Stringing up a feast

September 04, 2017

The Goulburn Valley Concert Orchestra will again delight audiences in a series of concerts this September.

The Goulburn Valley Concert Orchestra is again delighting audiences across the region in a series of three weekend concerts at Eastbank.

The Sunday afternoon chamber concerts began yesterday, with opening performances by a flute ensemble and viola quartet, as well as piano, violin, trumpet and vocal soloists Eloise Ford, Carole McGregor, Jesse Gawne and Felicity McCowan.

Ms McCowan was joined by vocalists Renee Moor and Charlotte Drinnan to give a repeat performance of Delibes’ Flower Duet from Lakme to conclude the first concert.

The Goulburn Valley Concert Orchestra is a community orchestra based in Shepparton that includes people from all walks of life and varied musical backgrounds. The group meets weekly under the direction of Wendy Oakes to rehearse and prepare for performances.

As a feature of a second concert on September 10, The String Ensemble will be directed by Peter Read and will perform along with flautist Imre Gontier and vocalist Sherryn Parnell.

The final concert on September 17 will feature Brian Matthews and Wade Gregory with a number of delectable jazz improvisations, the percussion ensemble under the direction of Bruce Archibald, and the WPSC VCE Music Performance group.

Greater Shepparton City Council performing arts and conventions manager Ken Cameron said the concerts provided an opportunity for musicians to explore music in all sorts of instrumental combinations.

‘‘(They) hone their skills in smaller ensembles or as soloists, form new friendships within the orchestra and bring three exciting and varied programs to the community,’’ Mr Cameron said.

‘‘Music plays a vital role in developing and inspiring our community, so it is wonderful to present a more relaxed style of musical performance that is accessible for individuals of all ages and backgrounds.’’

In partnership with Riverlinks, the concerts will each start at 2pm at Shepparton’s Eastbank Centre.

No bookings are required, but a gold coin donation is.

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