­e­lor of Mu­sic (Per­for­mance) at The Uni­ver­sity of NSW, a Masters of Mu­sic Stud­ies (Per­for­mance) and a Grad­u­ate Diploma in Opera Per­for­mance at the Syd­ney Con­ser­va­to­rium of Mu­sic.

Be­fore that, she had been work­ing on her craft dur­ing singings lessons and with a pri­vate teacher in The Hills.

Now, her work varies from per­form­ing roles in op­eras to recitals and solo con­cert work with choirs and or­ches­tras.

“I'm very for­tu­nate to be able to make a ca­reer from cre­at­ing and shar­ing art,” Sarah said.

“I'm also grate­ful to be a part of ini­tia­tives such as Oper­an­tics that chal­lenge the mis­con­cep­tions that opera and clas­si­cal mu­sic are ir­rel­e­vant, bor­ing or too ex­pen­sive,” she added.

Sarah is now gear­ing up for the 2019 Oper­an­tics sea­son.

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