Songs in con­vent

The Tatura Guardian - - News -

Tatura’s pic­turesque con­vent will come alive with soar­ing songs next month for Opera in the Con­vent Gar­den, fea­tur­ing renowned Aus­tralian tenor Michael Lap­ina and so­prano Eleanor Blyth­man.

Run by com­mu­nity group Kin­dred Spir­its, spokesper­son Gaynor Lee said funds raised by the group would stay in the Tatura com­mu­nity to pro­vide ed­u­ca­tional op­por­tu­ni­ties for lo­cal chil­dren en­coun­ter­ing bar­ri­ers that im­pede suc­cess.

‘‘Whether th­ese be fi­nan­cial, so­cial, cul­tural or aca­demic, this is a del­i­cate, sen­si­tive is­sue, but if it is han­dled prop­erly, could be a won­der­ful, pos­i­tive and up­lift­ing rea­son to at­tend our in­no­va­tive, his­tor­i­cal opera func­tion,’’ Ms Lee said.

She said just as the group worked tire­lessly be­hind the scenes in prepa­ra­tion for the big day, the per­form­ing guests were re­hears­ing the pop­u­lar opera num­bers.

Group mem­ber Sue Mancini said to be pre­pared to be daz­zled by bril­liant har­monies and stir­ring solo num­bers.

‘‘It is promised there will be some­thing for every­one from Puc­cini to An­drew Lloy­dWeb­ber and more,’’ Ms Mancini said.

In­spired by the in­creas­ing num­ber of chil­dren liv­ing in poverty, group mem­ber Julie Dun­can said ev­ery child had a right to have their daily ba­sic needs met.

‘‘Chil­dren need to be healthy, happy and not be ex­cluded and iso­lated from ev­ery­day ac­tiv­i­ties and we can all lend sup­port to fam­i­lies through com­mu­nity fundrais­ing such as our Opera in the Con­vent Gar­den,’’ Ms Dun­can said.

She said there was an in­creas­ing num­ber of grand­par­ents tak­ing on the task of bring­ing up their grand­chil­dren.

‘‘When life cir­cum­stances change it of­ten falls to grand­par­ents to as­sume full or part­time re­spon­si­bil­ity for their grand­chil­dren and Tatura is not im­mune to this,’’ Ms Dun­can said.

Tick­ets pur­chased by Satur­day, Novem­ber 17 cost $30 or $40 on the day.

Re­serve your ticket by phon­ing Julie Dun­can on 5824 3700 or Sue Mancini on 0418 577 964.

Opera in the Con­vent Gar­den will be held on Sun­day, Novem­ber 18 at the Tatura Con­vent, Ho­gan St, Tatura from 1pm.

Michael Lap­ina

Epic: Tatura’s pic­turesque con­vent will come alive with soar­ing songs next month for Opera in the Con­vent Gar­den, to raise funds for lo­cal chil­dren in need.

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