Shepparton tunes up for spring

By John Lewis

Music lovers can once again enjoy springtime treats as the popular Goulburn Valley Concert Orchestra chamber series returns next month.

Three free one-hour Sunday concerts will be held in the function room at Shepparton's Eastbank centre from September 1. 

GV Orchestra leader Wendy Oakes said the concerts had proved popular since they began more than a decade ago.

"They started as small concerts in the art gallery, then moved to the cafe area at Eastbank - now they are in the function room and attract between 150 and 180 people which is fantastic," Mrs Oakes said.

"I think being on a Sunday they are good for older people to get to and they only go for an hour. They're also a fantastic showcase for local musicians who are still here, and for those who have moved away and then come back for these special performances," she said.

Mrs Oakes said performance highlights for this season included violist Carole McGregor using electronic loops, bassoonist Nyree O’Connor who would talk about the rarely heard instrument, and award-winning former GV Grammar School student Ryan Bhat who would return from Bachelor of Music studies at Melbourne University to perform on his favoured percussion instrument, the marimba.

Each concert starts at 2 pm in the Function Room.

Concerts are free, but a gold coin donation is appreciated.

The itinerary:

Sunday September 1:

Jazz with Brian Matthews and Wade Gregory.

Vocalist Sherryn Parnell, violinist Liesl Parnell.

Bruce Sterling, Wendy Oakes & Demi Wood - Mendelssohn Trio.

Bruce Archibald’s Percussion Ensemble.

Sunday September 8: 

Shepparton String Ensemble.

Nyree O’Connor (bassoon) and Charlotte Drinnan.

Miriam Drinnan (oboe).

Cindy Abbey - Haydn Trio.

String Sextet.

Woodwind Trio.

Sunday September 15:

Violist Carole McGregor “Looping”.

Imre Gontier.Flute Trio.

Brass Ensemble.Ryan Bhat (marimba).

Luella Drinnan (French horn).

Vocalist Renée Rankin.