Memo­rial con­cert draws on ta­lent

The Weekly Advertiser Horsham - - News - BY DEAN LAW­SON

Hor­sham’s Richard Mor­ris Memo­rial Con­cert is build­ing on grow­ing the­atri­cal ta­lent in the Wim­mera after one of the largest per­former line-ups in the event’s 15-year his­tory.

Event spokes­woman Jan Mor­ris said the num­ber of per­form­ers and the ta­lent on dis­play at Hor­sham Town Hall on Satur­day night was stag­ger­ing.

“It was just won­der­ful. I would say it was the largest in­volve­ment of per­form­ers since the con­certs started,” she said.

“There is so much ta­lent out there, which is very healthy for the arts in Hor­sham.

“It also tells us that the con­cert is here to stay and ev­ery­one has al­ready started think­ing about next year.”

Mrs Mor­ris said the night had sev­eral highlights apart from in­di­vid­ual per­for­mances, in­clud­ing pre­sen­ta­tions of the event’s first life-mem­ber­ship – to Stacey Bren­nan – and the an­nounce­ment of schol­ar­ship win­ners.

“Stacey Bren­nan has been do­ing the con­cert as a per­former or di­rec­tor for 15 years,” she said.

“She is a ‘yes Jan’ girl and the recog­ni­tion is highly ap­pro­pri­ate. It was a very spe­cial part of the night.”

The­atri­cal per­former Liam Robert­son, 15, who has been wow­ing au­di­ences in Hor­sham pro­duc­tions this year and per­formed again in var­i­ous en­sem­bles on Satur­day night, won a $1000 Richard Mor­ris Schol­ar­ship.

“The an­nounce­ment was very pop­u­lar,” Mrs Mor­ris said.

“We look for a pas­sion for theatre and what the per­form­ers hope to achieve and his ap­pli­ca­tion was won­der­ful.”

Mrs Mor­ris said judges also an­nounced a $250 en­cour­age­ment award for 13-year-old fledg­ling mu­si­cal com­poser Dar­cie Lan­dri­gan.

“It’s great to know that ev­ery­one who has had their name on a schol­ar­ship shield is still work­ing in the arts some­where around the world,” she said.

Mrs Mor­ris said the con­cert man­aged to at­tract a crowd of more than 300 de­spite com­pe­ti­tion from many other com­mu­nity events.

“We had a great au­di­ence. We even had peo­ple there from over­seas who were blown away with the high level of per­for­mance,” she said.

TA­LENT: Cather­ine Bates, ac­com­pa­nied by Darlene Smith, plays the bas­soon at the Richard Mor­ris Memo­rial Con­cert at Hor­sham Town Hall. Pic­ture: PAUL CAR­RACHER

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